Emma Makhatini’s residence in Blue Downs, also known as the Ethembeni Educare & Children’s Care Centre, is home to 21 children who call her ‘mommy’. As a widowed pensioner, Makhatini could not afford to upgrade her security, which put her at risk of losing her Department of Social Development (DSD) registration.
The DSD registration affords Makhatini the discretion to continue running her safe house for orphaned and abused children, so to ensure this happens, the Shoprite Group took hands with New Kidz to implement the required safety upgrades. This includes the installation of security gates, a carport, burglar bars and a fresh coat of paint.
- Emma Makhatini (71), Ethembeni Educare & Children’s Care Centre
To celebrate the revamp, staff from Shoprite’s home office volunteered their time to paint a mural at Ethembeni and to spend some time with the children this past Saturday.
- Adele Lambrechts, Shoprite Group PR, Communications & CSI Manager
As a business with heart Shoprite is committed to #ActForChange by empowering and supporting women, like Makhatini, who work hard to make a meaningful difference in their communities.