The first schools to benefit from the stationery distribution were in the Gauteng and Western Cape provinces, with the roll out to other provinces scheduled to take place in the next few weeks.
JetMart will hand over 700 000 items in total. The supply includes pens, pencils, exam pads, files and rulers worth R2,4 million. The value of the supplies given to Moloto in Mpumalanga today is worth R70 000; the donation to Thohoyandou, also made today, in Limpopo is worth R20 000. The stationery includes much-needed writing and reading materials that learners and educators can utilise effectively to support their curriculum requirements, as identified by the schools' principals.
"JetMart's donation underpins Edcon's commitment to education by replenishing stationery in schools where such stock is depleted by this time of the year - schools that cannot afford to augment supplies the student require," said Xolile Caga, Edcon Group CSI Manager.
JetMart is proud to be part of this project of giving back to its customers and the community at large, she said.
"We will ensure a smooth collection process so that learners and educators have access to the stationery in time for the year-end examination period, and in order to fulfil priorities for the curriculum," said Caga.
"Edcon has long-supported education initiatives; other programmes include early childhood development, educator management development, the upgrading of school facilities, entrepreneurship programmes for youth, and the recognition of outstanding educators through the Jet Community Awards.
This latest donation follows close on the heels of R2 million given recently towards the construction of an operating theatre at Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town, one of only three children's hospitals on the entire African continent.
"It is through donations like this that we can strengthen our partnerships with our communities and the government," concluded Laverne Leibrandt, Group Stakeholder Relations Manager.