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​​​​Children - Bana Pele 


The Bana Pele vision was articulated as the brain child of the Gauteng Provincial Government in June 2004. The project was then launched in June 2005.The initiative was conceptualised as a shared project of Department of Social Development, Education as well as the Health Department with Department of Social Development spearheading the project.

 The key focus of Bana Pele is within the broader vision of making Gauteng a Province "fit for children" by ensuring that vulnerable and orphaned children between the ages of 0-18 years are able to access an integrated  package of services through a 'single window'.

The programme is expected to  improve integrated access  to services  for children in the Gauteng Province through  a  single point of entry  for comprehensive  services provided  by the three  core  departments

 Central to the single window package is an identification, tracking and referral system which aims at assisting the service providers to identify the needs of children, provide a single point of contact with referrals between the service providers, track services provided to children so as to eliminate duplication of processes. The system would further assist in in improving efficiency in service delivery, identify priorities for budget allocation, decision making information, identification of trends between the service providers and would also serve as a reporting tool.


Bana Pele program aims at assisting vulnerable children and orphans, to access a package of services through a "single window". The goal is to alleviate poverty among vulnerable children aged 0-18 years in order to provide the best possible start in life.​

  • To target children under the age of six and school going children in Gauteng
  • To target children who are recipients of the Child Support and Foster Care Grants.
  • To improve efficiency in the delivery of services to children in the province.
  • To improve access to GPG services and to ensure that more children benefit from the program.
  • To enhance identification, referral and tracking of orphaned and vulnerable children in the province

Service Providers

  • Gauteng Department of Social Development
  • Gauteng Department of Health
  • Gauteng Department of Education
  • South African Social Security Agency ( SASSA)
  • Gauteng Department of Finance( GDF)

Package of Services:

Preschool package - children aged 0-6

  • Child support grant for children who live in households income under R1100 per month          
  • Foster care grant for those who qualify
  • Free primary health care at clinics and hospitals including immunization
  • Free screening of early detection of possible disabilities and special needs
  • Psycho social support

School going package - children aged 7-18

  • ​Child support grant for those who qualify
  • Free primary health care (at clinics only)
  • School uniform for identified beneficiaries
  • School feeding (all no fee paying primary schools and quintile 1 & 2 secondary schools)
  • Scholar transport (for children who live over 5km from the nearest school in rural or farm areas)

​Services offered by the 3 Departments

Gauteng Social Development (Lead Department)

  • ​​Child support grant through SASSA
  • Foster care grant through SASSA
  • School uniform
  • Psychosocial support
  • Provision of dignity packs for identified school going children (sanitary towels for girls, toothpaste, lotion, roll-on, Vaseline, a bar of soap)​

Gauteng Department of Health

Free Primary health care

  • Integrated Nutrition Program from 0-6 years
  • ​School Health services
  • Free health care at clinics and hospitals
  • ​Free screening for early detection of possible disabilities and special needs

Gauteng Department of Education

  • School Feeding as per GDE qualifying criteria
  • School fee exemption as per GDE policies
  • Scholar transport (for children who live over 5km from the nearest school in rural and farm areas)​

Expected Outcomes

  • To alleviate poverty among the vulnerable children between the ages of 0 and 18years of age in order to provide the best possible start in life.
  • Improved integrated access to GPG Services for children by their parents, foster parents   and care givers.
  • Facilitate a holistic approach to service provision to children by the Gauteng Provincial Government
  • Develop an interdepartmental response to the alleviation of child poverty

Supporting Departments

 Stakeholders supporting the programme include

  • Department of Home Affairs
  • Local Government (Municipalities: Orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) unit)

Other key Stakeholders

  • ​Private Sector Partners
  • Community Based Organisation (CBO)
  • Faith Based Organisation (FBO)
  • Media

Early Childhood Development 
How should parents/ caregivers identify a suitable ECD center for their children?

  • Parents/ caregiver should ensure that they enrol their children in a safe and secure ECD center where the child's best interest is paramount
  • Parents/ caregivers should verify if the ECD is registered with the Department of Social Development ( registration certificate with Gauteng logo is displayed)
  • Parents/ caregivers should enroll their children in an ECD that will provide the best possible stimulation programme and curriculum to ensure that the child is ready for a primary school at an appropriate age
  • Parents/ care givers should ensure that the curriculum offered by the ECD is a recognised by the Department of Education (National Curriculum Framework, montissori etc), teachers or practitioners has relevant qualifications, children are provided with suitable nutrition that matches the needs of their children
  • Parents/ caregivers should honour commitments by paying the agreed upon fees for their children
  • Parents/ care givers should be part of the ECD, assist where ever possible (fundraising activities etc.)
  • Parents/caregivers are the "child's first teacher" therefore, parents/caregivers' involvement in all areas of their children's life is critical for their children's development

Requirements for registration of Partial Care ECD Center

  • Application form ( obtainable from the Regional Department of Social Development (FORM11)
  • Business plan/ organizational profile
  • Qualifications/ skills and experience of the applicant
  • Description of the content of the programme to be offered
  • Constitution of the organization
  • Approved copy of the building plan
  • Emergency plan
  • Health permit/ certificate
  • Clearance certificate (Form 29)
  • Weekly menu
  • Contract with the owner of the building/ lease, if the building is not owned by the applicant

Requirements for registration of ECD programme

  • Application form (Regional Department of Social Development FORM 16)
  • Staff composition
  • Implementation plan of the programme
  • Clearance certificate (FORM 29)
  • Organizational profile
  • Menu (in case the organization provide food)
  • Professional Drivers Permit (Mobile ECD unit/Toy Library) 

What are the benefits for registration?

  • The benefits are in two fold that is to protect children as well as the management of the ECD center
  • The ECD center will be operating legally and in compliance to norms and standards
  • The ECD center may qualify for a subsidy
  • The ECD center can benefit from free capacity building programme and other programmes conducted by the officials employed by the Gauteng Department of Social Development
  • Practitioners employed in the registered ECD centers can be trained on NQF level 4 free of charge through Gauteng Department of Education​​

What are the implications if the ECD center is not registered?

  • The center will be contravening the Children's Act 38 of 2005 by operating illegally
  • Notice of enforcement can be issued to such ECD center
  • The Department of Social Development may approach High Court to enforce the operator to cease operation
  • The ECD center is compromising the care and safety of children

Contact Details

Provincial Head Office:

Tel: 011 355 7845/ 7846/ 7716

Regional Contact Details:

 Ekurhuleni Region

Tel: 011 820 0396/ 0371/ 0379/0374/011 748 7620
Johannesburg Region

Tel: 011 355 9210/ 9364/9363
West Rand Region

Tel: 011 950 7775/ 7768

Sedibeng Region

Tel: 016 930 2094/ 2051/2092/ 016 342 9114
Tshwane Region

Tel: 012 359 3376/3474

Social Grants - Child Support Grants

  • the primary care giver must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee;
  • both the applicant and the child must reside in South Africa;
  • applicant must be the primary care giver of the child/ children concerned;
  • the child/children must been born after 31 December 1993;
  • the applicant and spouse must meet the requirements of the means test; 
  • child can not apply for more than six non biological children;
  • child cannot be cared for in state institution;
  • for more information please visit SASSA: click the link bellow



What is Immunisation?

The Department of Health strongly advises mothers to protect their children from infectious diseases by getting them vaccinated from birth to when they are 12 years old. Vaccination is free of charge at all health facilities. The Department also runs immunisation campaigns and health workers are sent to nursery schools and creches to immunise the children.

Immunisations are safe. Although side effects following immunisations do occur, they are usually mild and clear up quickly. Contact your clinic for advice if you are concerned.

What diseases do children get vaccinated against?

  • Polio is caused by germs (polioviruses), which attack nerves, causing weakness or paralysis of the leg and/or arm and if severe, may involve respiratory or breathing muscles.​
  • Measles causes high fever and a rash and can lead to diarrhoea and dehydration, deafness, eye complications, pneumonia, brain damage and even death.
  • Haemophilus Influenza Type B (Hib) is a serious illness that affects mainly children under the age of five years, and death from Hib disease is common in children under the age of one. Some die of the child mage or paralysis.
  • Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver, which can cause liver damage, liver cancer and death.
  • Pertussis (whooping cough) starts with a headache, fever and cough. The strenuous coughing bouts make it hard for a child to eat, drink or even breathe.
  • Tetanus (lock jaw) occurs when a toxin produced by a tetanus germ from the soil enters a cut or wound. The germ can cause muscle spasms, breathing and heart problems, and death. The chances of dying from this condition are very high.
  • Diphtheria is a dangerous bacterial disease, which makes it difficult to breathe. Children who survive diphtheria disease suffer permanent damage such as blindness, deafness and brain damage.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Meningitis is a serious disease that can affect people of all ages. Those that get TB suffer from coughing for a long period of time, chest pain, sweating at night, weight loss and even death if left untreated. In young children, the TB germ may infect the brain and cause meningitis, or it could also enter the blood and spread to other parts of the body.
  • TB can kill young people. The best protection for young children for diseases caused by the TB germ is the BCG vaccine.
  • Usually babies who were not given the BCG vaccine at birth will be immunised when they are taken to the clinic for the next immunisation visit, at six weeks of age. Any baby under one year who did not get the BCG vaccine at birth must be taken to the nearest clinic, where the vaccine will be given. Babies infected with HIV, who are sick and showing sign of AIDS must NOT get the BCG vaccine.
  • The Department also vaccinates against Rotavirus (one of the viruses that cause diarrhea) and Pneumococcal disease (eg meningitis, otitis media, pneumonia, bacteraemia).