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GP social development plans to distribute 1 million sanitary packs by 2019

The packs being handed out will contain not only sanitary pads but soap, toothpaste, body lotion, deodorant, and toilet paper.

FILE: Sanitary pads. Picture: Winnie Theletsane/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Social Development Department says it aims to distribute more than one million sanitary packs to school girls across the province by 2019.

The department is working with the Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu in efforts to provide especially sanitary pads to school girls and poor unemployed young women in South Africa.

The packs being handed out will contain not only sanitary pads but soap, toothpaste, body lotion, deodorant, and toilet paper as well.

The department says it hopes by providing sanitary packs to those who need them, there will an improvement in academic performance and school attendance.

Spokesperson Mbangwa Xaba says: “Because they would be unable to be in class and they’re forced to skip lessons; noting the point that we need to extend this service to more and more girls so that it is not just an act of charity but it is a deliberate government intervention.”