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MAMA Angel attended a party in Klipriviersberg, southern Johannesburg, which was organised by the city council.
The city's human development department treated about 1000 orphans and vulnerable children to a birthday party. Several other departments lent their support.
The Joburg Zoo brought animals to be touched and petted by the children. The favourites were an orange snake and a "fat" frog.
Assistant director Nkele Moumakwe of the human development department said they wanted the children to have a birthday party just like other children.
"We have 14000 children on our database and we rotate these children from all regions, from A to G, so that all have a chance to come to a party," Moumakkwe said.
"We also have children from Jiswa who have disabilities and children from migrant families who live in Yeoville, Hillbrow and Fordsburg.
"This is the third year we have had a party for them."
The department of health was present because of the 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Child Violence.
Department of health director Refik Bismilla said his department regularly visited schools to teach children about hygiene and health.
"We immunised about one million children against measles this year," she said.
"We also visit crèches and schools in Soweto, Orange Farm and Alexandra to teach them basic hygiene."
Sowetan donated toys for the party and all those gathered watched while Bheki Khuzwayo, whose actual birthday it was, cut the cake along with Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo.
The children were treated to lunch and cake and onviously enjoyed the day.
"The children wait all year for this party. We are grateful to Sowetan for responding to our request for toys," Moumakwe said.