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Every person across the country must take responsibility and ensure that all children are kept safe.

This was the clarion call from the Western Cape Department of Social Development, the SAPS, and organisations, such as Child Welfare Stellenbosch, Pink Ladies, Valley Development Project and Identi Mass, who all today (29 May 2018), addressed the Provincial Standing Committee on Community Development in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament about programmes relating to child protection.

In light of Child Protection Week, it was pleasing to note the passion that all entities have for the safekeeping and development of children. I also welcome the roll out of the Department’s Eye-on-the-Child programme in Oudtshoorn, along with the implementation of its Isibindi programme in Houtbay, Imizamo Yethu, Philippi, Mitchells Plain, St Helena Bay, Hopefield, Saldanha Bay and Grabouw.

These programmes, which are community based and focusses on prevention and early intervention for vulnerable children, by among others assessing and referring children for health, trauma, education and material assistance, clearly demonstrates the caring nature of the DA-led Western Cape Government.

I call on Minister Albert Fritz and his Department to continue supporting the more than two-thousand (2000) organisations, so that the further improvement in the lives of children can be achieved. Furthermore, to ensure the expansion of these and other interventions, so that the various community needs can be addressed.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we commend all volunteers in organisations, for their unwavering commitment in relentlessly working to keep our children safe.

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