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Barefoot brigade steps out
30 January 2012

BEGGING FOR SHOES: Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Zanoxolo Wayile and his son Thimna spent Saturday begging for school shoes at Bay shopping centres

Khanyi Ndabeni  [email protected]

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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PStir [02 February 2012 10:42]
How much of your salary do you donate? Or do you just comment about it?
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dokhotelo [31 January 2012 11:35]
…Do you know the meaning of political opportunism???? …….How about the “concerned mayor” and “concerned councillors” (if such a thing exists) donate part of their generous salaries (tax-payer provided) to such just and noble cause?????
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PStir [31 January 2012 7:55]
So you don’t think it’s a worthy cause to get school uniforms for poor children?
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dokhotelo [30 January 2012 13:05]
…Ag, shame!….But with all the money he gets (“Councillors demand huge salary hikes” , “Mayors salaries to top R 1 million”), he can clown around………
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Your Views

PStir 2 February 2012 10:42 am

How much of your salary do you donate? Or do you just comment about it?…

BrandGat 2 February 2012 3:47 am

This ‘secrecy bill’ is a slap in the face for democracy! The government seems to want “things’ swept under the carpet it has obviously much to hide. Time to get shot of them and start over again….

SharonT 31 January 2012 2:56 pm

how disappointing that this so-called journalist feels the need to include the trashy comments from a teenagers’ facebook page? the naked facts would have been enough to enlighten us to the teenagers…

dokhotelo 31 January 2012 11:35 am

…Do you know the meaning of political opportunism???? …….How about the “concerned mayor” and “concerned councillors” (if such a thing exists) donate part of their generous salaries (tax-payer p…

PStir 31 January 2012 7:55 am

So you don’t think it’s a worthy cause to get school uniforms for poor children? …

LAW 31 January 2012 7:34 am

Here we go again with the threats of load shedding. Eskom has had many years to come up and get the system running for a bigger population in SA, if its not an increase now its threats of load sheddin…

dokhotelo 30 January 2012 1:05 pm

…Ag, shame!….But with all the money he gets (“Councillors demand huge salary hikes” , “Mayors salaries to top R 1 million”), he can clown around…………

Opstoker 28 January 2012 7:35 am

Was it not the selfsame Radebe who corruptly made a farce of the interviewing process of Mogoeng Mogoeng?…

alcan 27 January 2012 8:17 am

Faulty Transformer? or is the piece of equipment merely badly maintained!…

edisking1 25 January 2012 10:54 am

Sorry to say that this is a weak, sensationalist article. I am very much an environmentalist, however I would far rather support ‘the worse of two weavels’ by having a nuclear plant than more coal pow…