In celebration of the Mandela Day this year, South African shoe company, Bata South Africa will be donating Toughees shoes to children that are in need across the nation.
This donations will be done through Bata South Africa’s program for children called the Bata Children’s Program (BCP).
The company is aware of the challenge school children face walking long distances just to get to school, that is why Bata has partnered with Kasi Angels Foundation to make a difference in the lives of children.
The Kasi Angels Foundation, an NPO, was founded by a Khayalitsha resident in Cape Town whose goal is to donate 1000 shoes in each province, thus 9000 pairs of shoes, to disadvantaged pupils in the country.
With the assistance of Bata, the Kasi Angels Foundation is able to give out 2000 pairs of Toughees shoes to children that are needy in Cape Town.
Swastika Juggernath, the Marketing Manager for Bata South Africa said that it is more than just a pair of shoes.
Juggernath said “Education, one of Mandela’s passions, is one of the crucial development areas that BCP looks to make a difference”.
She added that education is the foundation on which development is based on and the Bata Children’s Program strives to improve access to basic education.
The Mandela Day initiative was launched by Bata South Africa through the Bata Children’s Program plans to distribute 100 pairs of shoes to worth organisations all over the country.