DUNCAN Village duo, Zizipho Njadu, 26, a Walter Sisulu University Human Resources Management student and Live Sani, 35, who is part of the South African Youth Council in Bhisho, are paying it forward.
The two started a youth programme, the Back to School Campaign, which collects school uniforms for pupils in need – from shirts to tunics, jerseys, socks and shoes.
Njadu said he and Sani decided on the initiative after a visit by officials from the department of sport, recreation, arts and culture to Duncan Village to donate essentials to pupils who were from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“Unfortunately they did not bring enough for everyone and that is where we saw it fitting to come up with this plan,” Njadu said.
They hope the initiative will encourage pupils to stay in school because some dropped out as they could not afford the essentials, Njadu said.
The campaign has seen local businesses and community members donating school clothing and shoes.
“So far, we will be donating to four schools in Duncan Village: Mzokhanyo High School, Inyathi Primary School, Ebenezer High School and Nontuthuzelo Primary School.
“We are going to expand in the near future and donate to more schools,” Njadu said.