We are very pleased to see the appointment of a dedicated Commissioner concerned with the well-being of children in the Western Cape. We wish Ms Christina Nomdo all the best and look forward to hosting her and Premier Alan Winde for a site visit.

In his address on 18 May, Premier Winde said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce that the appointment process for the Children’s Commissioner has been finalised, with Ms Christina Nomdo formally accepting the post.  She will now take up office on 1 June.  The Children’s Commissioner is an incredibly important role, as the person is tasked with monitoring, researching, investigating, lobbying and reporting on children and their best interests. By accepting this post, Ms Nomdo not only makes history by becoming the first Children’s Commissioner in the country, but also becomes an advocate for children and a guardian of their rights.”

“Children in South Africa face many issues today- including poverty, crime, abuse and neglect. At the moment, children are also dealing with the uncertainty and fear around the coronavirus, with learning interrupted by school closures. The Children’s Commissioner in the Western Cape will help to give children a voice, and to explore how they experience these issues, and their impact on children.”