A group of 32 learners of the Karabelo Primary School in Bloemfontein have benefited from a back-to-school initiative by receiving brand-new uniforms. This gesture of goodwill relieved them from the stress of having to start a new school year without the proper attire.The uniforms, courtesy of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), were presented to the school on 18 January. Each learner received shoes, socks and shirts, as well as a tracksuit in time to fend off the winter cold. to enable them to fend off the freezing conditions during the winter season. The beaming faces of learners, parents and the school management bore testimony to the donation’s great impact. Matseleng Mokgobo, Sassa’s regional community social relief programme coordinator, said the aim of the donation was to help alleviate stress and poverty. The donation formed part of the agency’s community social responsibility programme to help distressed community members. “The donation of uniforms is undertaken as an intervention at different schools to help learners from underprivileged households,” Mokgobo said.“It is important for learners to feel part of the school. Wearing uniforms also motivates them to continue attending school to work at their education in the hope they would become better persons tomorrow.” The learners had been identified with the assistance of school management.Thabo Tseole, principal of the Karabelo Primary School, expressed appreciation for Sassa’s good gesture.He said the beneficiaries’ parents could not afford to buy uniforms, because most are unemployed. Others survive entirely on social grants. “It is a harsh reality, but parents and children are faced with abject poverty and depend largely on donations,” said Tseole.