[Mossel Bay, South Africa, 19 June 2019] Access to sanitary pads remains a challenge for many South African school girls and it is for this reason that Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Mossel Bay chose to support this cause with the proceeds of its Charity Fishing Competition, which is set to take place on 29 June 2019 at the port breakwater.
The plight of underprivileged school girls’ limited access to sanitary towels was highlighted by the Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, Bongani Majola in a recent essay in which he stated: “The lack of access to sanitary towels not only has adverse effects on school attendance but it also has ripple effects on the economic development of communities and countries as a whole.”
“The grave lack of appropriate sanitary towels can push menstruating girls out of school, which results in absenteeism and increased dropout rates. Statistical research by the United Nations confirms that 1 in 10 girls in Africa miss school during menstruation, which is an appalling reality,” he said.
With this understanding in mind, TNPA Port of Mossel Bay has partnered with local non-profit organisation, the Call – People of Action, to raise funds towards the purchase of sanitary pads at Groot-Brakrivier Secondary School in Great Brak River. Port of Mossel Bay Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange said involvement in the sanitary pad outreach programme places TNPA in a position to assist the underprivileged as well as valuable school children.
“We are involved in several youth-related initiatives in the areas because we recognise our role in supporting the development of our future leaders. Not only is it important to expose them to the maritime industry and support them in their educational development, it is also our responsibility to help ensure their basic access to uninterrupted education,” he said. “This is couldn’t be more relevant, considering we are commemorating youth month. Make sure you get your ticket and play your part in keeping a girl learner in school.”
He appealed to the Garden Route community to support this initiative, while enjoying a day out at the Port. “Community initiatives like the fishing competition serve as a reminder that TNPA is working towards opening up the ports to local communities. Among other initiatives planned for the year, the port also recently announced its new-look Port Festival in Mossel Bay, called the Garden Route Port Festival, which is set to take place in November 2019,” said Tshikalange.
While the competition aims to raise funds to purchase sanitary pads, participants won’t go home empty handed as they stand a chance to win prizes of up to R10 000. In order to promote sustainable fishing, the competition criteria will be catch and release. The cost of an entry ticket for the fishing competition is R100 or participants can redeem a ticket by purchasing sanitary pads to the value of R100, with the receipt and products serving as the admission fee. Tickets can be redeemed or purchased from TNPA Security office at 1 Kloof Street during business hours. For more information, contact Sithembiso Soyaya on 083700 9907 or email email@example.com
About Transnet National Ports Authority
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is one of five operating divisions of Transnet SOC Ltd. The National Ports Authority is responsible for the safe, effective and efficient economic functioning of the national port system, which it manages in a landlord capacity. It provides port infrastructure and marine services at the eight commercial seaports in South Africa – Richards Bay, Durban, Saldanha, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Mossel Bay and Ngqura. It operates within a legislative and regulatory environment and is governed by the National Ports Act (Act No. 12 of 2005). For more information visit www.transnetnationalportsauthority.net.