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MEC Majodina rounds off 2014 Back-to-School campaign in Klipplaat

AUGUST 1, 2014
Former Eastern Cape MEC for Social Development and Special Programmes, Pemmy Majodina with some of the tools and chairs that her Department donated to Ikwezi's early child learning centres.

A total of 35 learners from around Klipplaat, in the Ikwezi Local Municipality, benefited from school uniforms and food parcels during former Eastern Cape MEC for Social Development and Special Programmes, Pemmy Majodina’s, 2014 Back to School Campaign on the 28th of March. Honourable Majodina is now the MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture.

Held at Princevale Community Hall in Klipplaat, the Back-to-School campaign was meant to encourage children who come from disadvantaged families to attend school by giving them a full school uniform. The beneficiaries are the disadvantaged children that were identified jointly by social workers, traditional leaders and teachers.

“It’s Human Rights month and as South Africans, we are also celebrating 20 years of freedom and our rights as citizens. Our Back-to-School programme is an opportunity for us to show that children’s rights are acknowledged” said MEC Majodina.

She went on to describe the various rights of children, which are found under Section 28 of our Constitution. These include the right to be loved, cared for and protected from maltreatment, neglect, exploitation, abuse or degradation and urged the community to ensure that these rights are respected and protected.

“We also invited the Cacadu District Municipality Executive Mayor and her councilors here to showcase how the Graaff-Reinet Education District is benefiting from this campaign. A total of 150 uniforms were given to scholars in the entire area,” she said to much applause from residents, councilors and officials who filled the hall.

“In the Grahamstown Education District, which covers Grahamstown to Port Alfred, a total of 208 disadvantaged children also received uniforms. The Humansdorp- Jeffreys Bay cluster will receive 101 uniforms.”

14 Local children will continue receiving food parcels for the next six months courtesy of the South African Social Security Agency’s (SASSA) monthly nutrition programme, she also announced.

“Some of the children here look sickly. The doctors say it is because they are malnourished,” described MEC Majodina.

“We urge parents to take their children to clinics and hospitals for medical examinations to determine if they are malnourished. As government, we have programmes to assist such children to obtain the right diet and nourishment.”

“Today, we have about 16.1 million of our people receiving assistance from government through 8 types of grants. In the Eastern Cape there are 3.2 million grant recipients; every year we disburse about R2.1 billion in this province,” said MEC Majodina.

She also encouraged SASSA to look into cases where mothers are abusing the child grant system by seeking work in other provinces and leaving their children with grandparents, without access to the grant.

“Children are dying because of this. I encourage all the elderly and guardians to approach SASSA whenever this is happening so that we make sure that the child grants are going to the actual beneficiaries – the children,” said MEC Majodina.

Local early child learning centres were given chairs, toys and other learning tools for the learners. The MEC also donated various sports equipment to the community, which included cricket bats, helmets, protective pads and soccer balls.