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        Vision and Mission

    1.Chief Directorate: Education Provisioning Services (CD:EPS)

        1. Curriculum Management Directorate
        2. Vocational Education, Distance Education, Colleges of Education (VEDECE) Directorate
        3. District Services Directorate

        2.Chief Directorate: Management Support Services (CD:MSS)

        1. Finance Directorate
        2. Logistics Directorate
        3. Personnel Directorate

        3.Office of the Head of Department

        1. Transformation Directorate
        2. Communications Services
        3. Education Management Information Service (EMIS)
        1. Informational and Statistical Data
          1. Distribution of CS Educators
          2. Distribution of Learners
          3. Colleges of Education, Student Enrolment
          4. Technical Colleges, Student Enrolment
          5. Types of Schools
        2. Acknowledgements and Appreciation

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        • Striving for a people driven department
        • Responding to the needs of the communities
        • Striving for a learner-center education system
        • Right-sizing the department to be effective and efficient
        • Communicating effectively
        • Achieving a relevant curriculum
        • Developing the human resources
        • Striving for effective learning, teaching and the delivery of quality educational services


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        The Mpumalanga Department of Education, working in partnership with all stakeholders, is committed to rendering a learner-center quality education through capacity building and maximum utilization of existing resources.


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        The challenge facing the education portfolio is to provide a life long quality education that will encourage and mobilise the citizens of this country to be catalysts and agents of change towards the realisation of a peaceful, prosperous and democratic society. This portfolio also seeks to deliver an education system that is reconstructed, transformed and geared towards contributing productively to the South African economy by offering the relevant skills and knowledge.

        The co-operation and commitment of our clients and all stakeholders in this co-venture is highly valued and should be maximized. Their continuous involvement in policy formulation and the delivery of quality educational service serves as a source of hope and inspiration. I once more wish to express my appreciation to all the parents, educators, learners, the business community, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, religious formations and all those who selflessly invest in education by continuously working in partnership with us.

        This partnership will assist all involved to make the Tirisano vision realistic and achievable. It is my hope and belief that this action plan will lead to a paradigm shift in the way schools conduct their business and further create opportunities for them to work in an orderly, proper and professional manner. May I once more call on all teachers to teach, learner to learn, governing bodies to govern and officials to deliver quality educational services. Our resolve to adopt this actionable programme is indeed a commitment to bring about a better life to the citizen of Mpumalanga.


        CNM Padayachee 13 March 2000

        MPL, MEC for Education



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        The Mpumalanga Department of Education seeks to develop the citizens of this Province by providing quality learning, teaching and service at all educational institutions within its jurisdiction. It is our belief that this will lead to a well skilled, knowledgeable and progressive citizenry.

        A number of educational policies have been introduced so as to open the doors of learning to all and address the educational backlogs. It is now the right time for the Department to monitor and support the implementation of these policies. In this way educators, learners, parents and all stakeholders will be motivated to participate and provide the required support.

        Besides embarking on policy implementation and actionable educational programmes, the Department has openly declared its resolve to be responsive to its clients and to uphold the principles of Batho Pele which echo our core business of developing an education system that will capacitate, develop and empower humanity in all respects. The recipe for achieving a better life for all is by investing in the education of our present and future generations. As a Government Department we once more commit ourselves to be true servants of the citizens of this country by carrying out mandates and policies of Government and by providing the necessary advice and support to the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Education in this Province.

        I therefore wish to recommit myself, my colleagues and the entire Department to this action plan which will culminate in the delivery of a highly professional, efficient, effective service and the provisioning of a lifelong quality education for all.

        CM Mashaba 13 March 2000

        Acting Deputy Director-General: Education


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        1.1 Curriculum Management Directorate

        1999 / 2000 Objectives

        • implementation of curriculum 2005
        • improving the grade 12 results
        • conducting the senior certificate examinations
        • establishing quality assurance issues
        • implementation of ABET.
        • implementation of ECD pilot project
        • drawing up specifications for learner support material for grade 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8
        • establishing an ELIS library
        • maintaining on-going developmental projects for officials and teachers.
        P>1999 / 2000 Achievements

        • Curriculum 2005 was implemented in Grades 1 and 2.
        • Curriculum Implementers piloted in Grade 3 and 7.
        • More than 5000 Grade 7 teachers and 3000 Grade 3 teachers were trained in Curriculum 2005 to enable them to implement in the year 2000.
        • The November 1998 Grade 12 results for each subject were analysed.
        • Study guides were developed to support the intervention programme.
        • A winter school was held at each district in June 1999.
        • There was improvement in the administration of the Senior Certificate examinations.
        • The examination was written by 39 424 candidates in 520 examination centers.
        • In total approximately 174 subject based question papers were set, moderated and typed, printed.
        • The marking took place at 7 marking centers by 4300 markers.
        • The National monitoring committee certified that the examination was conducted in a proper and orderly manner and has therefore accepted the results as a fair reflection of the achievement of the candidates.
        • Advocacy of Quality Assurance was done in the province and two audit reports were released.
        • Training of Quality Assurance officials was completed in June 1999.
        • 977 ABET Practitioners were trained for Curriculum 2005 levels 1, 2 and 3.
        • 986 Practitioners were trained on assessment and learning programme design for level 4.
        • The Governing bodies of 5 Pilot centers and practitioners from all districts were trained on LSM development.
        • The National ECD Pilot is implemented at several Pilot Schools and the ECD implementers and practitioners were trained on OBE aspects.
        • An evaluation policy was compiled.
        • A Provincial Catalogue was compiled for Grade 2, 3 and 7.
        • Guidelines for Grade R material were compiled.
        • An ELIS Library was established, 2 posts were filled, 5000 books were displayed on the shelves and the World Book Day was celebrated.
        • The Policy for ELIS was developed.
        • A database of library resources at schools was compiled and SABAP funds were secured to train 76 teacher-librarians.
        • Approximately 12 projects were registered and are currently implemented and the countries involved are:





        ESKOM & TELKOM from SA






        SA – BILLITON


        SA – PRS

        MPSI, SABAP




        To be developed

        To be developed


        IMBALI ART

        Math & Science Teacher award

        Curriculum 2005, INSET


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         Objectives and Challenges for 2000 / 2001

        • To review the OBE basic training of teachers.
        • Develop ways and means, together with the school communities to improve the Senior Certificate results.
        • CASS implementation workshops to be held.
        • Ensure that all examination questionnaires are edited in time.
        • To establish a Provincial ABET Education Information System.
        • To implement the ECD Pilot Project.
        • To draft specifications for LSM for Grade 4 and 8.
        • Quality Assurance workshops to be conducted for CIs.


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        1.2. VEDECE Directorate

        1999/2000 OBJECTIVES

        • Implementation of new rehabilitation plan at Reform Schools
        • Redeployment of staff
        • Implementation of HIV/AIDS programme
        • INSET development of SEN district officials
        • Mobile career guidance unit to accommodate more learners
        • Implement Inclusive Education
        • Development of resource centres
        • Capacitate school management teams
        • Capacitate circuit managers on leadership efficiency skills
        • Capacitate SGB’s on powers and functions
        • To induct/orientate newly appointed officials
        • To establish an integrated VET/FET system
        • Expand guidance and placement centres
        • To ensure quality assurance
        • Develop provincial FET legislation
        • To develop HRD strategy for FET
        • Scale down on PRESET
        • Build management capacity
        • Scale down on PRESET bursaries
        • Aligning PRESET to the NQF
        • Expansion of INSET and the implementation of Curriculum 2005
        • Redeployment of staff


        1999/2000 ACHIEVEMENTS

        • A new rehabilitation plan for Reform Schools was implemented
        • Staff was redeployed to where they were most needed
        • An orientation programme for new learners was implemented
        • HIV/AIDS programmes were implemented in 40% of the schools
        • INSET development of SEN officials was conducted
        • A library and a workshop were established at Silindokuhle School
        • A school management team module has been developed
        • Two modules: one for SGB’s and one for RCL’s are distributed to all districts
        • A draft job description for circuit managers was developed
        • An Induction and Orientation course for new appointed officials were developed
        • Six modules for the Whole School Improvement Project have been printed and distributed to all districts
        • Technical colleges and practical training providers formed partnerships to provide accredited practical training
        • All programmes have been registered with SAQA
        • PRESET has been scaled down to Mathematics, Science, Technology, Computer Studies and Commercial subjects.
        • Bursaries were only allocated to scarce subjects like Mathematics, Science and Commerce
        • Excess staff in Colleges of Education was redeployed to curriculum
        • Programmes have been aligned to the NQF
        • An INSET strategy document has been produced.




        • Implement inclusion education in at least ten schools
        • Strengthening the HIV/AIDS programme in all secondary schools
        • Implement primary school HIV/AIDS project in at least 40% of all primary schools
        • INSET programmes for all SEN officials
        • Revisit job descriptions for all SEN officials
        • Capacitate circuit managers and school management teams on leadership skills
        • Capacitate and support whole school improvement teams
        • Capacitate district officials on project management
        • Implement the self school assessment programme
        • Create a database for SGB’s
        • Initiate career planning programmes
        • Election of new school governing bodies and representative councils for learners
        • Establishment of a Directorate : FET
        • Equip the guidance and placement centres at colleges
        • Draft a FET Act as well as regulations
        • Establish a provincial FET board
        • Development of a funding system for all FET institutions
        • Develop training programmes for FET councils and SRC’s.
        • Transform colleges into FET institutions
        • Transform governance structures
        • Improve overall management
        • Maintain and improve PRESET and diversify programmes
        • Extend and improve cost recovery.
        • Finalisation of the adoption of the INSET strategy proposal as Departmental policy.
        • Capacitate School Governing Bodies and Learner Representative Councils on leadership.


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        1.3. District Services Directorate

        Objectives: 1999/2000

        • To support and monitor the effectiveness of school governing bodies.

        • To work with learners and other partners to identify ways to improve learner's conduct and the school climate.

        • To work with employers and educators to create more opportunities for the youth to develop competencies by integrating classroom and workplace learning.

        • To communicate competencies for beginning and experienced teachers and heads of departments.

        • To work with colleagues to develop ways to monitor and report on the effectiveness of updated teachers preparation, professional development and evaluation of learners.

        • To continue to ensure high standards for education and communicate clear learning outcomes.

        • To provide classroom assessment materials to enhance teachers understanding of provincial standards.

        • To provide information to parents on what learners are expected to learn and to schools on what each learner has achieved in relation to provincial standard.


        1999/2000 Achievements

        • Districts have received curriculum implementers from colleges of education and this situation is improving service delivery to schools.

        • Through CIDA officials both at Head Office and District level were trained on the use of computers, sound management and budget planning.

        • The promotion of the culture of teaching and learning in the schools is receiving tremendous support. Schools are showing signs of improving.

        • Parents and the stakeholders are willing to co-operate to promote the policies of the Department.

        2000/2001 Objectives and Challenges

        • To improve co-ordination of services for Districts, Circuits and schools.

        • To increase high school completion rates to avoid over-crowding.

        • To improve performance in Science, Technology and Commerce.

        • To Monitor, track , identify and communicate learners progress in learning.

        • To review operational processes so as eliminate non-value-added activities.

        • To improve cost accounting processes and to provide information for decision making purposes.

        • To assess effectiveness of programs.

        • To promote parent and community involvement.



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        2.1. Finance Directorate

        1999 / 2000 Objectives

        • To render effective, efficient and client-centered financial support services .
        • To facilitate the optimal utilisation of the scarce financial resources.

        1999 / 2000 Achievements

        • Successful control of paysheets and the reduction of payment to fictitious employees.
        • The debtors system has been implemented with the assistance of the Department of Finance.
        • Debts and salary overpayments have been recovered while the outstanding balances are still being recovered.
        • Cashflow reports are made available on regular basis to all programme and responsibility managers.
        • Critical analysis of the cashflow reports is done by all the managers while corrective action is taken where variances arise.
        • Budget inputs which are based on the departmental strategic objective were submitted by the responsible managers.
        • Sound financial management and control measures have been implemented.
        • Over expenditure has been reduced compared to the previous financial year.
        • The MTEF budget cycle was incorporated within the Departmental Five Year Plan.
        • The budget allocation for 1999 / 2000 was utilised as follows:










        2 399 956

        99 148

        2 499 104


        Admin Expenses

        30 717

        3 654

        34 371


        Stores & Livestock

        92 089

        (2 022)

        90 066



        18 838

        3 543

        22 381


        Land and Building

        22 550

        (4 114)

        18 436


        Prof & Special Serv

        90 176

        (2 011)

        88 165


        Transfer Payments

        16 825


        17 777


        Sundry Expenses







        2 671 150

        99 150

        2 770 300


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        2.2. Logistics Directorate

        1999 / 2000 Objectives

        • To render an efficient and effective support service to departmental institutions.
        • To ensure the optimal utilisation of all-available goods and services to the total benefit of the Department.

        1999 / 2000 Achievements

        • The Head Office Component operates from Middelburg. It is accommodated in 2 rented and 2 departmental buildings, namely Galleries and Oaks, Magistrate and Beta respectively.
        • There are 10 District Offices. Eight are accommodated on rented buildings while two are in departmental ones.
        • 70% of the Circuit offices are well housed since most of the buildings belong to the Department.
        • There are 34 Independent Schools that are registered and are being subsidized.

        Primary schools = 06

        Combined schools = 27

        Secondary schools = 01

        All Telecommunication services and related payments were rendered successfully.

        • The Department administered 136 subsidised vehicles, which are insured by the State and are administered in accordance with approved policies and directives.

        20 vehicles were involved in accidents and were repaired and two were written-off.

        • The Department also issued 145 letters of approvals to officials to purchase subsidized vehicles in accordance with the new scheme, which came into effect on 1st April 1999.
        • A total of 189 vehicles were administered. Of these vehicles 12 were stolen and 4 were recovered; 20 were involved in accidents; 25 were written off due to high mileage.

        As from January 1999 scholar transport came into effect for the transportation of learners from disadvantaged rural and farm areas. 37 contractors were appointed. More than 4 400 learners were transported to 54 different schools in the 10 districts.

        • The provision of security service and related payments had been done well.
        • The construction of facilities for the schools proceeded as planned.
        • Under the National School Building programme (NSB) two schools are still under construction.
        • The following facilities have been provided to schools:











        Capital work








        Additions to existing schools














        Joint venture addition to existing schools








        Infrastructural Provision of Sanitation to schools





















        Key: C/R = Classrooms S/ R = Special rooms AD = Administration block R = Renovations

        O = Others, water, electricity and water

        • The renovation of libraries and laboratories using the Policy Reserve Fund was done at Groblersdal, Eerstehoek and KwaMhlanga Districts.
        • Learning Support Materials were purchased and delivered to schools.
        • Stocktaking was conducted in Witbank and Ermelo District Offices and inventories were compiled.
        • In order to have all the assets, which were taken on charge, accounted for, a circular based on asset management file 4/2/11/6/2 was distributed to all the institutions with inventories.
        • In order to have all the assets of the State accounted for, Circular No. 123 of 1999 file 4/2/26/1 was directed to all the outstanding institutions to take stock of all movable assets of the State, so that Head Office could compile inventories for such schools.
        • The Directorate has started taking stock of all fixed assets in order to egister of all such items. This is specifically referring to all government houses.
        • The disposal of unserviceable items as indicated on the table below was handled. Disposal certificate (VA27) were drawn and submissions made to the Treasury.


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        Vaalrivier High School

        R25 805 – 34

        FT5/6/4/7 (579 – 99/2000)

        George Hofmeyer High School

        R21 480 – 00


        • The following companies made the following donations to the department:





        1. Sanlam Insurance cc

        Holmdene School

        Screen Computer

        S/N 842ab11pc245



        2. Sanlam Insurance cc

        Qondulwazi S. School

        Screen Computer

        S/N 23 – GCPPF


        3. Sanlam Insurance cc

        Cija C. School

        Screen Computer

        S/N 82ab11dc246


        4. Sanlam Insurance cc

        Klipport P. School

        Screen computer



        5. Sanlam Insurance cc

        Staneast Circuit

        Screen Computer



        6. Billiton S.A.

        Tholukwazi School



        7. Billiton S.A.

        Retang P.



        8. Billiton S.A.

        Sihluziwe P.



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        • The losses indicated on the table below was incurred by this Department.




        1. Barberton Circuit Office

        Fax S/N9M000267

        R2 500 – 00


        (578/99) 2000

        2. Eerstehoek District


        Fax S/NC5127245

        R2 5000 – 00


        3. Phaphamani Sec. School

        Furniture R1 400 – 00

        FT6/4/7/ (447-99)


        4. Isikhuthazo School

        Furniture R700 - 00

        FT/6/4/7 (449 – 99)


        5. Phaphamani

        Furniture R1 500 – 00


        • Surplus furniture was transferred from Education Head Office to:-
        • Nancy Shiba Primary School
        • J. Canada Primary School
        • Jeremiah Mdaka Primary School
        • Nazareth Combined School
        • Communications Nelspruit Office
        • 24 Redundant typewriters, transferred from Witbank High to Reynopark

        High Witbank.


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        2.3. Personnel Directorate

        1999/2000 OBJECTIVES

        • To ensure that preparations regarding the norms and standards are made, monitored and implemented
        • To meet the challenges brought about by the introduction of the New Public Service Regulation, 1999
        • To manage the Rationalisation and the Redeployment process in terms of the Education Labour Relations Council Resolution
        • To deal with the backlog of legal cases
        • Deal with the challenge of building capacity whilst remaining within the financial resources made available
        • Transform appointed staff in line with the principles of Batho Pele (Service Delivery).

        1999/2000 ACHIEVEMENTS

        • Managers from school level were trained in education and labour laws whilst ensuring that the culture of learning, teaching and service is the order of the day
        • The restructuring organogram is ready for approval which is aimed at providing quality services and which is in line with the National Qualification Framework (NQF)
        • Draft delegations in terms of the New Public Service Regulations are ready for approval
        • A vacancy list for post level one educators aimed at implementing the process of Redeployment and Rationalisation of educators who were declared to be in excess was compiled and distributed to all institutions.
        • The directorate was also able to compile the November 1999 vacancy list advertising principal's posts.
        • The total number of the posts were 111 and 3 887 applications were received, sorted, scheduled and sent out to the schools for the School Governing Bodies’ to conduct interviews.
        • In order to straighten all the records for the purpose of rank promotion the Merit Section succeeded in putting the seniority records on PERSAL.
        • A user friendly Personnel Office Directive on rank promotion, merit award and the granting of 2nd and 3rd notches was developed and implemented.
        • Officials from the Department were able to visit Districts and other educational institutions to capacitate supervisors on the writing of incidents for purposes of rank promotions and the granting of the 2nd and 3rd notches e.g. Malelane, Nelspruit, Witbank, KwaMhlanga, Standerton, Groblersdal as well as Mgwenya and Mlumati Colleges.
        • 591 rank promotions and 84 cases of notch increments were approved and implemented.
        • Manuals on Disciplining (According to Resolution 2 of the PSCBC) were received in September 1999 and distributed to all District and concerned offices. The said manuals place a greater responsibility on all managers at all levels.
        • Two appointments of Personnel Practitioners were made in September 1999.
        • The latest legislation and resolutions have been received and distributed to relevant offices.
        • The misconduct section has been able to finalise several long outstanding cases and 23 Cases are pending.
        • 62 Submissions of transfers/cross transfers were prepared of which 6 were not approved.
        • 8 Submissions of employment contracts for foreign educators were approved.
        • 37 Mostly temporary appointments in non-teaching posts were approved and 20 disapproved.
        • 5 Re-appointments after retirement were approved.
        • 1 Application for employment outside the Public Service was submitted but disapproved.
        • 81 Early retirement applications were approved and 3 disapproved.
        • 4 Submissions with regard to applications for overtime were approved.
        • The directorate issued three circulars in order to address the transfer applications of administrative staff according to Chamber agreements.
        • Capacity building for managers to be able to handle investigations and other forms of discipline was done.

        • The recovery of all retrospective rental, including the deduction of arrear taxation on fringe benefits was done.




        • Finalisation and implementation of a revised organisational structure.

        • Transformation of Personnel Administration services to Human Resource Management services

        • To finalise teacher redeployment.
        • To provide adequate training to Managers at all levels on the Manuals on Disciplining.
        • Training of appointed Practitioners in compliance with the Manuals.
        • To have a system that will enable the component to record all misconduct proceedings.
        • To appoint the charged employee’s manager as employer’s representative at hearings.
        • Procurement of outstanding Resolutions.
        • Training of District officials in investigating misconduct cases.
        • To build capacity by filling key posts whilst taking the restructuring process and the financial constrains into consideration.
        • To ensure that all the advertised principal’s posts are effectively filled.
        • To keep record of all deliberations of interviews as well as misconduct cases to avoid unnecessary disputes.
        • To re-train districts on how to effectively manage the recruitment and selection process.
        • To form a team from school to head office that will deal effectively with the recruitment and selection process.
        • To facilitate the empowerment of principals at schools on the evaluation/ assessment of their non-teaching staff.
        • To recommend the establishment of an Ad Hoc Advisory Committee to finalise all outstanding cases of rank promotion and the granting of the 2nd and 3rd notch increment.
        • To capacitate/train the practitioners at the District level on how to create and update seniority records on PERSAL.
        • To introduce the new Personnel Performance Management System (PPMS) and capacitate managers.



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          1. Transformation Directorate

        1999/2000 OBJECTIVES

        • Enhancement of partnership with business and international committees.

        • Liaising with DFID through the Mpumalanga Primary Schools Initiative (MPSI)

        • Liaising with JICA through the Mpumalanga Secondary Schools Initiative (MSSI)

        • Liaising with CIDA through the South African Teacher Development Project (SATDP)

        • Liaising with FINIDA through the South African Finish Co-operation Programme

        • Managing the Mpumalanga Education Development Trust activities

        • Co-ordination of education projects

        • Liaison with the READ project

        • Liaison with the MASIFUNDE Project

        • Consultation on the alignment of structures for effective co-ordination.

        • Consultations on serious misconduct for learners.


        1999/2000 ACHIEVEMENTS

        • According to an external evaluation report, MPSI has registered substantial improvements in the classroom competence of the target group of Intermediate Phase teachers in the three target Districts.

        • In collaboration with Japanese Aid, nine teachers' centres have been developed, equipped and provided with materials.

        • 40 out of 44 students who started courses (FDE, B Ed, M Ed and D Ed levels) with the Rand Afrikaans University programme in 1998 are expected to complete their courses soon.

        • MPSI has assisted with the development of a comprehensive departmental plan for teacher development in the province.

        • Nine Curriculum Implementers have received intensive training in Japan during a four week period in November-December 1999 .

        • MSSI is ready to kick-start in the first four Districts (Groblersdal, KwaMhlanga, Moretele and Witbank) and will progressively include all ten Districts.

        • Two officers, received a two month-training in Educational Administration and Management in Japan at the beginning of the year, 1999. Four District Managers are in Japan for similar training, extending from February to March 2000.

        • A rally for the READ project was successfully launched in 1999.

        • Alignment of projected objectives and actual activities was done within the PGDS framework.

        • Monthly and quarterly reporting is made for purposes of monitoring progress.

        • The department is successfully running a Canada-South Africa Education Management Programme (CSAEMP)

        • The department participates actively in gender activities.

        • Gender focal persons from Districts have been attending workshops and they have since been able to analyse and draft a Gender Policy document.

        • The process of developing gender sensitive curriculum materials has started.

        • The directorate has participated in the Project Co-ordination Forum, Information Management Committee, Project Co-ordinating Committee (PCC), Planners Forum, Inter-departmental Committee meetings (IDC).



        • The 1999/2000 objectives will be carried out to 2000/2001.

        • The finalising of the proposed Departmental restructuring document.

        • Reviewing the department's strategic focus in keeping with policy directives, the Tirisano Project and the Departmental action plan.

        • Dealing with the concept of mainstreaming gender.

        • Dealing with the implementation of the Employment Equity Act (EEA).

        • Reaching schools in relation to gender implementation issues.

        • Co-management of the Primary School Nutrition programme (PSNP) with the Health Department should be prioritised.


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        3.2. Communications Services

        1999 / 2000 OBJECTIVES

        • To communicate and liase with the general public on Departmental activities.
        • To monitor electronic and print media.
        • To respond to media statements.
        • To advice and keep management informed about media issues and developments that affect the department directly.
        • To strive for a good working relationship with the media.
        • To ensure interaction, information exchange and a continuous dialogue between the department and its internal and external publics.
        • To continue the production of the Departmental newsletter, Mpumalanga Education News.
        • To capacitate communicators with relevant communication skills.
        • To continually to strive for popular community participation.
        • To improve communications technology so as to maximise responsiveness.
        • To provide and receive valid and reliable information as per demand.
        • To strive for a stable and conducive learning, teaching and working environment.
        • To market and promote departmental programmes.


        1999 / 2000 Achievements

        • Media statements have been released regularly.
        • Radio educational programmes and talkshows on topical issues have been conducted and a team consisting of the educational radio producers and departmental officials was formed.
        • The Departmental newsletter, Mpumalanga Education News has been released as expected.
        • Departmental roadshows were conducted successfully.
        • Meetings, roadshows and visits to brief stakeholders about educational developments were successful.
        • Media coverage of departmental events and functions has improved.
        • Participation in the National and Provincial Communications fora and cluster groups has continued well.
        • A summary of educational media statements is circulated to Management regularly.
        • The Community Liaison Unit liaises effectively with communities and has successfully communicated educational matters to the public.


        Objectives and Challenges for 2000 / 2001

        • To adequately staff the communications components.
        • To proactively and reactively respond to media statements.
        • To advice and keep management informed about educational media issues and developments.
        • To strive for a good working relationship with the media.
        • To ensure interaction, information exchange and a continuous dialogue between the department and its internal and external publics.
        • To develop a Departmental Communications Policy and Strategy.
        • To promote and market the Department.
        • To develop a Departmental Public Relations Programme.
        • To provide communicators with relevant basic skills and resources.


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        1999 / 2000 COLTS Campaign

        The COLTS Campaign is co-ordinated by the Communications Section.


        1999 / 2000 Objectives

        • To ensure that the COLTS campaign is driven at all departmental levels.
        • To initiate partnerships with Civil Society.
        • To strive for a safe and conducive teaching and learning environment.
        • To ensure effective and efficient leadership in schools.
        • To motivate learners, educators and school governing bodies.
        • To ensure that schools are provided with the basic resources required for effective learning, teaching and delivery of service.
        • To ensure timeous and quality delivery of educational services.
        • To eradicate Crime in schools.
        • To implement the Arts and Drama Initiative.
        • To implement the Education Charter Campaign
        • To support the Miracles in Education Project

        1999 / 2000 Achievements

        • COLTS campaign committees were formed / revived in districts and schools.
        • Initiatives were undertaken to expose and eradicate crime in schools.
        • Learner Representatives Councils (LRCs) and Teacher Liaison Officers (TLOs) were trained on student leadership.
        • Teacher's Evenings, Roadshows, Radio talkshows and related activities were held to motivate learners and educators.
        • The Miracles in Education project has celebrated achievements done by educators, parents and learners through monthly and annual awards.
        • The Arts and Drama initiative was embarked upon to mobilise communities to be aware of problems facing schools, expose these problems and offer solutions.
        • Mobilisation ensured that learners, educators, parents, the media and departmental officials become aware of the need to restore the culture of learning, teaching and service in schools.
        • Aggressive advocacy like the release of media statements, radio talkshows, pamphlets, paraphernalia, posters, speeches by officials and politicians contributed to the spread of the COLTS campaign message.
        • Academic and prize giving days were held to celebrate successes and motivate educators, learners and parents to work hard.
        • The Provincial COLTS Campaign Festival was a success.
        • Two schools represented the Province at the COLTS Campaign National Festival and Zamokuhle Primary School got position one in the Primary Category.


        Objectives and Challenges for 2000 / 2001

        • The need to translate the campaign into programmes cannot be over emphasised and should be linked to the departmental 5 year plan and the implementation plan for Tirisano.
        • Contractual obligations like the Miracles in Education Project, Creative Arts Initiative, and others should be continued and re-focussed.
        • COLTS Committees should focus on school effectiveness, HIV/AIDS and eradication of crime.
        • To focus on the Arts and Drama Initiative.
        • To redirect the Miracles in Education Project.
        • To motivate and encourage educators, learners and parents.

        To strive towards a safe and conducive teaching, learning and working environment.


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        3.3. Education Management Information Service (EMIS)

        1999 / 2000 Objectives

        • To capture data and information of all education institutions.
        • To render the following functions:
        • 10th Day snap survey.
        • Annual school survey.
        • Post provisioning to all institutions.
        • Creation of gazette of all vacancies at institutions that will be filled.
        • Creation of lists of applications per post per institution to fill posts.
        • Creation of information for the supply of text and prescribed books
        • Creation of a web page for the Department of Education.
        • Creation of an address list of all schools.
        • Develop a resource targeting list of all schools.
        • Develop guideline budgets for all public schools.
        • Develop a Management checklist to determine subsidies for independent schools.

        1999 / 2000 Achievements

        • Representation at GISSA (Geographic Information Systems of South Africa).
        • The unit has also co-operated with census South Africa on the HDI (Human Development Index) project in Mpumalanga.
        • The unit has made relevant information available as per demand.
        • The unit was involved in the UNESCO farm schools project.
        1. / 2001 Objectives and Challenges
        • The following aspects will be researched:
        • Electronic high speed capture
        • Arc-view GIS software program installation and the application of spatial location management information systems.
        • Installation of high resolution plotter.
        • Decentralization of EMIS data capture to all districts.
        • Network online to selected districts - data line.
        • Development of self enhancing program for use by examination registration capture Grade 12.


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        1. Acknowledgements and appreciation

        The Mpumalanga Department of Education wishes to acknowledge and express sincere thanks to all the donors / sponsors who supported the Department in its endeavor to deliver professional and quality education to the people of this Province in particular and the country in general.

        The Department further wishes to congratulate all those who strove for excellence in their various fields of expertise and competencies including the following:

        • Mr Moses Mlombo, the Maths and Science Educator at Sitintile Senior Secondary School, Nelspruit District who won the 1999 Sowetan-Telcom-Protec Maths and Science Teacher of the Year Award

        • Mr Morris Vusumuzi Mothupi an educator at Thomas Nhlabathi High School, Standerton District, who won the 1999 Miracles in Education Teacher of the Year Award

        • Mr David Masilela a member of Thokozani Primary School Governing Body, KwaMhlanga District who won the 1999 Miracles in Education Parent of the Year Award.

        • Zamokuhle Primary School, Standerton District, for obtaining position one in the Primary School category, 1999 COLTS Campaign Provincial Festival.

        • Maqhawe Secondary School, Groblersdal District, for obtaining position one in the Secondary School category, 1999 COLTS Campaign Provincial Festival.

        • Zamokuhle Primary School, Standerton District, for obtaining position one in the Primary School category, 1999 COLTS Campaign National Festival.

        • Ermelo High School, Ermelo District, for best achievement in the 1999 National Orchestra Competition.

        • Ermelo High School, Ermelo District, for excellent performance in the 1999 Grade 12 examinations.

        • Kentucky Fried Chicken

        • Witbank District for excellent performance in the 1999 Grade 12 examinations.

        • The following learners for passing with flying colours in the 1999 Grade 12 examinations:

        • Baecke Paul - Barberton High School

        • Bezuidenhout Daniela Ina - Patriot High School

        • Bolton Christine - General Hertzog High School

        • Boshoff Ernst Theodore - Ermelo High School

        • De Jager Anna Susanna - Reynopark High School

        • Khumalo Xolani Patrick - Mpuluzi High School

        • Lethuba Seale Frederick - KwaMhlanga Senior Secondary School

        • Maakamedi Hendrick Maisela - Dibathuto Senior Secondary School

        • Mare Daniel Rudolf - Reynopark High School

        • Ngobeni Season Phillemon - Ramatshagalala Secondary School

        • Nkosi Absalon Derek - Takheni Senior Secondary School

        • Paquet Irma - Ermelo High School

        • Serfontein Tania - Hoogenhout High School

        • Steenkamp Christina Johanna - Middelburg High School

        • Terblanche Michelle - General Hertzog High School


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        Index of Acronyms


        Adult Basic Education and Training


        Medium Term Expenditure Framework


        Adult Education & Training Association of South Africa


        Ministerial Top Management


        Accumulated Immune Deficiency Syndrome


        Mpumalanga United Schools Sport Association


        Broad Management Meeting


        National Business Initiative


        Broad Transformation Forum


        Non-Governmental Education Organisation


        Continuous Assessment


        National Qualifications Framework


        Center for Education Policy



        Outcomes Based Education



        International Development Agency


        Provincial Government Communication Information


        Curriculum Implementers


        Personnel Performance Management System


        Community Liaison Center


        Pre-Service Training


        Community Liaison Officer


        Project Literacy


        Culture of Learning, Teaching and Service


        Primary School Nutrition Project


        Committee for Teacher Education and Policy


        Representative Council for Learners


        Department for International Development


        Reconstruction and Development Programme


        District Management Team


        South African Book Aid Project


        Early Childhood Development


        South African Council for Educators


        Educational Library and Information


        South African Management Development Institution


        Education Labour Relations Council


        South African Qualifications Authority


        Education Management Development


        Salary Administration System


        Education Management Information System


        South African School Library Association


        Forum for the Advancement of Adult Education


        South African Schools Act


        Further Education and Training


        South African Teacher Development Project


        Finish International Development



        South African Tourism


        General Education and Training


        Sports Coaches Outreach


        Governmental Communication


        Special Educational Needs


        Geographic Information System of South Africa


        Special Educational Project


        Human Development Index


        School Governing Body


        Home Economics Association of South Africa


        Students Representative Council


        Higher Education and Training


        Senior Management Meeting




        Teacher Liaison Officer


        Head of Department


        Senior Primary


        Human Resource Development


        United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation


        Human Resource Management


        Vocational Distance Education Colleges of Education


        In-Service Training




        Joint Enrichment Project




        Japanese Intervention Co-operation Agency




        Learner Representative Council




        Learner Support Material




        Mpumalanga Department of Education




        Mpumalanga Provincial Education and Training Council




        Mpumalanga Primary Schools Initiative




        Mpumalanga Secondary School Initiative




        Management Schools Training Programmes



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