Early Childhood Development Centres – Long-term leases approved

 KOUGA – Kouga Municipality approved the long-term lease of 22 erven to Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDC) across the region.

This crucial item was tabled for input and approval at an Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, 27 March 2024, marking a pivotal moment in the municipality’s efforts to support early childhood development initiatives.

According to Kouga Executive Mayor, Hattingh Bornman, the decision to pursue long-term leases follows a careful review of previous Council resolutions regarding the transfer of properties to registered social care organisations operating within the region.

“Initially, there was a resolution to transfer the properties through a deed of donation with restrictive conditions, specifically for social care purposes,” said Bornman. “However, after careful consideration, it was determined that providing long-term leases to the organisations would be a more suitable and sustainable approach, particularly in light of associated costs such as rates and taxes, which would fall under the responsibility of the property owner.”

It’s important to note that all the top structures on these properties were erected by the Department of Social Development, aimed at benefiting the lessee organisations.

Bornman said, “By securing long-term leases for Early Childhood Development Centres, the municipality aims to foster stability and continuity in the provision of essential services to young children and their families. These centers play a vital role in nurturing the holistic development of children, laying a strong foundation for their future success.

“The move also reflects the municipality’s commitment to promoting social welfare and empowering grassroots initiatives that contribute to the overall well-being of the community.

“Through partnerships and strategic decision-making, the municipality strives to create an enabling environment for sustainable development and growth.”