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Awareness of cultural norms and values is important for a child’s development

South Africa celebrates Heritage Day on the 24th September each year.  This public holiday was introduced at the time of our country’s democracy to highlight the many people from different cultural backgrounds who together create our Rainbow Nation.  On this day South African’s are encouraged to celebrate their specific culture and/or enjoy the shared practice of people coming together for a braai. Here at DCYCC …

To the smart, brave and phenomenal women of DCYCC

As women’s month draws to a close, I feel the need to shine a spotlight on the phenomenal women who have over the years impacted on the lives of our young people, more specifically our girl children. This diverse group of women, of all ages and backgrounds have individually and collectively contributed towards our girls discovering their worth and finding their voices. These women: employees …

Being mindful of our mental health during times of social unrest

Being mindful of our mental health during times of social unrest At the beginning of this year, who could have guessed that we would see ourselves battling the third wave of the pandemic and protests across KZN and Gauteng triggered by the arrest of Jacob Zuma. As the protests progressed into looting and total chaos, we realised that this was more than just about the …

Youth Month – Daring to Dream

The Month of June is celebrated as “Youth Month” in South Africa, in remembrance of the massacre of school children during the Soweto Uprising of 1976. The purpose of this time includes paying tribute to the brave young people that took a stand against inequality in our country. Its also a time for us to reflect on the resilience of our youth of today.  The …

Importance of a Father in a child’s life!

Importance of a Father in a child’s life! Fathers, like mothers, are crucial for a child’s healthy development.  Children look to their parents, both mum and dad to provide for their needs.  They look to their parents, especially their fathers to provide them with a sense of safety and security, both physically and emotionally. As we commemorate Child Protection Week at the end of May …

Care Givers need Self Care

‘Self-care’, sounds so indulgent, doesn’t it? “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you” ~ Katie Reed Well you will be pleased to know that self-care really does matters! And if we are to be intentional in how we care for our children, we need to be able to take care of ourselves first. As we say in …