Awards ceremony

Masikhule held its annual awards ceremony to recognise principals and early learning centres that have exceeded expectations and to celebrate its successes, at an event at The Farmhouse in Somerset West last week. Masikhule is a local, registered NPO which trains women from marginalised communities in Early Childhood Development (ECD), mentoring 30 ECD centres, and benefiting more than 2 000 children under the age of six. This year there were five awards given: Most Promising Newcomer 2016, awarded to Bright Future Educare (Asanda Village); Best application of ECD Programme 2016, awarded to Rise and Shine Educare (Asanda Village); Best Management of ECD Centre 2016, awarded to Bridgepark Educare (Macassar);

Best implementation of Early Learning Resource Library resources 2016, awarded to Wendy’s Daycare (Firgrove); and Best application of Business Skills 2016, awarded to Sunshine Kiddies (Sir Lowry’s Pass). “Masikhule would like to congratulate all of the award winners.They have all gone the extra mile and consistently impress us with their implementation of solid educational programmes in their centres. These women are making a meaningful difference in the lives of the children they teach and are an inspiration to their communities,” said Léanne Keet, founding director of Masikhule. For more information, visit

Pictured are the Masikhule team, at back, from left, Lulu Ntulini, Sandy Immelman, Else de Jong, Léanne Keet, Karen Bufé, Coreen Vlok, and in front, Veronica Ngavu.