Barefoot brigade steps out

Khanyi Ndabeni  ndabenik@avusa.co.za

NELSON Mandela Bay mayor Zanoxolo Wayile and prominent businessman Clifford Ngakane stunned shoppers at the Cleary Park and Walmer Park shopping centres in Port Elizabeth when they walked around the malls barefoot on Saturday.

Wayile, who was accompanied by the New Afroteens and local radio and TV personalities, wore a placard around his neck asking shoppers to donate school shoes.

 The municipality’s School Uniform Begging Campaign kicked off at Cleary Park on Saturday morning and moved to Walmer Park.

The team raised R57000 in cash donations, mostly from private companies, more than 74 pairs of shoes, 37 shirts, other clothing and stationery.

Municipal spokesman Kupido Baron said the money would buy more uniforms to be distributed at schools around Nelson Mandela Bay where there was a great demand.

“It will encourage the children to go to school without worrying about not having uniforms and also boost their performance at school,” he said.

The campaign is running throughout the week, with the mayor to be joined by politicians at the Greenacres shopping complex on Saturday.

Anyone who wants to donate uniforms can drop them off at the City Hall, Bay TV, Bay FM, IFM and Kingfisher FM.

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