Schoolgirls to get sanitary towels
Johannesburg - North West schoolgirls will receive sanitary towels to the value of R5.5m, the provincial health department said on Tuesday.
Spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane said: "The province has resolved to meet the needs of learners who, for socio-economic reasons, are unable to take appropriate care during their menstrual period."
He said that North West Premier Thandi Modise and health MEC Dr Magome Masike would begin the distribution at the Lekgopung primary school, outside Zeerust, on Friday.
A total of 93 000 girls will receive free sanitary towels in the 12-month initiative.
Lekgethwane said: "During menstrual period[s] most of them absent themselves from school and some... make use of unhygienic material that predisposes them to infection."
He said the use of such these materials could affect their fertility in adulthood.