Social Development’s ‘Mikondzo Project’ Falls Short

3rd September 2013    



The IFP welcomes the Minister of Social Development’s efforts to improve the lives of children living in child-headed households. But Minister Bathabile Dlamini’s Mikondzo Project falls short of the mark.


IFP Spokesperson on Social Development, Ms Helen Makhuba MP, said, “Instead of placing an adult in child-headed homes to care for the children until they are old enough to take care of themselves, Mikondzo has people, offering limited assistance, coming in and out of these homes. This is simply not good enough.”


Children need consistent guidance from a stable, accessible and trusted adult. The IFP has therefore repeatedly urged the Department to promote the practice of Ubuntu which would see an older responsible family member living with the children. 


Makhuba explained, “This will allow the children to grow up within their own family and know their family values, culture and tradition. Instead of training 3000 people to work with child-headed homes, the Department could have trained people to regularly assess the children’s living conditions under the care of their older family member.” 


The IFP urges the Department of Social Development to encourage family members outside of child-headed households to live with these children, and also to encourage these children to welcome their responsible family member. 


Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Social Development, Ms Helen Makhuba MP, 073 268 3063


Or contact: 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus’ Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252