EASTERN CAPE: The NYDA chairperson, Sifiso Mtsweni has vowed to fight for the free provision of sanitary towels for young girls.
Mtsweni said this after visiting Manzezulu Senior Secondary School in Machibeni Village, Eastern Cape on an outreach programme. The visit comes after the school as well as community leaders express dismay at the level of school girls drop out due to the lack of support from government.
Mtsweni has vowed to lobby the national government to ensure that there is a rollout of sanitary towels in schools for young girls.
Speaking during the visit Mtsweni said, “A girl child deserves to receive sanitary towels for free at all public and private schools. The future of this country rests on our ability to change the lives of the girl child, especially in the rural places.”
Mtsweni also added that the “NYDA will sponsor four top performing matriculants with bursaries to study at an institution of their choice, through the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund.
He also said “young people must engage in sports to prevent the scourge of drugs abuse in society.”
“The NYDA is engaging the Department of Transport to spearhead a program of providing drivers licenses to all matriculants as of next academic year,” he added.