6 January 2015 - The National Commission for Children (NCC) has extended by two years, the deadline for the closure of orphanages in the country.

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PORT LOKO, 13 December 2014 — Sweetie Sweetie had no choice.
Her father had just died of Ebola. So had her sister. Her mother was vomiting blood and fading fast.

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20 November 2014- Of the hundreds of children in Sierra Leone who have lost parents to Ebola, the vast majority have lost both their mother and their father.

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The government has announced a new policy framework defining a specific mechanism in which orphanage homes will be phased out in the next two years.

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A policy governing the management of orphanages in the country will be among the first business to be discussed when Parliament resumes today, officials have said.

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Over three million children are currently orphaned in South Africa, according to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).

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The Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has launched a data base for orphans and vulnerable children in the country.

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The vast majority of Swaziland’s primary and secondary public schools have not opened for the new term, after the government failed to settle the outstanding education fees of US$10.8 million for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

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The head of child rights in the Ministry of Labor and Human Welfare, Mr. Yemane Negash, called on the society to enhance participation in efforts to properly nurture orphan children under home-group care.

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Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is expected to announce a plan to address the plight of child headed households during the 18th Biennial Conference of the National Association for Child Care Workers (NACCW).

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