East crèche obstructed by city rocks

The crèche premises can only accommodate two cars for drop offs. Photo: supplied.

Management of a crèche in Park Street, Sunnyside are concerned about parking stones obstructing the space where parents are supposed to drop off their children.

The mini driveway that parents used to access the parking space is now blocked with massive rocks.

Manager Claudie de Bruyn of Moo Moo Land Crèche said when she applied for a license to use the property as a crèche in 2011 they were given permission to use the parking space.

They have the permission letter in their possession.

Now some parents are forced to stop in the driveway to drop off their children, as the premises can only accommodate two cars.

“This is a very busy street and dropping off children in the driveway is not safe, they are just toddlers,” said De Bruyn.

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The crèche has about 10 employees and the owners are afraid that they might lose customers which means employees might end up losing their jobs.

“We feel the parking stones are jeopardizing our business because the parents complain about the safety of their children. This might lead to them taking their kids elsewhere,” said Stephen Snyman, partner and manager of the crèche.

Snyman said he heard that there were plans for a bicycle lane but he has never seen one bicycle in the area since the opening of the crèche.

One of the parents, Marvin Ngobeni said he was very unhappy with what the city has done.

“The crèche was given permission to use that space. It is inconveniencing us as parents because we now have to park metres away from the crèche,” he said.

“It is only a matter of time before there is a fatality. What they (city) could do is put speed humps and a pedestrian crossing – not those stones.”

Ngobeni said the stones were posing a danger to everyone concerned.

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He felt the city was revoking the owners’ license because they did not even give notice of their plans.

Another parent Jabulani Mkhombo said: “We live with the fear that something might happen to our cars while walking the children to class.”

Mkhombo said to stop in the middle of the road was also dangerous.

“Whoever came up with that idea did not think properly. The stones must be removed, it is just drop offs, we don’t park there forever,” he said.

Tshwane metro police spokesperson Isaac Mahamba said they were aware of the complaint from the crèche.

He said the space in question belonged to the metro and they were in a process of beautifying the city.

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“We have plans for that space, the owner of the crèche should make space for his clients,” said Mahamba.

He mentioned that their plans had to do with the Areyeng bus.

He further said they were looking at the matter and would only be able to comment at a later stage.

City workers busy erecting the parking stones. Photo: supplied.


Stephen Snyman pointing to the parking stones that the city has erected.


The parking stones that Moo Moo Land Crèche owners and parents are complaining about. Photo: supplied.


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