INITIATIVE: Twitter Blanket Drive returns

For the first time, the Twitter Blanket Drive is partnering with #DignityDrive and calling on South Africans to not only donate blankets to this year’s campaign but to also give sanitary products for girls and young women who can’t afford them.

Last year, comedian Siv Ngesi joined this initiative in celebration of his 31st birthday.

Instead of partying it up, he challenged South Africans to donate sanitary pads to those who need it, giving birth to the #DignityDrive campaign.

In Cape Town, organisers are asking companies and individuals to drop off pads, tampons and reusable moon cups, along with new or good quality second-hand blankets, at the Fire & Ice Hotel in New Church Street in the CBD.

Some girls even skip school as they cannot afford sanitary ware.

“If men bled once a month, there would be free pads available, like condoms! I will not rest until this is a reality,” says a passionate Ngesi.

For the past eight years, South Africa’s Twitter community has united to help donate thousands of warm blankets for the poor just in time for winter.


“With winter around the corner, we know that charities struggle to try and meet the demand for blankets for the underprivileged. But in today’s digital world, we have the power to make that change,’’ says #TBD2017’s national co-ordinator and Cape Town host, Merentia van der Vent.

South Africa’s oldest wine-producing estate, Groot Constantia, will also be an official drop-off zone.

If you drop off a blanket at the wine farm between April 3 and May 25, you will receive a free wine tasting, as well as a souvenir Spiegelau crystal wine glass.

For more information, visit or use the hashtag #TBD2017 and #DignityDrive on Twitter.