MEC hands out school uniforms to needy KZN pupils

2016-01-14 12:04
KZN MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube  visiting the Bambisandla Primary School in KwaMashu where she handed out parcels to needy learners. (Supplied)

KZN MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube visiting the Bambisandla Primary School in KwaMashu where she handed out parcels to needy learners. (Supplied)

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Durban – While some children wore their brand new school uniforms on their first day of school on Wednesday, Sanele Msweli, 12, from KwaMashu, put on his old grey socks, long grey pants, and a white vest.

Instead of a white shirt, he put on his favourite red jacket, zipped it up and went to school. When the Grade 6 Bambisandla Primary School pupil arrived for class, his teacher asked him why he was not wearing the correct uniform.

"My mother did not have money to buy me a white shirt so I wore what I had," he said.

Msweli said his teachers understood he came from a poor family, and did not reprimand him.

On Thursday, KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube handed out school uniforms, school shoes, toilet paper and other hygiene items to Msweli and 100 other pupils at the school.

Emihle Zungu, 12, said she could not wait to get home and show her aunt her new school uniform.

"On Wednesday, I came to school wearing tracksuit pants with a yellow T-shirt and slops. I told the teacher that we didn’t have money to buy a new school uniform and she said it was okay."

Zungu said sometimes her family went to bed without something to eat.

"I got a new uniform and shoes, toothpaste, a towel, body lotion and other things that I did not have. I cannot wait to show my aunt and my cousin all the stuff," said Zungu.

Poor families, parents don’t work

School principal Sibongile Ndlela said Bambisandla was a quintile 3 no-fee school, with 584 pupils. Most of them came from very poor families and their parents did not work.

Ndlela said the children come to school hungry and often depended on the school nutrition programme for their daily meals.

"Today the MEC gave them a parcel with things they needed. We are really grateful because sometimes teachers use their own salaries to assist the children, but it is never enough for everyone."

Dube-Ncube encouraged people to help children in need.

"We also understand that children are fragile and can easily be hurt by not having the proper uniform, or an incomplete one. We therefore urge our communities to ensure that we work together to ensure that children taken care of," she said.

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