30 Mar 20 News Communities South Africa

Aftercare 'tooth-torial' gives Noupoort pupils reason to smile

Youngsters at Ikhwezi Lokusa Primary School aftercare centre show their delight with Tooth Fairy treats

The Tooth Fairy made a rare daytime appearance in South Africa’s Northern Cape earlier this month and left children in a wind farm community beaming.

The flying visit to Noupoort, timed ahead of World Oral Health Day on March 20 and before COVID-19 restrictions were introduced, was a chance to highlight the importance of having a mouthful of strong teeth to youngsters at three aftercare centres.

Practising cleaning technique with a new-for-old toothbrush

After enjoying a healthy lunch, more than 100 pupils in Grades 1 to 4 at Ikhwezi Lokusa Primary School, Eurekaville Intermediary School and Noupoort Combined School got fun lessons in oral hygiene.

They then practised brushing their teeth with new toothbrushes that were handed out in exchange for their old ones as part of the Tooth Fairy programme, run by the local youth-led NGO, Inclusive Neighbourhood Spaces, and sponsored by Noupoort Wind Farm.

Sandisiwe Mntonintshi, Economic Development Manager of Noupoort Wind Farm, said: “The Tooth Fairy collected old toothbrushes in exchange for new toothbrushes and gave each child a tube of toothpaste as well – and of course taught the children about the importance of oral hygiene.

“We are so happy to have also received special notes from the children for our Tooth Fairy telling her what makes them smile, so that we have some happiness to upload on the community Facebook page.”

  • The 80 MW Noupoort Wind Farm was developed, constructed and is now operated by Mainstream for our Africa joint venture, Lekela Power. Since being commissioned in 2016, it has been generating around 304,800MWh of clean renewable energy per year; enough to power up to 69,000 South African homes and effectively eliminate 300,000 tonnes of annual carbon emissions when compared to fossil fuel power plants.