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Zenzele's children were bustling around at play and on mysterious errands on Tuesday when Mama Angel came to visit.

About half the residents had gone to visit their extended families for the school holidays. The home is in Finetown, south of Johannesburg, near Lenasia.

The township is a mix of owner-built houses and shacks. During the day the place teems with thousands of unemployed people.

Zenzele Home-based Care Centre and Orphanage is home to 60 orphaned children.

It also feeds about 1600 children from child-headed families. There are 45 staff members who work a daily shift and five others live at the home to look after the children.

It was founded by the late Winnie Mabaso, a Nation Building community builder finalist last year in the senior category. Mabaso died a month after being presented with the award. Her project was featured in Zola7.

A national hardware company has promised to build a wall around the property, and Mama Angel and Pick 'n Pay gave the centre food.

"Our centre is open 24 hours a day," said Lindi Tukula, the new project manager.

"We cook three meals a day for 1600 children from outside the home who depend on us for their daily sustenance.

"The centre also offers home-based care to HIV-Aids patients, people suffering from TB, and the chronically ill and physically disabled people of Finetown. The caregivers are the ones who identify children in need.

"Some of the children we feed belong to child-headed families or live with their grandmothers, who have very little to give them and have virtually nothing in the way of amenities or recreation," said Modiehi Rantal, the coordinator, who helps look after the orphans.

"I know that it does not look glamorous, but it is a good job," said Dorah Mohanoni, a caregiver.

"We look after people in the township who are ill and the children. The children can be naughty, but their naughtiness is natural and does not cause us stress."

The centre has appointed Louis Kubeka to raise funds for the project.

"We are trying to find a corporate sponsor to be our partner," he said.


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