Executive Mayor with children from local crèches at Matlala Hospital hall during the district municipality’s commemoration of the November Children’s Month. Photo by Dan Mdluli
TSIMANYANE – With the November month Children’s Day celebrations nearing an end next week, Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) visited the Children’s Ward at Matlala Hospital outside Marble Hall in the Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality on Wednesday.
According to the district municipality, the purpose of the event was to make children secured and cared for at all times in a safe, loving and stimulating environment.
The district municipality said through the visit to the hospital, it sought to develop each child’s self-esteem through self-awareness, develop social and emotional interactions with their peers and adults, and further teach children proper nutritional habits, and improve their physical development.
Sekhukhune Executive Committee Members (Exco), health professionals, councilors, the hospital’s CEO Linda Mazibuko, traditional leaders, local crèches, various local structures, Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality Mayor Bella Kupa accompanied Executive Mayor Stan Ramaila as he commemorated the November Children’s Month at the hospital.
Ramaila expressed appreciation of the hospital’s acceptance for the district municipality’s proposal to host the event at the facility.
“We are honoured by the hospital’s support in letting us come celebrate this important event with the children here,” said Ramaila.
The Executive Mayor encouraged everyone to ensure proper upbringing of children and condemned, in the strongest possible terms, abuse of the young ones.
“Everyone must take responsibility in ensuring children’s wellbeing. We need to do everything we can to save this generation. Parents still have a huge responsibility of instilling morals in children, for they are the future. Let us at all times ensure protection of their rights and encourage them to get education,” concluded Ramaila.
Linda Mazibuko, Matlala Hospital CEO, applauded the move by the district municipality to reach out to children in the district.
Mazibuko said he viewed the initiative as a continuation of the legacy of the late international Icon, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
Ramaila further cut a cake for the children to enjoy, gave them presents and lit them a Christmas tree at the hospital’s hall.