More than 1 300 primary school learners of Chivirikani Primary School in Katlehong, south-east of Johannesburg, received a pair of brand new school shoes for the start of the new school year…
The shoes were made from non-hazardous, recycled PVC healthcare waste products. This means that these young learners will attend school this year in improved safety and comfort while proudly walking in shoes that have contributed towards reducing the country’s landfill waste burden and emission of greenhouse gasses.
- Too many South African learners have no shoes, and are going to school barefoot
- Millions of used, non-hazardous hospital PVC drip bags, oxygen masks and associated tubing destined for landfill, can be recycled into premium-quality products such as school shoes
- Just 20 drip bags are needed to make one pair of new school shoes
- An innovative partnership between Netcare and Adcock Ingram Critical Care represents a step in the right direction, so that children won’t have to go to school barefoot or without the appropriate shoes
- This initiative is sustainable over the long term, also offering environmental benefits, enterprise development and job creation opportunities
More shoes to be distributed
A further 25 000 learners around the country will receive shoes during 2020 through the My Walk initiative, an innovative partnership between Netcare and Adcock Ingram Critical Care that is turning used, uncontaminated PVC intravenous drip bags, oxygen masks and associated tubing into shiny new school shoes, made from 100% recycled material. The school shoes themselves are also 100% recyclable, with the exception of the laces.
Chivirikani Primary School principal, Mr Christopher Maluleke, says: “School shoes mean more than just completing the uniform. When children don’t have shoes, it can affect their personal dignity and self-esteem, which may negatively impact their school experience, academic performance and potentially hold them back from participating in games and sports. Wearing fit for purpose school shoes can help bolster children’s confidence and self-esteem and have an all-round positive effect on their journey of development and learning, so that they can be better equipped for the future.”