Promosa high school girls get sanitary towels

The JB Marks executive mayor, Kgotso Khumalo, Hloni Padi, Katlego Mqwati, Mbalenhle Zakwe and Brian ‘Bruno’ Majola. Photos: Selogile Leshage
There was euphoria in the school hall on the day that the Gr. 8 and 9 girls from Promosa Secondary welcomed good Samaritans who came bearing gifts of sanitary towels.
In the past, the lack of sanitary towels for schoolgirls has led to widespread absenteeism in schools.
On that day, the JB Marks executive mayor, Kgotso Khumalo was accompanied by GKLM Events, Kwame Communications, MEG Security, Katlego bottle store and Rhythm City TV stars to donate a four-month supply of sanitary towels to the needy learners.
The educator and peer mentor, Rabecca Baas says the school is very appreciative of this initiative. Most of this school’s learners come from poor backgrounds and cannot afford to buy sanitary towels so they end up staying away from school. It is always a struggle and, in the past, the teachers have asked for donations from other stakeholders. ‘Sometimes, we take money from our own pockets to assist,’ she says.
She has challenged the JB Marks Municipality to implement a sustainable project across all schools. ‘It would help a lot if the local government could make a donation every quarter,’ she said. In addition to that, there are even learners who cannot afford to buy school uniform.’
The mayor, who chose to celebrate his birthday with the girls, pledged that the municipality would come on board and join the individual companies that have already started. ‘This is a serious issue,’ he added.
One of the learners, 13-year-old Katlego Mqwati said she was happy, excited and nervous at the same time.
‘This is the first time I have met TV stars and, even better, received sanitary towels from them. It shows that we are important to them and they love us.’ she said. ‘As a girl child, I am important and beautiful. We must not lose hope and always trust in the Lord because He always comes through for his children. This is what happened today,’ said the Gr. 8 learner confidently.
Hloni Padi, who plays Palesa in Rhythm City reminded the girls once again that they are beautiful and special and should strive to be the first in their families to achieve degrees.
However, she said, serious challenges continue to affect girl children. ‘There are people who take advantage of you – some of you may even have been raped in the past. You find that the police and the justice system sometimes let you down. But, now, there is a place called Thuthuzela Care Centre that can assist you. You should never be afraid and hide yourselves, but continue to love yourself,’ she said. Padi’s character in the soapy addresses these serious challenges facing young girls.
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Selogile Leshage
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