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Parents urged to report illegal crèches, verify facilities after toddler's death

Owami Ndlovu died yesterday at the Rose Day Care Centre in Bramley, an illegal day care centre.

FILE: The department says parents should ensure that the centres they send their children to have been certified. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Social Development Department has called on communities to report illegal crèches and for parents to verify whether a facility is legal, after a 19-month-old boy drowned in an unused swimming pool.

Owami Ndlovu died yesterday at the Rose Day Care Centre in Bramley, an illegal day care centre that the department says was taking care of children in a hazardous environment.

Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza says the death of the 19-month-old child could have been avoided if the crèche in question had registered with her department to ensure the safety of the children.

The department says parents should ensure that the centres they send their children to have been certified.

Spokesperson Mbangwa Xaba says there is an incentive for illegal crèches to come forward as support will be provided.

"Government will not penalise you, we will assist you to go through the regularisation process and we'll assist you to meet the compliance."

The funeral of Ndlovu will be held in central Johannesburg tomorrow.

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