The Rietgat SAPS in conjunction with Botshilu Private Hospital, Serisha Medical Services, Hero Burn Solution, Crystal Clean Company, Mental Health, Ampath Laboratory and Monmat visited Kgomotso High School to educate learners about problems faced by teenagers.
This initiative, which is a brainchild of Botshilu Private Hospital is aimed at addressing social ills to Grade 11 and 12 learners who are soon to be independent in their schooling.
Among the topics shared with these teenage learners, awareness of suicide, teenage pregnancy, alcohol and substance abuse, as well as cyberbullying, took centre stage.
The Rietgat SAPS Social Crime Coordinator, and Warrant Officer drew the attention of learners and taught them about cyberbullying, teenage pregnancy, and substance and alcohol abuse.
She told learners to be careful of who they follow and befriend on social media since cyberbullies target teenagers and the vulnerable. She further hinted to them to tell their elders as soon as they feel threatened, insulted, or intimidated on social media.
According to Botshilu Private Hospital, the background to this programme is powered by their CSI project, #BotshiluCares, where Botshilu intends to give back to the community of Soshanguve by creating a health education platform.
“Botshilu Private Hospital was strategically positioned in the community of Soshanguve to provide world-class healthcare at an affordable price.
We recognise and appreciate that we have become the private healthcare provider of choice, and thus we have initiated our CSI initiative #BotshiluCares to give back to the community”, said Stakeholder Relationship Manager Boitumelo Mphake.
She further expressed gratitude to the Tshwane North district office of the Department of Education to have granted the hospital permission to promote and deliver basic health topics at the selected schools within the Soshanguve area namely, Soshanguve High School, Botse-Botse High School, Kgomotso High School, Elizabeth Matsemela High School and Memezelo High School.
“We are proud and deliver basic health topics at the selected schools within the Soshanguve area namely, Soshanguve High School, Botse-Botse High School, Kgomotso High School, Elizabeth Matsemela High School and Memezelo High School.
“We are proud and grateful to have been allowed an opportunity by the Department to visit these schools to try to make a difference in the lives of these learners, our future leaders. The first school that was visited is Soshanguve High School back in February this year,” she concluded.