Bags benefit daycares

2016-09-01 06:00
 Daycare owners from Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain to take part in the Siyasizana Project where they will be able to exchange bread bags for goods.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Daycare owners from Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain to take part in the Siyasizana Project where they will be able to exchange bread bags for goods. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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More than 600 day-care centres from Khayelitsha to Mitchell’s Plain are in it to win it, having collected plastic bread bags to exchange them for essential goods.

This follows the roll out of the Siyasizana Daycare Project by Sasko Bread on Wednesday at the OR Thambo Hall in Khayelitsha.

In this initiative, day-care owners are incentivised to collect Sasko bread bags and exchange them for prizes which include much needed home appliances such as stoves, refrigerators and microwaves.

According to Lungelwa Mnyamana, Brand Manager of Sasko Bread, the project aims to give back to the community as well as raising awareness regarding waste reduction and recycling.

“Siyasizana means we are helping each other out.

We chose this name as it resonates with our partnership with many homes in South Africa. Every day, we deliver bread into these communities so it makes sense for us to build on this relationship and be part of the solution to some of their daily needs.

The bags they gathered will be redeemed for basic appliances for the daycare centres like backpacks, basins, carpets, fridges, stoves and other necessities, depending on the amount of bags collected,” she said.

The programme was successfully initiated in the Johannesburg townships of Thembisa where 364 daycares took part and collected 315 582 bread bags and the participants took more than 1000 in prices, she said.

Daycare owner Noluthando Mase welcomed the initiative, noting that it will help not only with providing much needed appliances but with recycling as well.

“Its a great programme as many of our centres struggle to buy these appliances but we buy bread every day. I’m very excited to see how it will go,” she said.

Mnyamana said that they had plans to make sure that the project spreads out to the rest of the country.

“As a proudly South African company we want to give back whenever we can.

We have plans to to grow this campaign across South Africa and we are currently identifying our next area,” she concluded.

The prize give away is set to take place early next year.

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