One Million School Shoes for the Youth of the Nkangala District

One million school shoes for the youth of Nkangala

On the 13 January 2017, during the Mayoral Academic Awards held at the Banquet Hall of Nkangala District Municipality, it was announced that a new project will be launched.

A project that will benefit the lives of all disadvantaged school going children of the Nkangala District.

Councillor Linah Malatjie, Executive Mayor of the Nkangala District made the announcement that “no learner shall be barred from going to school because he or she does not have shoes or a uniform”.

The One Million School shoes project, over the next 5 years was launched and undoubtedly this warmed the heart everyone sitting at the Awards ceremony.

As human beings, we all yearn for a purpose and a reason to exist. Corporate giving provides employees with an opportunity to champion a cause for positive change and give back to their communities.

Such an initiative received great praise from The Department of Education as well as Eskom Kusile Power Station. It ignited a fire within these co operations to involve themselves in this project by giving back more.

Not only has approximately 1200 school shoes been donated to learners from 6 Municipalities in the Nkangala District Area but uniform and dignitary packs have been donated as well.

The additional uniform packages that have been sponsored by Eskom Kusile Power includes the following items:

  • 5 new school shirts for each day of the week
  • 3 new school trousers
  • 1 new school tunic
  • 1 new jersey and pull over jersey
  • 3 new school skirts for girls
  • 2 new pairs of school socks

The dignitary packs for female students include the following:

  • Sanitary pads
  • A hair comb
  • A face cloth
  • Body lotion
  • Body cleansing soap
  • A Tube toothpaste

This campaign kick started on the 14 January 2017 and has achieved great success. Not only will these packages provide learners will their basic needs but also provide dignity and build confidence within those learners.

According to the thriving small business website, many successful organizations understand the importance of giving back to the communities in which they operate.

People will consume products and services from businesses that they see supporting their community. These efforts send subtle, yet positive messages about the businesses’ interest in giving back by supporting a local event or charity.

“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.’ Hungry not only for bread — but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing — but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks — but homeless because of rejection.” ~ Mother Teresa

– Article by Larissa Morar
23 February 2017

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Nkangala District Municipality is made up of the following local municipalities: Delmas, Dr J.S. Moroka, Emalahleni, Emakhazeni, Steve Tshwete, and Thembisile. It is also responsible for the Mdala District Management Area. Nkangala was awarded the prestigious VUNA Award, as the best District Municipality in South Africa, during 2004, for municipal service excellence.