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NMB and Chinese community donate sanitary towels to New Brighton learners

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 9, 2018
NMB and Chinese community donate sanitary towels to New Brighton learners

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, in partnership with the local Chinese community and the Chinese police corporation centre, donated 800 sanitary towels to 100 learners at Thembelihle Comprehensive School in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, on Friday.

Council Speaker, Buyelwa Mafaya, told journalists that she hopes that the packets will last for two months.

She added that all over South Africa, only sanitary towels are donated, but she and her team hope to do more than that by giving away underwear, sanitary towels and toiletries.

Mafaya said that since South Africa has sound relations with the Chinese, they requested that "with everything we do as social responsibility, they [the Chinese] would like to partner with us."

She added that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will be looking into adopting Ithembelihle Comprehensive School and two other schools.

"We will check first with the Department of Education, which schools have already been adopted and we will check for a school with the most vulnerable families, that will be the first school we will adopt," she said.

Mafaya clarified said that local teachers identified the disadvantaged learners to receive the towels. She said that the program was to introduce the municipality to the school and the community.

While addressing the learners, Jie Lee Zhang, who is the CEO of the Chinese police corporation centre, said: "You guys are the future, we will always support you and look after you guys. We will talk with the leader of this school and do more things for you guys."

Zhang then told the media that they have been building a very good partnership with the municipality and their focus is on community work "because that's what our government has encouraged."

They also donated fruits to the school.

"We think that it is very important that they get energy and [fruit] is also healthy," he added.

The deputy principal of the school, Ndumiso Mbotshelwa, said: “We feel so important that the municipality chose us to be the first school they hosted this program and also showing that how close they are to the community.”

He added that they are still looking to further engage with the municipality to get more assistance as they are a "previously disadvantaged school."

A 15-year-old grade 8 beneficiary, Lisakhanya Metjies, said: “I feel good because most of us come from disadvantaged homes, so we are very grateful.”

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