The ANC commends kick-starting a Child's Future One Meal at a Time

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The African National Congress welcomes the official launch of the Department of Basic Education's National School Nutrition Programme at Winnie Mandela Primary School in Ekurhuleni on Wednesday, 26 August 2019. This is a government programme that provides one nutritious meal to all learners in poorer primary and secondary schools. The launch of this programme is a joint partnership between the Department of Basic Education and South African food and beverage products company, Pioneer Foods. This launch makes Gauteng the seventh province to receive Pioneer Foods supplies.

According to the 2013/14 annual report, the programme had reached more than nine million learners in quintile 1, 2 and 3 schools. Feedback on this programme seems to have had a positive effect displaying a reduction in absenteeism and learners arriving on time to ensure they receive the breakfast. The ANC believes education is a societal matter, and therefore calls upon other business partners to join in on this initiative in order to reach and feed more children.

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