Sedzani Sigebe, front right, from “Vhusiwana asi vhufhelo ha matshelo “with a group of schoolgirls ( Magalangwe Secondary School) after handing out sanitary towels. Photo by Zwavhudi Tshisudzungwane
By: Zwavhudi Tshisudzungwane
Vengo hitmaker Sedzani Sigebe (23) on Friday visited Magalangwe secondary school in Tshikonelo village outside Thohoyandou. The main aim of the tour was to distribute sanitary towels that the young local hiphop artist collected on a campaign that he initiated early this year.
Sedzani Sigebe also known by his stage name ‘Pro heed’ launched the ‘Vhusiwana a si vhufhelo ha vhumatshelo’ campaign to collect sanitary towels a few months back.
“When I launched this campaign, a few negative inputs poured from different people and they said that I could not make it alone, but today I celebrate my victory as I am finally distributing sanitary towels to the young girls in Magalangwe secondary school”, said Sigebe.
“My aim is to ensure that at least 500 and more girls who are from disadvantaged background, their confidence is restored. The transition to womanhood should be a time of celebration, not a painful experience”, he added.
Sigebe also said it pained him to realise that there were many young girls who resorted to using old clothes, rags and newspaper because they could not afford sanitary towels. He further explained that this would not be the only school that he would visit to distribute the sanitary towels, but he would also try to visit many schools especially those in rural areas where most of the girls could not afford to buy sanitary towels.
“Lastly I will would like to appreciate all those who have contributed to my campaign. Without their help I wouldn’t be here today. Perhaps I would have failed”, he said.
A Grade 11 pupil Zwothe Mualusi was pleased with the work that the Tshivenda hip-hop artist ‘Proheed’ did for the girls.
“We are happy that there are people out there who know that some of us have to cope with menstruation every month and we are unable to afford sanitary towels because of the poverty we are living in”, she said.
Mualusi further explained that girls like her would no longer bunk school because of menstruation and so they prayed that their benefactor could keep on providing them with sanitary towels every year.