SAPS Women’s Network and Men for Change restores the dignity of learners at Dirang Primary School

PRETORIA -The South African Police Service's Women's Network and Men for Change Head Office structure is pleased to announce the donation of 16 newly-built ablution facilities to learners at Dirang Primary School in Makanyaneng village, North West.

The newly-built toilets aim to among other things, improve the teaching and learning conditions of learners at the school by providing learners with safe and healthy sanitation facilities.

The newly built facilities replace an old dilapidated structure which was utilized by the more than 400 learners from Grade R to 7. The old toilets were either blocked, broken or not in a good working condition, making them unusable for the high numbers of learners needing to use them.

The police's Women's Network and Men for Change structure which was established by a group of men and women in blue who beyond the call of duty identify those who are less fortunate have now stepped in to lend a helping hand by building toilets for the learners.

During the handover, which was attended by representatives from various government departments, overjoyed learners couldn't contain their excitement. They thanked the men and women in blue for going beyond the call of duty to serve.

The facilities have come as a sigh of relief for the 424 learners.

A Grade 7 learner at the school shared her views as follows:

I feel so excited about the new toilets. The old toilets were not flushing well. We would like to thank the SAPS and we promise to keep them clean.

A fellow learner also shared the same sentiments.

I feel so happy, I hope my fellow learners keep the toilets clean and well protected. We thank the SAPS and this will teach us to protect our school and our toilets

Representatives from the North West Provincial Department of Education were also in attendance. The MEC of Education in the province, Ms Mmaphefo Matsemela shared these sentiments:

On behalf of the department and the community of Klipgat, I want to thank SAPS for donating 16 ablution facilities to the learners of Dirang Primary School. This shows us that the police are just ordinary people like us. Here corporate governance is not in theory but in practice. The budget of the department is very limited and cannot cover all the backlog of infrastructure. We need to reciprocate the good gesture by ensuring that we will look after the facility � MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela

The Women's Network and Men for Change champions say they felt obliged to give back to the communities they serve because communities play a big role in assisting the police to fight crime.

The handing over of the ablution facilities was led by the Deputy National Commissioner for Human Resource Management in the SAPS, Lieutenant General Bonang Mgwenya.

Through the organisations Community Policing Strategy launched in October 2018, our aim is to mobilise and interact with more communities with a view of detecting, preventing and combating crime in our communities. It is such programmes that assist us in identifying how our men and women in blue can play a role in building safer communities. Today we applaud our structure, for playing a meaningful role in society and encouraging young people to join the fight against crime by showcasing the extraordinary work that our men and women in blue initiate to serve and protect all in SA. I encourage you all to study hard and follow in the footsteps of our men and women in blue today - Lt Gen Bonang Mgwenya

The Women's Network and Men for Change have over the years went beyond the call of duty to serve communities in SA by lending a helping hand in re-building old age homes, re-building homes destroyed by fires and donating food parcels and necessities to vulnerable communities. The structure which currently operates in all 9 provinces relies on donations to fulfil their responsibility to serve. If anyone would like to know how to assist their initiatives, the South African Police Service encourages members of the public to make contact with Colonel Rose Mampane on (012 393 3215).

Source: South African Police Service