Schoolgirls to get sanitary towels

2011-05-10 17:42

Johannesburg - North West schoolgirls will receive sanitary towels to the value of R5.5m, the provincial health department said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane said: "The province has resolved to meet the needs of learners who, for socio-economic reasons, are unable to take appropriate care during their menstrual period."

He said that North West Premier Thandi Modise and health MEC Dr Magome Masike would begin the distribution at the Lekgopung primary school, outside Zeerust, on Friday.

A total of 93 000 girls will receive free sanitary towels in the 12-month initiative.

Lekgethwane said: "During menstrual period[s] most of them absent themselves from school and some... make use of unhygienic material that predisposes them to infection."

He said the use of such these materials could affect their fertility in adulthood.

  • Zebedi - 2011-05-10 18:02

    Well going by that, we should be distributing toilet paper to the shack dwellers as well, so that they don't "make use of unhygienic material that predisposes them to infection." While we are at it, why not give them actual toilets to use, preferably enclosed?

      The Colonel - 2011-05-10 18:22

      Are you crazy? Not all our ministers have received their 3rd luxury car yet. You know, for weekend trips. First things first.

      Allieo - 2011-05-10 20:59

      @ The Colonel.... Super snaaks !!!!!! :):)

  • johncarlos.biza - 2011-05-10 18:16

    Excellent initiative. Hope it extends to other provinces. There are just some things people shouldn't go without in a country that can afford otherwise

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-05-10 18:23

    The government has once again not done their research properly. It's costing millions and only a few out of the thousands are being helped. They have obviously never heard of micup. ( No I don't work for them. I just struggle to understand why when the government helps a few it costs millions when in reality they could help millions for less money. Once again a million will go into someone's fat pocket I'm sure.

      LBS - 2011-05-11 21:14

      Perhaps I am a little too old but this is news to me too (but surely I can be excused, not the Government!). This sounds like a brilliant idea. I looked at the website, very good indeed!

  • BettyBlue - 2011-05-10 18:25

    Yes ... and we can't afford to mess with their fertility! They must be able to have lots and lots and lots of babies!

      ProudofPink - 2011-05-10 18:47

      Messing with their fertility would be a really good thing. They still don't understand that if you can't feed 'em don't breed 'em.

      FourDogVan - 2011-05-10 21:22

      which then translates to more voters which would give them more votes!!!!

  • edvermaak - 2011-05-10 18:39

    Pity they can't get an education also.

      Zamaswazi - 2011-05-10 21:02

      I did. Unless you are talking about a PhD.

      edvermaak - 2011-05-10 22:04

      Nope - I meant that it would be nice that the students were also given / afforded /presented with a decent basic education - together with their pads, so that they could afford them in future. I guess you will pay for your own...?

      Zamaswazi - 2011-05-10 22:45

      I did. Right through to Masters level.

      Zamaswazi - 2011-05-10 23:17

      Someone else has taken over the task now. But he'll be getting some relief soon as we are planning on starting a family, so no pad will be required for 9 months! And no, we won't be collecting a social grant. He's anaestheosiologist by profession & we thus do not qualify.

      edvermaak - 2011-05-10 23:31

      Thumbs Up! All the best honey!

      edvermaak - 2011-05-10 23:49

      Can I be the Godfather? Please?

      Blue - 2011-05-11 07:23

      @zamaswazi....any relation to our swazi king perhaps???

      Zamaswazi - 2011-05-11 07:33

      @edvermaak - Thanks for the offer, but I think I'll pass. There are some values we plan on teaching our young one (e.g never to generalize / stereotype) & I don't think you can handle it. @Blue - No direct relation that I know of :-). I'm a township girl from Umlazi (Durban). But I have Swazi blood in me (my father's side)

  • edvermaak - 2011-05-10 18:42

    I presume they actually have to attend school in order to qualify? Just thinking...

  • edvermaak - 2011-05-10 18:44

    I call this a voting scam. One pad one vote.

      Blue - 2011-05-11 07:24

      you are hilarious!!!

      LBS - 2011-05-11 21:12

      What will they think of NEXT to gain more votes???

  • Francis - 2011-05-10 18:46

    Maybe that would have helped Julius pass woodwork at school

      wbs777 - 2011-05-10 19:04

      I think that poor idiot is beyond any help

  • Spoofed - 2011-05-10 19:25

    Why not give every woman sanitary towels etc? Why should we have to pay for that? And loo paper too.

  • wbs777 - 2011-05-10 20:10

    @Zamaswazi: To see how the blacks run the country into the ground once and for all. Then we'll step in and together with the blacks that haven't starved to death yet and who actually want to make this country work, pick up the pieces and rebuild the country, without help from the malemas and some of the other idiots that write their hate filled rubbish on here

      Zamaswazi - 2011-05-10 21:10

      So you want the honour to write hate filled rubbish all to yourself, then? What makes you think I will be starving to death anytime soon? And what makes you think you are capable of rebuilding anything? You are a bigot with an inflated sense of self. A loudmouth with no positive contribution to make in this country. With such a warped sense of who you are (an inventor of civilization), why haven't you figured out that this ain't the best place for you to be. Shouldn't you be enjoying your super-evolved self on the Island of Atlantis? Send us a postcard (not an e-card, please. That would just be showing off).

      Styvies - 2011-05-10 22:16

      Why wait for that to happen? Do you have a need to gloat? To say "told you so!"? Some twisted superiority complex? Im really battling to understand the reasoning behind your comment...

  • gizzy - 2011-05-10 20:13

    Geez, what a bunch of condecending buffoons!!!!!! R5.5 million rand. I wonder which cadre is involved in sanitary pads? These buffoons do nothing without a backhand! Are there any cadres that have a business masking tape? They could hand that out to cadres to put over their mouths!!!! It would be good for our health!

  • GH - 2011-05-10 21:32

    Primary school = max grade seven = max 12 years old?

  • Banned - 2011-05-10 23:54

    Ok, cool idea. But unless my math is really bad, they spending R59 per child per year. I often buy pads for my partner when she doesn't want to leave the house or is still at work and I'm sure I paid about R30 a pack of kotex. So if you need 240 pads a year, either they are 40c a pad or this story is a load of kak. Someone correct me please

      Blue - 2011-05-11 07:30 idiot, of the R59 - only R12 is paid for the old Dr.Whites..and R40 for 'other' expenses!!

      Blue - 2011-05-11 07:31

      geeez even I can't add...R47!!

  • evert louw - 2011-05-11 07:22

    we are paying them baby grants,now this>Can these people do nothing for themselves!

      chicklil - 2011-05-11 08:13

      If by 'these people' you mean poor people I guess the answer is if you can't even afford lunch to school how do you avoid sanitary towels. There is such a thing as poor. You and I might not have experienced that level of poor yet but it exists. And it can happen to anyone. I had a friend who lost her job come see me last night because 2 years later she is now living in her car and needs a place. How does someone like that afford sanitary towels. You can't expect the kids to sort this out for themselves. First they need to be educated before they can become contributing members of society.

      WallFly - 2011-05-11 13:35

      There are other countries where elderly people are ALL given motorized mobility aids (Shopriders) when they reach a certain age - those things are expensive, but their governments consider them to be crucial for the elderly. I see ABSOLUTELY no problem with the government supplying sanitation to girls who can't afford it - it's all part of health care. I do, however, agree with an earlier poster's suggestion of supplying miacups instead as they last for years, and girls in other poverty-stricken areas can also be helped.

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