The Office of the Executive Deputy Mayor of the Bitou Municipality, Cllr Sandiso Gcabayi, have recently ran several outreach programs. These programs were largely focussed on providing humanitarian relief members of the Plettenberg Bay community.
Firstly, the Deputy Mayor’s Office undertook the Right to Learn Campaign that was done in partnership with the Library Services. They visited and donated books and other learning material to some of the underprivileged schools in Plettenberg Bay. This is aimed at ensuring that the doors of learning are opened to even the needy children from our community.
As part of the outreach programs in schools, the Deputy Mayor visited Kwanokuthula Primary school to give needy and deserving learners some learning material. However, the Executive Deputy Mayor was touched by a sad story of one Grade 4 learner that could not attend school because she had no uniform. Her family home (a shack) burned down and they lost everything in the fire. The Deputy Mayor made sure that he delivered the full Uniform, Shoes Socks, Shirt and school Jersey to the learner. She is now back at school and able to learn like all other learners.
The office of the Deputy Mayor also helped the students of the South Cape College. The Deputy Mayor was consulted about the situation of South Cape College Students who had challenges with the National Financial Aid Scheme (NFSAS). Due to the non-payment of allowances by NSFAS, a large number of students were left stranded with no access to some of the most basic needs. In order to assist the Deputy Mayor’s office engaged various stakeholders and was able to donate toiletry, sanitary towels and food items (fresh vegetables, meat, starch and canned foods).
This gesture from the Deputy Mayor and the entire Bitou Municipality was well received by the Management and Student Body of the South Cape College.
It should be noted that the “Right to Learn Campaign is an ongoing program which aims to reach on previously disadvantage schools in Plettenberg Bay.
ISSUED BY THE BITOU COMMUNICATIONS ON BEHALF OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY MAYOR OF THE BITOU MUNICIPALITY ON THE 18 MARCH 2021 AT 13H00
Last published 23 March 2021