Dube TradePort SpecIal Economic Zone donation of locally-designed and manufactured Subz Pants and Pads has been able to meet the sanitary requirements of hundreds of schoolgirls across KwaZulu-Natal. In total, 1 500 young women will benefit from unimpeded education, free from the economic and social concerns associated with buying monthly sanitary products through Dube TradePort’s Girl Child Support initiative.
“We are so excited to be partnering with Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone on this worthwhile initiative,” said Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads, and its NPO extension, Project Dignity. “This is the first time we’ve partnered with a government organisation for such an undertaking and we look forward to a really productive relationship that will see thousands more schoolgirls receiving vital sanitary wear.”
The schools visited recently included Amaoti Number 3 High School in Inanda; as well as three Indwedwe-based schools, Mashiyamahle High School, Hloniphani High School and Qinisani High School.
Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone through Project Dignity, distributed Subz Pants and Pads packs, which consist of a set of reusable sanitary pads and accompanying panties. These items can be washed and reused, making them both economically and environmentally advantageous. Barnes originally created the product after learning that schoolgirls were missing classroom time because they could not afford monthly sanitary items. Since 2010, Project Dignity has distributed thousands of packs to schoolchildren across South Africa and beyond the borders.
“Subz Pants and Pads were identified as the local supplier for this product which was important to Dube TradePort as local manufacturing and production as well as education amongst the key pillers of our CSI programme,” explained Dube TradePort CSI Manager, Solomon Nkosi. “The response of the schools to our donations have been great and we are very excited about the positive difference being made to these young women’s lives.”
Owned by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone is a world-class development that offers globally integrated logistics and manufacturing infrastructure, and support for a range of airport-related activities, including cargo operations, warehousing, agriculture, and commercial real-estate for office, retail and hospitality.
The organisations Girl Child Support initiative started in 2016 where normal sanitary towels were initially donated to different schools within KZN. In March this year Dube TradePort continued with the initiative and distributed Subz packs to eight schools in the region. These include Mshwati Primary School, Sphiwe High School, Mjoji Primary School, Lockhat High School, Mashiyamahle High School, Hloniphani High School, Amawoti No 3 Secondary School and Ndwedwe High School.
Solomon Nkosi and Dube TradePort Social Development Intern, Zanele Gumede accompanied by the Project Dignity team, visited schools for activation. In addition to distributing the packs, the children are engaged in an educational talk about personal health and wellbeing, as well as how to use and care for the product.
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