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Smasha Block learners receive school uniforms

By: Jimmy Malebati

Limpopo MEC for Social Development, Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana kick starts her department’s programme of assisting vulnerable learners with school uniforms at Chrome Mine Primary School, Thabazimbi Municipality in Waterberg on the 25 January 2019.

This annual project will benefit about 1000 children in Limpopo Province. The project is aimed at protecting the rights and dignity of learners. MEC Mokaba-Phukwana handed over 30 school uniforms as a symbolic and promised to visit other districts during the month of February.

Speaking during the event held at Chrome Mine Primary School, MEC Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana said government doesn’t want children to go to bed on empty stomach. She added that government is doing its level best to ensure that kids and mothers are well taken care off. Apart from the uniforms parents were given food parcels. “As we continue with our daily responsibilities, we came to the realization that due to inequality our kids don’t have school uniforms and other things to ensure that they too can live a better life. We have families that were identified to receive uniforms and our social workers will continue to visit each and every households together with ward councilors to look for other families whom really need assistance,” explained MEC Mokaba-Phukwana.

“We have realised that our people still need employment and this affects children’s wellbeing due to parents’ situation. As Government, we have the mandate to look after our people and restore their dignity,” said MEC. She said her Department of Social Development is entrusted with the responsibility of taking care of the old people, children and any other so that they too can live a better life.

One joyful parent spoke to Baobab News. Her child is Mamelo Mosheu who is doing grade five (5). “I am very excited for the help, because my kid did not have uniform and there was a difference with those that have (uniform). I thank government for this,” said Diboseng Mosheu.

In conclusion, she warned parents for misusing government social grant for their benefits instate of providing food and other social amenity needs. She called on Social Workers and SAPS to report those misusing the child grants to take away the money and put children under supervisory care. “This is done to prevent teenage pregnancy, drug abuse and sexual related diseases. It is our responsibility as parents to take good care of our children”, MEC Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana emphasized.