Happy day for pupils
About 160 pupils from 15 primary schools in Musina were presented with new school uniforms worth R40 000.
The presentation took place at the Musina Showgrounds on Friday.
The initiative was a joint effort between the SAPS Women's Network Musina cluster, De Beers Venetia Mine and the Musina municipality.
Each pupil received a pair of shoes, socks, skirts, shirts and tunics, as is required by the schools.
The faces of the pupils beamed when they took to the stage to receive the uniforms from Musina mayor Caroline Mahasela.
Mahasela thanked the main sponsor, De Beers Venetia Mine, for supporting the Musina municipality in developing education.
"No guest speaker is needed to emphasise the importance of education - it is a given," Mahasela told the learners.
"Education brings light, joy and wealth. The future is there - yours is to make the right choices."
De Beers Venetia Mine public and corporate affairs coordinator Bonani Nyabane said: "It is part of our company's corporate social investment policy to give back to the communities in our labour force."
Senior Superintendent Maggie Mathebula of the SAPS Women's Network said they decided to approach De Beers Venetia Mine after observing the poverty in schools.
"We visit schools to conduct crime awareness campaigns and we were touched by the poverty of some learners," she said.
"We then asked the educators to provide us with lists of those who needed school uniforms.
"After that we approached De Beers and the rest is history."