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Platfontein learners get new school shoes

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The feet of 200 pupils at !Xunkhwesa Combined School in Platfontein will be safe from the cold this winter after the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry donated brand-new school shoes and socks to the learners.

The national secretary of the National Bargaining Council for Road Freight and Logistics Industry hands over new school shoes to learners at the !Xunkhwesa Combined School in Platfontein. Picture: Supplied

THE FEET of 200 learners at !Xunkhwesa Combined School in Platfontein will be safe from the cold this winter after the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry (NBCRFLI) donated brand-new school shoes and socks to the learners.

The national secretary of the NBCRFLI, Musa Ndlovu, said the donation was made as means to not only assist less-privileged learners but also to inspire them to remain in school despite the challenges they might face.

“!Xunkhwesa was identified as a beneficiary after meeting the NBCRFLI CSI selection criteria as a no-fee paying school. Platfontein, which is situated 15 kilometres outside of Kimberley, consists of two San tribes, the !Xun and the Khwe, with the name of the school representing both tribes. Every child deserves an education and a fair chance at success, regardless of the circumstances they were born into. This donation is very significant as it will ensure that these 200 learners, despite their background, will have the confidence to walk into the classroom and receive education,” said Ndlovu at the handover on May 17.

The principal of the school thanked the NBCRFLI for its generous donation and for making a change in the lives of the learners through the gesture.

“Many learners are from needy families and, as such, the shoes and socks will have a positive impact on their school attendance. This donation has brought a big smile and warmed the hearts of these learners. It has also given learners hope by breaking down some of the barriers that hinders them from receiving an education,” Newman said.

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