Newly appointed Minister Responsible for Women, Bathabile Dlamini, says she wants no fee paying schools to receive free sanitary towels for pupils.

This as there is an outcry about the one percent increase Value Added Tax and its impact on basics like sanitary towels.

Addressing the issue in Parliament, Dlamini says providing sanitary towels for the poor is an initiative she takes seriously.

“We have discussed the issue of pads. Actually we are saying pads must be free for children because now children start menstruating at the age of 9. Lets start with something that we are going to win . Firstly young children and then go gradually because if we say everyone the response we are going to get is that there is no money and therefore you get nothing but of we start with children there we will be successful.”