The Knysna Municipality has issued a press release regards the closure of the Smarties Creche in Upper Old Place. This issue caused an uproar on Facebook and i previously posted a blog about it.
NON COMPLIANCE MAIN REASON FOR CRÉCHE APPLICATION TURNED DOWN
Council recently refused the application of Boekenhout Creche, also known as “Smarties”, to operate a crèche with a capacity of 50 children from Erf 2443 in Boekenhout Street, Knysna.
Acting Executive Mayor Esmé Edge said that the safety and well-being of children and the youth are a main concern of the municipality. “As a Local Government organisation we have the responsibility to ensure that the criteria, as set out by the Western Cape Provincial Government and Eden District Municipality, to run a crèche as a business, are met, before we grant approval for such business to go ahead. It is also important to note that there are serious traffic concerns surrounding the site of the crèche since it is situated on a blind corner, which could endanger the lives of the children.”
She continued to say that the municipality has been liaising with the owners of the crèche with regard to non-compliance for more than a year.
“We first made contact in March 2013 when we received a complaint about the school. At this stage they were operating illegally, and were requested to submit the relevant documentation. Despite continuous efforts from the relevant department to obtain the outstanding information, when the matter went to Council last week, some info was still not forthcoming. Another problem came to light when the letter with the bond holder’s consent, as required by legislation, only granted approval for the crèche, which is housed in a particular section of the property, to have a maximum of three children.”
Edge said “As far as we can we have to ensure the proper care and safety of the children in our municipal area and we simply cannot approve applications unless all the required documentation and processes are in order and adhered to.”