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The Sarah Baartman District Municipality hands over educational supplies to Sinethemba Educare Centre in Pearston

The Sarah Baartman District Municipality hands over educational supplies to Sinethemba Educare Centre in Pearston

The Sarah Baartman District Municipality, led by Executive Mayor Khunjuzwa Eunice Kekana, on the 28th of October, handed over much-needed educational toys and essentials to the Sinethemba Educare Centre in Pearston, in the Blue Crane Local Municipality.

The event was also attended by Blue Crane Mayor, Marjorie Scott and Sarah Baartman District Municipality Councillors, Nonkqubela Pieters and Notizi Vanda, the Ward Councillor and Community Development Worker (CDW).

Speaking at the event, Executive Mayor Kekana said the municipality was simply obeying a call by the MEC of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Fikile Xasa, for all the Mayors in the province to do something to improve the quality of education.

“Together with the Mayor (Marjorie Scott), we sat down and tried to find the most destitute place which we could assist and we identified this crèche. We sincerely apologise to the teachers, we took long to come here as we were still trying to put everything together,” said Executive Mayor Kekana.

The centre, which was established in 1993, currently accommodates 80 kids; however, due to the lack of educational toys and other basic necessities, some children ended up leaving the institution.

The Sarah Baartman District Municipality has now supplied the crèche with tables, chairs, colouring books and blankets.

“This is just a little assistance from the District Municipality. We want to help these children so that they can have a better education. We want to help them have a good long-lasting memory, as a crèche is the first school that every child goes to,” Executive Mayor Kekana said.

Mona Bansternel, a teacher at the centre said they were very grateful to the Sarah Baartman District Municipality for the supplies, as the school was in desperate need.

Following the handover at the Sinethemba Educare Centre, Executive Mayor Kekana also gave about 30 boxes of sanitary towels to young girls at Lukhanyiso Primary School.

“The reason we are here today is that most of the kids come from very poor families, as a result they are sometimes forced to use newspapers or toilet papers instead of sanitary towels and that is not healthy,” said Kekana.

Lukhanyiso Primary School principal said: “We, as the teachers are the people that see when these kids experience such issues. It becomes easier for them to talk to us than with their parents. We are very thankful to the District Municipality.”