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Sizakele Manana had the rare experience of being raised in a day care centre, and the privilege of having it named after her.
Her aunt – a kind, loving woman – ran Sizakele Day Care Centre from her home for many years, and when her sister (Sizakele’s mother) passed away in 1997, she took her nieces and nephews in and raised them along with the students she considered as her children.
Sizakele, who is the eldest amongst her siblings and her cousins, spent her school-going years racing home to the centre to help her aunt. Since she can remember, she has had this pressing urge to nurture and teach children, even when she was a child herself.
When her aunt also passed away, she suddenly found herself 16 years old and the head of an entire household.
Her namesake day care centre closed down, and she stopped going to school to become a full-time caretaker to her cousins and siblings.
It was years later that the idea of opening her own day care centre began to settle in Sizakele’s mind. After a false start and a hard lesson in failure, Sizakele established Pure Angels Day Care Centre in 2016.
Here, Sizakele takes her innate passion for children and marries it with all the knowledge that helping her aunt all those years inevitably gave her, topping it all off with part-time Early Childhood Development studies.
In Barcelona, a section of Etwatwa township not far from Benoni, she and her sister run Pure Angels from two classrooms in the yard of Sizakele’s RDP house. Her biggest aim? To keep her students safe from the turbulence of a township childhood. To give them a safe and steady place to develop in.
At the moment, 17 young ones from 2 – 5 attend the day care.
The duo’s biggest worries are their lack of matrasses for the children and trepidation over whether or not their newly built classrooms’ roofs will withstand this year’s rain. Unexpected expenses have the potential of crippling them financially, as their only income is derived from irregularly paid school fees from parents.
Photographer: Leora Hart from Leora Hart Photography | Voice Artist: Nicholate Ngongoshe | Writer: Ané Breytenbach