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SOUTH AFRICA: OVC get new shelter

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JOHANNESBURG, 25 January (PLUSNEWS) - Orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) in the remote town of Kokstad are to benefit from a new facility constructed by the housing department of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.

The provincial department of Welfare and Health is working closely with Local Housing Minister Mike Mabuyakhulu to ensure the sustainability of the US $250,000 House of Comfort Children's Village.

"Government can not fold its arms when children are condemned to a bleak future ... therefore, we will do everything in our power to create an environment fit for children, where no child goes to bed without a meal," he said in a statement.

Mabuyakhulu noted that the number of child-headed households was steadily increasing as children lost their parents to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.



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