Cover others, donate your Matric dresses

2018-03-01 06:01


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Matric Dance in the townships is celebrated just as extravagantly as in wealthier areas but often this leads to massive headaches

This includes expensive dresses, hair and make-up styling as well as limo hire. This puts huge pressure on the children whose families cannot afford.

This scenario has led to three ladies, Cebokazi Merile, Noluthando Mapholoba and Nolupho Makwetu starting a project to collect second-hand matric dresses and suits to allevaite this problem.

“We have called our project, Sambese, a n isiXhosa word meaning clothe me and the idea is to collect used matric dance clothes so that we can give them to the less priviledged,” said Cebokazi.

Nolupho Makwetu, now a medical doctor at Groote Schuur Hospital, last year donated two dresses to two matric learners.

“I remembered the time I was in matric many learners were really stressing when it came to the farewell period. When Cebokazi mentioned this project I felt duty bound,” Nolupho. She said this caused many high school girls a lot of anxiety and frustration.

“Many girls don’t have the means to dress up on their matric dance nights and miss out on the opportunity to commemorate their high school years,” she said.

Noluthando Mapholoba said while having a glamorous dress for a night may not seem like a big deal, it carries much more meaning than that.

“Dressing up with friends is a confidence-boosting, stress-relieving, fun activity that most of us take for granted,” she said.

The three ladies roped-in City Vision editor Voox Sonandzi and he was thrilled to be part of this exciting project.

“At City Vision we are always looking at supporting projects that have profound impact on the lives of our readers and Sambese is such. I would like to appeal to all readers who have old but decent matric dresses and suit to support this initiative,” he said.

Sonandzi revealed that Sambese has already received two nice dresses from Radio Zibonele board member Miss Gloria Mabaso.

“We thank Gloria very much because she has promised to spread the word so that we can help more learners,” he said.

Dresses and suits can be dropped off at participating at the following places: Langa at Guga S’thebe, Gugulethu at Mzolis, Khayelitsha at Specs Savers, Isivivane Restuarnat and at the Look Out Hill Restuarant.

You can link up with the project via a Facebook page: Sambese or via email


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