Matla Primary School kids benefit from Shoe Drive

From left: Educator at Matla Primary School, Sergeant Mofokeng – SAPS, December Moloi – Motheo District Director, Colonel Mdingi – SANDF and Ernest Leburu - Liberty Regional Head with learners from Matla Primary School.

For the more than 660 pupils at the Matla Primary School in Bloemfontein, going to classes with worn-out shoes or even none at all, can be a daunting task.

However, their barefoot days came to end when members from the SANDF, SAPS and local religious leaders visited the school recently to handover of 660 pairs of shoes as part of insurer Liberty’s School Shoe Drive in partnership with Bata shoes.

The staff at Liberty have come together to pledge money towards buying shoes for learners from schools in poorer areas to make sure that they are prepared for the new academic year. Since its inception in 2017, the initiative has donated over 30 000 pairs of school shoes to underprivileged learners across South Africa.

“We believe in supporting less fortunate communities in the areas in which we operate. It is our hope that the School Shoe Drive will positively impact thousands of school children in our communities, assisting them to build better futures for themselves,” said Kanya Mofokeng, Worksite Development Specialist at Liberty.

The initiative is part of Liberty’s commitment to ensure positive education outcomes for the leaders of tomorrow. “Liberty’s impact on society is built on the foundation of education because it offers young people the opportunity to be included and participate in the development and growth of our economy,” said Nomaxabiso Matjila, Head of CSI at Liberty.

To nominate a person in need, contact the Liberty #DriveHope Squad on Facebook, Twitter, or email

Learners at the shoes handover at Matla Primary School.

Compiled by Justine Fortuin