Delight as children get shoes

2017-02-16 06:01
Councillors from the City of Cape Town handed over donation of school uniform at Mmangaliso Primary School, in Khayelitsha, on Wednesday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Councillors from the City of Cape Town handed over donation of school uniform at Mmangaliso Primary School, in Khayelitsha, on Wednesday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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It was a wonderful day when needy learners from four schools received a donation of school uniforms, at Ummangaliso Primary School, in Khayelitsha, on Wednesday.

The donation to learners from Sakumlandela, Ntwasahlobo, Sobambisana and Ummangaliso Primary Schools came after councillors from the City of Cape Town based in the area made an appeal to businesses and non governmental organisations (NGOs) to buy the uniform.

Councillor Sabelo Mbolompo, who is the Democratic Alliance (DA) chairperson in the area, said this was their part in making a difference in the lives of children from disadvantaged background.

“I know that other children are suffering, because of various reasons. Some go to school wearing worn out shoes and some do not have school uniform. So we embarked on this campaign where we asked businesses and NGOs to donate the school uniform. We understand that some learners end-up quitting school, because they do not have proper school uniform and we want to close that gap,” Mbolompo said.

Mbolompo also said the campaign saw them handing over sanitary towels to learners at Kuyasa Primary School and school uniform to eight learners at Injongo Primary School, last month.

He said this is an ongoing campaign and more schools in the area are set to benefit from it.

Zameka Sonamzi, 28, Liyema Sonamzi’s mother, said the donation came at the right time when her child needed it the most.

“I am very happy, because he did not have the school uniform. I am unemployed so I cannot afford to buy the school uniform. I sorely depended on my grandmother’s pension. I would like to thank those who donated,” Sonamzi said.

Mlungisi Siko, the principal at Ummangaliso Primary School, said not having a school uniform badly affects learners.

“I want to thank the councillors for the donation. Parents are not the same. There are those who can afford and those who cannot afford to buy school uniform. Social grant is not enough to cover everything. We have a policy here that learners should were school uniform from the first day of the school calendar, but we give parents three months to buy uniform, because we understand their situations. School uniform is important, because it gives learners self identity and makes them proud of being learners in the school,” he said.

Siko also said he hopes that the campaign will continue in future.

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