Siyazifukula’s gift to women

Back: Selina Lesibu, Minta Mabota, Khumo Dibakwane, Rebecca Mokgatlhe and Ingrid Lethoba. Front: Busisiwe Koalane and Mpho Mshwele. Photo: Sonwabile Antonie


Siyazifukula Learner Transport Association (SLTA) has combined Mandela Day and Women’s Day to give back to women, by providing packs of sanitary towels to them. The plight faced by young girls living in rural and disadvantaged areas, of not having sanitary towels and having to use leaves instead, has come to light in South Africa, and many organisations have been working hard to ensure that natural bodily functions such as menstruation do not hinder a child from attending school.

SLTA chairperson, Bheki Ziqubu, said that this is just as important an issue as any, especially in the modern era.

“We are giving sanitary towels to those who live in disadvantaged areas as this item is important to women. I hope this acts as a wake-up call to all the men out there, to love, care for and respect all women,” he said.

As SLTA members work all year round on the roads transporting children, they are urging fellow motorists to be vigilant and drive respectfully.

“Self-leadership is a compass; it keeps you on track on how much we must drive ahead. Only the best ingredients will take us forward and make us taste good, as we transport the school children every day. We want to make parents aware that they must have the contact numbers of the driver who picks up their children. It is also very important to know the colour and registration number of the vehicle, and the officer number of the driver when making enquiries,” said Bheki.

SLTA has a broad list of requirements they look into before a learner transport driver is accepted into the association. Drivers must have PDP licenses, vehicles must be roadworthy, no loud music may be played in the vehicles, children must not be taken to school late, dropping them off far from school or home is not allowed, drivers must have first aid kits in their vehicles, and they must be an example other associations would want to follow.

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Sonwabile Antonie

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