Members of the Newlands West Taxi Association recently donated school uniforms to 59 underprivileged pupils from eight schools in the Newlands West area.
Chairman of the association, Fisokuhle Kheswa said this is their way of giving back to the community they serve.
“This will be an annual hand-over, where needy children are given school uniforms. It was a pleasure seeing smiles on the children’s faces as they received their uniforms,” he said.
Local ward councillor, Gugu Zulu said the needy children were identified through discussions held with the schools, members of her committee and residents.
“We are grateful to the businessmen for the generous donation. Helping children with school uniforms is a great initiative as we do not want pupils running away from school because they do not have a full uniform. Now these children can look like their fellow school mates with a full uniform. We are hoping that other business people can take tips from this great initiative of giving back to the community,” said Cllr Zulu.
The taxi association’s treasurer, Sakhile Dludla said they are trying to move away from the stereotype of taxi drivers and owners being known for violence.
“We are ordinary human beings who have hearts. We giving back to the community that we serve. This is also a way of thanking the community for their continuous support,” said Dludla.
New West Secondary School was one of the beneficiaries of the uniform hand-over. School principal, Rajah Surabdernath said five pupils from his school received the generous donation.
“We welcome this great community initiative and we really appreciate it. Giving back to the community is always a great deed,” he said.