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Community Protests hindinring Schooling

The Department is concerned that there has been no schooling in Kanyamazane, Mbombela Local Municipality for the past two days following a community protest. Eight primary and five secondary schools have been seriously affected by this development.

What is more worrisome is that Grade 12 learners were expected to use this time to cover the curriculum, start with revision and prepare for the preliminary as well as the final examination.

Equally concerning are content gaps that will be created in the lower grades which learners will carry through their schooling to affect them negatively in future.

We appeal to all community members to do something so that the adverse effects may be averted. The preliminary examination is scheduled to start on 28 August 2018.

If the situation continues , learners will not be prepared for this important examination and may find it difficult to cover for the lost time.

Not withstanding the community concerns, the Department is making an appeal to the community of Kanyamazane to consider the plight of the learners and request that efforts are made to ensure that learners and teachers attend classes without any disruption.

The final examination for the 2018 grade 12 learners is scheduled to start on 23 October to 28 November 2018.

MEC Malaza's Women's Month Message

The month of August is celebrated as a month of women to honour the more than 20 000 women pioneers who marched to the Union Buildings in 1956.

This is highlighted by Women’s Day, a holiday celebrated on 09 August to draw attention to significant issues South African women still face, such as parenting, domestic violence, and sexual harassment in the workplace, unequal pay, and schooling for all girls. It can be used as a day to fight for or protest these ideas.  

We must remember that the struggle for women is intertwined with the struggle for children’s rights.

As a nation, we are experiencing a sad chapter in our history with regards to the abuse of women and children. In this regard, Oxfam’s Centre for Violence and Reconciliation reports that three women die at the hands of their intimate partner every day in our country. 

Also, one in five South African women under the age of 18 has experienced some form of physical violence and South Africa is now officially the rape capital of the world. It is for that reason that we have to fight the abuse of women and children together, united as a nation. The rape and subsequent suicide of Khensani Maseko, a student at Rhodes University has taken the nation aback, highlighting the need for all of us, boys and girls, young and old to unite against this scourge.

It is thus important that boys and men should not just join but lead a conversation against the abuse of children and women.

As male counterparts and largely perpetrators of femicide and rape, we should re-orientate our socialization as macho and masculine to mitigate the dangerous mix of ego, pride and selfishness that negatively contributes to this violence against women and children. 

I am reminded of the Nguni proverb that says, “Ligotshwa limanzi” loosely translated to “teach a child good conduct at a tender age,” hence I am calling upon all boys to be brothers and protectors to their female counterparts against all forms of violence and abuse.  

In this regard, I plead with all the boys in our schools and communities to add their voices of condemnation and disapproval of any form of abuse so that the victims may feel that their plight is not being ignored. This in turn will create an environment where each person hearing this condemnation will be conscientised that our society has zero tolerance for physical violence and sexual violation. 

Schools, like our communities, should be free from any form of abuse as we together exercise zero tolerance. Let us all fight this scourge of abuse and allow women and children to enjoy their freedom in peace and dignity every day. 

Happy Womens Day

Be the Legacy

The past month of July, was designated as the Mandela Month, following the birthday of the founding father of our democracy and Former President Nelson Mandela which is celebrated on the 18th of July.

The schools that were aided by this endeavor are:

Hlomane Secondary School Lylidale in Bushbuckridge Local Municipality on Friday, 13 July 2018,

Violet Jiyane Primary School Carolina in Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality on Tuesday, 17 July 2018,

Nganana Secondary School in Amsterdam, Mkhondo Local Municipality on Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

The Department concluded the Mandela Month activities by officially handing over Sunduza Primary School infrastructure projects to the community of Manzana in Badplaas.

Newly Appointed District Directors

The Department congratulates the newly appointed District Directors who assumed duties since 01 August 2018 following their appointment by the Provincial Executive Council.

They are: Ms. Hazel Brukwe for Ehlanzeni District, Mr. Peter P Magagula for Gert Sibande District and Mr. Douglas Maja for Nkangala District.

Their interest in joining the formidable departmental team to improve the delivery of quality education is appreciated.
The Department pledges to support them throughout and wishes them the best in their new positions.

Once more, congratulations are in order.

Learners Score Big

In keeping to the spirit of the International Day for People with Albinisim, the Department facilitated a visit of few learners with Albinisim to the Transnet Phelophepha Health Care Train in PinaarRivier Station today.

The learners received detection of medical conditions,eye screening, education and were made aware of the importance of looking after their health.

The learners also received free eye spectacles, skincare ointments and hats. They were over the moon by the generosity they received, thanks to the professional gesture of the Phelophepha Health Care Train Staff and the leadership of DPSA.

The Department reiterates its clarion call to communities to give special care and support to all learners with Albinisim.

" Be the Legacy "

MEC Malaza requests School Governing Bodies to:

• Work with community leaders to ensure that the service delivery protest do not deprive learners their constitutional right to education.

• Work with principals and avoid unnecessary conflicts in schools.

• Assist schools to enforce a good code of conduct of learners.

• Support teachers at all times.

• Use the resources of schools for the intended purpose.

• Attend capacity building programmes of School Governing Bodies.

• Co-opt people with the requisite skills in the School Governing Bodies.

• Identify community members of integrity and appoint patrons in their schools.

• Form solid and functional SGB - sub committees and work collaboratively with structures such as the Moral Regeneration Movement to instill sound value systems in schools.

• Convene fruitful meetings with parents and be open and transparent about the day to day activities of the school governing bodies .

• Work with non-governmental institutions such as SANCA, Banks, Big Business to create a favorable teaching and learning environment in schools and

• Embrace IT and learn from the resent trends and ways of doing things.

MEC visits Phatfwa Secondary School

Phatfwa Secondary School was established in 1983 currently it has 725 learners and its 2017 Grade 12 class obtained 66.1% passrate.

The MEC will use the occasion to encourage learners to focus on their studies and to request teachers to inspire and instil a sense of purpose to learners in all grades.


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MEC: Mr Sibusiso Malaza

MEC Mhaule

HOD: Mrs. Mahlasedi Mhlabane

HOD Mhlabane

Make everyday a Mandela day.