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National Child Protection Week march

10 June 2015
Kouga Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas (centre) at the Child Protection Week commemoration in Patensie. With her are Francina Claassen from Love Life, Banele Phakamisa (11) from Masisebenze Primary, Hazel Goeda (14) from Patensie Primary and Elario Felix from Social Development.

Kouga Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas (centre) at the Child Protection Week commemoration in Patensie. With her are Francina Claassen from Love Life, Banele Phakamisa (11) from Masisebenze Primary, Hazel Goeda (14) from Patensie Primary and Elario Felix from Social Development.

Stakeholders of Kouga gathered at the Patensie Sports Fields in Ramaphosa Village on Tuesday, 9 June, to commemorate National Child Protection Week.

Patensie and Masisebenze Primary Schools learners were the honoured guests, with various speakers motivating and delivering educational messages on the subject.

The programme was led by the Department of Social Development, in conjunction with Kouga Municipality, the South African Police Services, Love Life and Childline. Each of the stakeholders had a message for the day.

Speaking at the event, Kouga Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas said community leaders, in all sectors, had a responsibility to protect children and that it was time to go back to the old adage "it takes a village to raise a child".

"We cannot simply leave it up to their biological parents to see to it that children receive the necessary protection against neglect, physical and sexual abuse."

"The future of our children will define the future of our society and, therefore, we all have a responsibility to declare that abuse of children will not happen under our watch," said Kettledas.

National Child Protection Week is commemorated annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Children's Act of 2005.

The theme for this year's commemoration was “Working Together to Protect Children”. The national launch was held in Kokstad on 31 May.

To find out more about Child Protection Week one can visit www.gov.za/child-protection-week-2015.

To get help call Childline South Africa 0800 055 555, Child Welfare on 042 295 2880/ 042 291 0697 or email them at info@childwelfare.org.za.