To mark 16 Days of Activism Against Abuse a Soweto company has come up with an innovative way of raising money to help matric pupils further their education next year.
Basadi Ba Nnete, a promotions and events company, had a car wash set up and sold food and drinks to raise funds for pupils at a house in Moletsane, Soweto. from 11am until late on Saturday.
The company owners - Joyce Manoko, Nandipha Masilo, Dimpho Manoko and Nonkululeko Hlongwane - opened their hearts to 11 grade 12 pupils by raising money for them to register for further education next year.
The company also used the event to highlight the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.
Manoko, co-founder of Basadi Ba Nnete, said they were moved by the plight of the girls, most of whom wanted to continue with their studies but could not afford it.
"We brought people together and talked to them about healthy lifestyles and also raised money for the girls," she said, adding that patrons were given free condoms.
She said they also wanted to sensitise the public to the fact that women who wear miniskirts were not inviting men to harass them.
Masilo said they wanted to show the girls that they do not have to depend on men to survive.
"We want women to be independent and to achieve that you need tertiary education," she said.
Since August the 11 girls, all pupils at Emshukantambo High, have been working for the company on weekends. They also volunteer at the Crystal Fountain Hospice in Soweto.
Mbali Mthembu, 18, said that joining Basadi Ba Nnete was a breakthrough for them.
"Next year I want to study communication and after joining the company I have gained exposure in promotion," she said.
Themba Gumede, a customer, said it was great to see women taking a stand. They are not just pretty faces and "I am happy with what they did with my car".