Sanitary products donated

2016-09-14 06:00
AT the hand-over are, from the left, Mxolisi Sokatsha (MEC for Roads and Public Works), Mmoniemang Nyapisi (deputy school principal) and Ras Schoeman (an official at the department).

AT the hand-over are, from the left, Mxolisi Sokatsha (MEC for Roads and Public Works), Mmoniemang Nyapisi (deputy school principal) and Ras Schoeman (an official at the department).

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ALMOST 60 school days a year are missed by some girls in South Africa because they cannot afford sanitary pads and tampons.

This is according to research done by Statistics South Africa.

The research further indicates that 2,1 million young girls between the ages of 12 and 18 years are living below the poverty line and have to resort to alternative measures, because they cannot afford sanitary towels.

These findings led Mxolisi Sokatsha, MEC for Roads and Public Works, to donate sanitary towels to the learners of the Sol Plaatje Intermediate School in Galeshewe.

He believes this could help curb absenteeism, even if the girls are having their monthly periods.

Upon receiving the sanitary towels, Mmoniemang Nyapisi, the deputy school principal of the school, thanked Sokatsha for the donation.

Sokatsha for his part urged all South Africans to support the development of the girl child.

“Poverty is rife in our province and in some of the households parents have to choose between buying hygiene products and food in order to make a living and survive,” he said.

“Every South African girl deserves access to safe and hygienic sanitary products. Like many others we do not want poverty to steal the dignity of the young girl child. This donation will hopefully ensure that the girls attend school regularly.”

He added that the initiative goes beyond the occasional Nelson Mandela Day, Women’s Month and government’s Take a Girl child to Work programmes.

It has to be adopted as a vigorous 365-day approach to protect and support the development of the girl child.

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