On Saturday the 30 March, the Tshwane Shapers spent the morning in Mamelodi, playing games and getting sugar a rush with the kids. Every year the shapers take time to visit the centre, spread some love and interact with the care givers and centre manager to understand the dynamics that exist and where support is need.
The Tshwane Hub has partnered with the centre for the past 5 years. The centre supports close to 500 kids in total with 100 kids coming through daily for homework assistance and food. For some the meal served at the centre is the only meal they receive in a day.
Billy Vilakazi, who is the centre manger refers to it as a drop- in centre as the kids do not stay there but come for refuge and support. The kids get to interact and play with other kids, they are fed and over and above that there are social work resources on the premises to support the kids holistically.
This centre has been a haven for the kids. However recently the centre has been experiencing vandalism and crime from the new informal settlement dwellers that have recently joined the community. The centre structure has been broken down and this has exposed the centre and kids to danger. There have been some discussions with the members from the informal settlement to sensitize them about the work that is happening at Siyadinga, more work and community cooperation is still need in order to secure the premises.
The centre is currently under resourced and in need of support. We ask that if you know someone who can support, please reach out to the Tshwane Global Shapers via Thembile Ndlovu on firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Rivonia Pillay on email@example.com.