National Children`s Day

7 November 2006

Speaker, the ANC notes that this past Saturday, 4 November, was National Children`s Day. We applaud and support the initiatives taken by the ANC government to mark and honour this day for the children of South Africa. Poverty, substance abuse, neglect and HIV and Aids are some of the factors that lead to larger numbers of children being in distress. HIV and Aids also result in many children being orphaned and in child-headed families.

The ANC-led government has put in place measures to address the challenges that face our children. The government has developed and continues to formulate transformative legislation and policies that obligate all government departments, in all three spheres of governance, to integrate constitutional rights into all aspects of child welfare, health, education and their general care and livelihood. I thank you.

ANC Member of Parliament

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