An orphanage in Queensburgh will be able to keep its doors open after the municipality wrote off its rates bill.
The Ethekwini Municipality pardoned the Malvern Children's Home of its R284 000 rates bill. According to IOL, the orphanage faced foreclosure if they had not settled the massive bill.
The R284 000 added to the orphanage's R1 million bill - on top of that they owe catering company, Feedem, R1.1 million.
The children's home struggles to keep its doors open - having to pay off the mountain of debt while having to cover basic monthly costs like groceries and petrol.
The Daily News reported over the weekend that the orphanage's director, Andile Ncamana, said a weight had been lifted off his shoulders following the meeting with the municipality on Friday.
Briefly.co.za learned Ncamana added there was a photo of the orphanage at the municipality's reception.
“I found out that the rates, which were R284 000, which contributed to the account sitting at R1 million, have been written off, thank God," he said.
Ncamana revealed the municipality initially said they had to pay 50% of the debt but reduced it to 5% - which he paid on Saturday.
They now have 36 months to pay the remaining amount and held a vegetable market and bake sale to raise funds for the home - making R5 770.
If anyone would like to help pay off the orphanage's debt, here are their details:
The reference is: Malvern Children’s Home
eThekwini Municipality account number: 71573300136
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