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2022/06/13      |  Written By:  Sergeant A Malwetse   |   Province:  North West

The South African Police Service (SAPS) Women's Network in Leeudoringstad held a Gala dinner on Friday, 3 June 2022, in order to collect girls' school shoes. That was after the Station Commander, Captain Tebogo Olifant, called a meeting with the Women's Network earlier in January, to plan a project to uplift, guide and show love towards the needy girls. Thereafter, the planning of the gala event commenced. Three local primary schools were identified; namely, Thusang, Thakadu and Leeudoringstad.

In order to enter and attend the gala dinner, attendees were required to bring a pair of school shoes.  At the end of the evening, 151 pairs of school shoes were collected. The gala dinner was attended by the Leeudoringstad police station personnel, local and district Community Police Forums (CPFs), officials from Department of Health, Educators from Thakadu and Thusang Primary Schools as well as Tseleme Men's Social Club.

Captain Olifant thanked all the local businesses who ensured that the event was successful.

On Wednesday, 8 June 2022, Captain Olifant, Leeudoringstad Women's Network and Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Communications, embarked on visits to the aforementioned schools to donate 151 pairs of shoes to the learners. The visit commenced at Thusang Primary where the principal, Mr Magae Motaung welcomed the police with open hands. While addressing the learners and personnel, Capt Olifant said this effort is a gesture of Ubuntu and a way of giving back to the community to show that policing goes way beyond effecting arrests. He said: “Police love and care about the society and desire to see learners, especially girls, enjoying schooling in a peaceful environment.”

He pointed out that the initiative is just the beginning of more things to come as they aim to extend it to taking care of children at child-headed families by assisting them to get birth certificates and identity documents. The station personnel committed to adopt  at least two learners from destitute families to take care of their educational needs from Grade 1-12. The Principal, Mr Motaung, expressed his heartfelt gratitude, he said there is still much to be done.

The team proceeded to Thakadu Primary where they were welcomed by the principal, Mr Macmillan Sebitloane and thereafter to Laerskool Leeudoringstad where the principal, Mr Stephanus Van der Westhuizen also welcomed them. Mr Van der Westhuizen appreciated the donations and the visit by the police and requested them to continue doing good to the less fortunate.


The gala dinner was attended by the Leeudoringstad police station personnel.
Pairs of shoes were donated to the learners.
Pairs of shoes were donated to the learners.
Pairs of shoes were donated to the learners.