Sassa gives to Vukani

2016-09-01 06:00
Teachers, parents, members of SGB, Mzoxolo Gomba of SASSA (right) and learners during the hand-over of the donation of school uniform at Vukani Primary School, in Lower Crossroads, on Thursday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Teachers, parents, members of SGB, Mzoxolo Gomba of SASSA (right) and learners during the hand-over of the donation of school uniform at Vukani Primary School, in Lower Crossroads, on Thursday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Vukani Primary learners in Lower Crossroads recently experienced an unforgetable moment after about 20 of their lot received school uniform from the South African Social Security Agency(SASSA).

The handover took place last Thursday, and the Deputy Principal, Nokuzola Mfaxa, said she and the pupils could not be more happier.

She and her staff had identified about 20 learners who fitted the profile required by Sassa to benefit from the province.

“However, for some reason, only seven parents heeded the call to apply for uniform grant.

“It seems the other parents did not bother to turn-up. We know that their children are in need of the school uniform,” Mfaxa said.

But Sindiswa Xobiso,48, a parent of one of the children, was full of praises for the donations.

“I am very happy. I never thought I would get such a great help. It is hard for me to buy school uniform for my child, because I am a single parent and I am unemployed. I have five children that I have to raise and those who are not in school are also unemployed,” Xobiso said.

Lubuntu Lubabalo. 31, a parent of a Grade 1 learner, said it was great relief for her.

“I feel very happy. It came as a surprise to me. She had to wear a worn-out skirt which she had been wearing since last year.”

Lubabalo said she was also unemployed.

Nosiphiwo Tutu, also a parent, said she was over the moon after her child received the donation.

“I cannot really explain how happy I am. I would like to thank the staff her in the school and also SASSA for what they did for us. I say may God be with them. I am also a single parent and I am unemployed,” Tutu said.

Lindiwe Mdontshi, the chairperson of the School Governing Body, said this donation will go a long way in helping the children.

“I am speechless. The work between SGB, teachers and SASSA is great. We expected more parents to grab this opportunity, but they did not,” Mdontshi said.

The representative from SASSA who handed over the donation could not speak to City Vision as he said he was not authorised to do so.

It is understood that SASSA has donated more school uniforms to various schools in Nyanga, Gugulethu and other townships this year alone.

Schools and deserving parents first have to apply for the donation.

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