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First Lady restores learners’ dignity

By Clarence Mashiane

In a bid to restore dignity to girls, the Limpopo First Lady Maggie Mathabatha has handed over sanitary towels to girls of Moshia Secondary School, in Alma farm, Vaalwater, Modimolle.


The sanitary towels were handed over and Limpopo Office of the Premier employees are the ones who voluntarily made contributions towards purchasing of these sanitary towels.

This noble gesture is aimed at creating awareness on puberty and adolescence and in the process demystifies all menstrual related myths.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony on Tuesday, the First Lady, Maggie Mathabatha, emphasised the importance for the Limpopo Office of the Premier employees to carry on with the vision of giving to those who are less fortunate.

“We are therefore appreciative of the support we get from the Limpopo Provincial Government. It is therefore befitting that I should extent our deepest appreciations to the Office of the Premier. Mme Andriaanse is part of the hard-working women in the Premier's Office who are always available to assist us so that we can assist you. She and her team have contributed a lot in making this day possible.”

First Lady highlighted that our constitution provides that everyone has an inherent dignity and the right to have dignity respected and protected. However the reality is that in most cases, particularly for our girl children, this right to dignity is violated by conditions of poverty.

As a matter of fact that in some cases; young girls have no choice but to resort to such desperate measures such as the use of newspapers as an alternative to decent sanitary wear.

These desperate measures bring with themselves preventable infections that could easily be avoided with a use of decent sanitary wear.