Re­cy­cling drive for day­cares

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THE SASKO Siya­sizana Day­care Pro­ject re­cently held a prize­giv­ing in Mdantsane, re­ward­ing the 180 par­tic­i­pat­ing day­care cen­tres in the area.

Siya­sizana – a Zulu term which means: “we are help­ing each other” – was launched in Tem­bisa, Soweto, in 2015. The pro­ject has been run­ning suc­cess­fully in Mdantsane since Jan­uary and aims to as­sist day­cares, while also en­cour­ag­ing the re­cy­cling of bread bags.

“We looked at the needs of the day­cares in East Lon­don, and wanted to find a way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­ni­ties who support us. By col­lect­ing these bags to re­cy­cle, we can as­sist the day­care own­ers with the ba­sic needs to make their day­care en­vi­ron­ments more com­fort­able, ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit­ing the chil­dren in their care,” Es­sen­tial Foods Bak­eries brand man­ager at Sasko, Lun­gelwa Mnya­mana said.

In just six months, the 180 par­tic­i­pat­ing day­cares in the Mdantsane area, with the help of com­mu­nity mem­bers, man­aged to col­lect 145000 Sasko bread bags. At the prize-giv­ing last week, Sasko handed over 1 170 prizes which in­cluded mat­tresses, back­packs, basins, car­pets, chairs and even fridges or stoves for par­tic­i­pat­ing day­cares.

“With a to­tal of 145 000 bags, the 180 par­tic­i­pat­ing day­cares will now be able to pre­pare cooked meals, pro­vide blan­kets to keep chil­dren warm, and set up tables and chairs dur­ing ac­tiv­ity and meal times,” Mnya­mana said.

Elsie Si­ace from Luzuko Day­care took first prize for col­lect­ing 4 850 bread bags. She was closely fol­lowed by Vu­lyelwa Ty­olo from Morn­ing Star Day­care who col­lected 4700 bags.

Also in­cluded in the top five win­ners were Kids Con­nec­tion Day­care, King­dom Kids Day­care and Full of Life Day­care. With 2256 par­tic­i­pat­ing day­cares across the coun­try, the pro­ject has, to date, col­lected 3003566 bread bags and given out 10 146 prizes to day­cares.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the SASKO Siya­sizana Day­care Pro­ject please visit the Sasko web­site at

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