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Transnet donates food and PPE to KwaMashu school
​Transnet donates food and PPE to KwaMashu school.
Transnet has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) and food hampers to Gugulethu Primary School in KwaMashu, north of Durban as part of its efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Handing over the essential items to the school, Transnet Port Terminal’s Acting Head of Health and Wellness Doctor Thando Ngomane said the donation was in response to government’s call for businesses and individuals to contribute in the fight against Covid-19.

“This forms part of our partnership with the community, this is where we encourage children to do better in school and transform their lives,” she said.

The school, which is attended by mostly destitute children from KwaMashu and surrounding areas, received 20 food hampers, 400 sanitisers, 400 bars of antibacterial soap and 800 cloth masks. Ngomane said Gugulethu Primary was not the only school they would be donating these essential items to. “We will also be supporting other schools in eThekwini in order to help them comply with regulations in terms of infection prevention.”

She said they were working hand in glove with the City’s Health Department on various youth programmes and to identify schools that need support. Nthabiseng Malakoane from the City’s Health Unit, who manages the Adolescent and Youth Health Programme, said the partnership between the City and Transnet was helping hundreds of young people.

“Our partnership started long before Covid-19. We have been visiting schools encouraging children to do better at school.” She said most of the learners from Gugulethu Primary come from impoverished homes.
Principal of Gugulethu Primary Themba Sibaya said the donation will go a long way to keep learners safe.
 “I want to thank eThekwini Municipality and Transnet Port Terminal for the support they continue to give to our school.”

Themba.khumalo@durban.gov.za
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