PUPILS from impoverished families in Limpopo will benefit from a campaign aimed at giving them clothes as schools open for the first academic term.
Schools in Limpopo and other provinces opened on January 13.
The Dress-a-Schoolchild campaign is the brainchild of well-known entertainment guru Tom Sedibe, pictured.
He said the aim of the campaign was to make sure that children from poor families were properly dressed when they go to school.
Sedibe said they aimed at dressing at least 10000 pupils at various schools in the province. This would benefit all five districts of the province.
He said the donation would be made to 2000 pupils in each district. Each pupil would be given a full uniform, which includes a shirt, trousers, shoes, jersey, tie and dry mac.
"We have decided to embark on the campaign as a way of encouraging pupils to go to school with confidence," said Sedibe, who recently hosted a successful Polokwane Beach Party Festival.
According to Sedibe the campaign is in line with the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup.
"As we are in 2010 and the 2010 Soccer World Cup is around the corner, we've decided to dress at least 10000 pupils as part of giving back to communities," he said.
Sedibe further appealed to businesspeople, the government and other stakeholders to lend a helping hand to their cause.
"We want to do our utmost to ensure that children go to school with proper uniforms. We also hope this will go a long way in encouraging pupils to work hard in school and ensure they pass at the end of the year," Sedibe said.