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YOUNG pupils from Soweto were over the moon when they received food parcels from the Soweto education district office.
Siyabonga Khumalo, 12, a Grade 6 pupil at Protea South Primary School, was one of 400 pupils who were given food parcels by Horizon Food Trust at the Education Department's offices at Soweto College in Soweto.
Siyabonga heartily ate the meal served to him and other pupils. He also received a food parcel worth R100 to take home.
The parcels contained maize meal, oil, sugar, macaroni and chocolate.
"I live with my unemployed mother, Dolly, and three sisters. We do not have anyone looking after us,'' said Siyabonga.
He said his father, who was the sole breadwinner, died in 2004 in a fire. Gurtug Yalvac of Horizon Food said they give food parcels to 6000 pupils a year.
"Our aim is to share with those who cannot afford,'' he said.
Many of the school children explained how the food parcels would help ease the hunger pains at home.
Bonolo Moeketsi, 7, of Park Junior Primary School in Turffontein, also appreciated the food parcels.
The same sentiments were echoed by Rochele Simonds, 11, a Grade 4 pupil at McBain Charles Primary in Eldorado Park. "My father will be happy for the food parcels,'' she said.
Dirkie Smith, a specialist in policy and planning for education, said teachers and officials were happy to learn that there are people, such as those from Horizon Food Trust, who care for children.