Emmangweni and Nyiko primary schools’ learners’ lives made easier

Emmangweni Primary School staff and learners with representatives of Bontle Burial Society, Virgin Active and Slotjhile Pub & Shisanyama during the handover of sanitary pads and cosmetics.

Learners from Emmangweni and Nyiko primary schools received donations of sanitary towels and cosmetics on January 26, thanks to a partnership between the Bontle Burial Society, Slotjhile Pub & Shisanyama in Esselen Park, and Virgin Active of Glen Marais.

Masiqhakaze Secondary School learners who also benefited from the donation were ecstatic when the three local organisations assisted in changing their lives for the better.

Collen Ngwenya, a representative of Bontle Burial Society, said the donation was part of their social responsibility programme.

The face and resident DJ of Slotjhile Pub & Shisanyama, Thuli Nkosi, with Victor Malashi of Bontle Burial Society, Emmangweni Primary School support team coordinator Dikaku Jiyane, Collen Ngwenya from Bontle Burial Society and Thabo Malemela from Virgin Active of Glen Marais.

“Our primary objective is to ensure that a girl child attends class every day, even if she cannot afford sanitary pads. We also identified boys who can’t afford deodorants, so that they too can feel confident around other children. This is not our first donation as a society,” Ngwenya added. “We started by donating for homes years later. So, we now look forward to inspiring learners who are struggling to buy cosmetics and sanitary towels.”

Ngwenya explained that they grew up in the township and they understand the challenges that learners face.

“Since we took a decision not to fold our arms as a society, we are always working hard to find sponsorships and do something positive, even if is small, to bring change in the community.”

Ngwenya challenged business people and organisations in the area to support initiatives that improve the lives of learners.

Masiqhakaze Secondary School learners and staff, joined by the face and resident DJ of Slotjhile Pub & Shisanyama, Thuli Nkosi, during the handover of sanitary pads and cosmetics.

“We believe education plays an integral part, and through community support our children can become better people.”

Meanwhile, the face and resident DJ of Slotjhile Pub & Shisanyama, Thuli Nkosi, said they would like to get more involved in programmes that uplift the community.

“As a pub, we are not only there to make business but to also give back to the people who support our business. We will work closely with the burial society and see where we can always contribute,” added Nkosi.

Speaking of behalf of Emmangweni Primary School learners, Grade Seven learner Simphiwe Moloi (13) thanked the organisations for their donation.

“The donation means a lot to us because we are always in need of sanitary towels and cosmetics,” said Moloi.

Nyiko Primary School learners with the sanitary pads and cosmetics that were donated on January 26.

Malebo Tseke

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