The painting of wooden structures at Early Childhood Development centres with intumescent (fire retardant) paint is critical to help keep our children safe. Nedbank’s Proud of my Town programme is making it possible for wooden structures at crèches in Paarl and Stellenbosch to be protectively painted to not only ensure that structures are safety compliant, but that the rate at which flames spread, is delayed. Even a few more minutes could prove invaluable, should children and staff need to evacuate a building in the event of fire.

This past weekend, volunteers from Kinder Joy Crèche in Groenheuwel, Paarl, together with volunteers from Nedbank and Ranyaka Community Transformation, applied the colourful top coat to the structure. The intumescent paint was applied by intumescent paint specialists Khusela Ikhaya Project and Impact Fire Protection on Friday. 

We have partnered with the Khusela Ikhaya Project to incorporate this important aspect into our ECD intervention programme.

The morning’s programme also included the hand-over of fire extinguishers, first-aid kits and safety signage to five ECD centres in Groenheuwel.

Thank you to all involved! If you would like to volunteer for future crèche painting projects in Paarl or Stellenbosch, please contact us at

The donation was made possible thanks to Nedbank’s Proud of my Town fund. Training, crèche safety and nutrition are three of the focus areas of the fund in Stellenbosch and Paarl. The fund focuses on specific programmes that have been identified as critical issues in towns and neighbourhoods that form part of the bank’s broader Proud of my Town (PoMT) programme.