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Exco approves ECD action plan

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The Executive Council (Exco) has approved the Early Childhood Development (ECD) action plan for the province to be implemented. The plan includes the establishment of non-centre based ECD programmes in remote and farming areas to increase ECD access. The council met last Thursday and the resolutions taken during the meeting were made public by the Provincial Government Spokesperson, Phuti Seloba during the Post Exco media briefing held at Mowaneng Building on Monday.
The ECD action plan will also ensure the establishment of ECD infrastructure and registration, coordination and integration of ECD services at all levels of delivery, including the establishment of structures, review of ECD strategy and terms of reference. Seloba explained that the plan will also look at the development of ECD curriculum and improvement of conditions services of ECD practitioners and implementation of child health programmes.
He said the council has noted an increase in National Schools Nutritional Programme enrolment and improved attendance and retention in Limpopo schools. 398 small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMME) have been empowered with over 10 000 food handlers appointed.
Jane Furse township establishment
The council resolved that the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) should engage owners of the identified land with a view of purchasing in addition to the church land for the establishment of a government complex and other supporting facilities to create sustainable human settlement.
LTSM procurement
The Executive Council has noted that the Department of Education has developed a new Strategy, Ten Point Plan, to ensure timeous delivery of Learning and teaching Support Material (LTSM) for the next academic year. The delivery of LTSM to schools is expected to start in September and conclude in October.
Stability of Lim 345
The council resolved that Coghsta MEC be mandated to invoke either section 154 of the Constitution or section 87 of the Municipal Structures Act to provide services in some wards within Lim 345 Local Municipality. The Executive council further resolved that this interim arrangement should be in line with the provision of section 87(4) of the Municipal Structures Act. The Provincial Government will resources to augment Lim 345 municipal resources and the parties will agree on the duration of interim measures.

Story: ENDY SENYATSI
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