The Western Cape Department of Social Development donated 1067 sanitary pads to the University of the Western Cape’s SRC as part of the ongoing Social Makeover Project (SMP).The SMP is an initiative of the Office of the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, in partnership with Old Mutual and the Imbalie Group. The project targeted 20 women from Mitchell’s Plain who are not in employment, education or training (Neets), seeking to transform their lives and futures. These women have completed an intensive 10-week personal development and empowerment programme.In addition the young women also completed a highly acclaimed course in nail therapy run by Imbalie Training Academy. The SMP then places these women in permanent employment in areas best suited for each of them.The sanitary material were donated to the department for distribution purposes by the Dischem group, courtesy of its national Million Comforts initiative.The department places great emphasis on the protection, development and empowerment of women in the province. Through various programmes, just over R566m is allocated in the 2016/17 financial year by the department to provide restorative services and support programmes, including victim empowerment services.The SMP sessions concluded last week and all participants will soon be placed in the various job opportunities, including the department’s Extended Public Works programme.