BASIC EDUCATION MINISTER TO CONDUCT TWO-DAY OVERSIGHT VISIT IN LIMPOPO

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The Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, will from tomorrow (Wednesday 14 April) conduct a two-day oversight visit to the Limpopo Province to assess progress being made through the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI).The Minister will also engage School Management Teams and School Governing Bodies of identified underperforming schools in the province.The Minister will visit six schools in the Capricorn and Mopani districts.Members of the Media are invited to attend the oversight visits as follows:Day 1 - BotlokwaDate: Wednesday, 14 April 2021Time: 09h00Venue: Makgato Secondary School, Ga Makgato, Seshego, LimpopoNB: The Minister will proceed to Botlokwa High School as well as Mamothibi Primary School following the visit to MakgatoDay 2 – TzaneenDate: Thursday, 15 April 2021Time: 08h00Venue: Charles Mathonsi Secondary School, Nkowankowa, TzaneenNB: The Minister will proceed to Progress Secondary School, Dududu Primary School following the visit to Charles Mathonsi Secondary School.ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION

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MEC BOSHIELO DISTURBED BY RECORDED INCIDENTS OF BULLYING AMONG LEARNERS

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MEDIA STATEMENT 13 April 2021 MEC BOSHIELO DISTURBED BY RECORDED INCIDENTS OF BULLYING AMONG LEARNERS  Limpopo MEC for Education, Polly Boshielo has noted with concern the increasing number of reported bullying incidents in our schools involving our learners.  The department was this morning alerted to a shocking video recording of a female grade 10 learner being slapped around at Mbilwi Secondary School, in the Vhembe East education district.  The incident took place yesterday, 12 April 2021. In the video Other learners can be heard in the background cheering the perpetrator, who is also a grade 10 female learner. The victimized learner is reported to have since passed away, however the cause of death is unknown. The department is awaiting a formal report on the cause from the relevant authorities. The department has also noted another recording of a physical altercation incident involving grade 12 female learners from Nthuba High School making rounds on social media last week Friday. Details of this incident have been requested from the school principal on and due disciplinary processes…

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MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE KWAZULU-NATAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT MEC, MR KWAZI MSHENGU, ON THE RELEASE OF THE INVESTIGATION REPORT RELATING TO THE GRADE 12 BOOT CAMP IN HARRY GWALA DISTRICT.

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13 April 2021Good morning to all of you members of the media and thank you so much for gracing us with your presence to this media briefing.We have convened this briefing to communicate to the public the outcomes of two reports on matters that were also a subject of discussion in the public domain. At that time, we committed to the people of KwaZulu Natal that we will do thorough investigations and report back on the outcomes of such.ON HARRY GWALA MATRIC BOOT CAMPDuring the course of the Grade 12 Boot Camps last year, in preparation for Grade 12 NSC Examinations, disturbing photos of learners cramped in a tent with no masks and toilets that were overflowing with human waste emerged from one of the camps called Boniwe Rehabilitation Centre under Harry Gwala District.On the same day, the department ordered that the camp be closed down and learners moved to another suitable venue. I also directed that Head of Department institutes an investigation on the circumstances that led to the complete…

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Minister Motshekga welcomes newly elected SGBs

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With School Governing Body (SGB) Elections in full swing nationally, Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga, has expressed her gratitude to parents and past members of SGBs for the support given to the Class of 2020 amidst the Covid-19 global pandemic. The Minister also took the opportunity to congratulate the new incumbents and emphasised the important role they play in overall school management.  “I would like to thank you for availing yourselves to serve our children, the country's most important asset. You are faced with the task of stabilising the basic education system under difficult conditions induced by a global health emergency. Public schooling doesn't exist for itself but as a service to communities in the basic education system and ensures optimal delivery of state-funded quality public schooling.” Minister Motshekga added: “The Department of Basic Education (DBE) alone cannot achieve all its targets without the spirit of volunteerism demonstrated by parents and school communities. We depend on parents to support teachers in educating and moulding our young minds into responsible adults.…

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BASIC EDUCATION PRESIDENTIAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT STIMULUS CREATES OVER 300 000 JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND SAVES 22 986 MORE

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The Department of Basic Education has successfully implemented the PresidentialYouth Employment Stimulus which commenced in December 2020.Through the Programme, over 25 950 School Governing Body (SGB) funded posts inpublic and government subsidised independent schools were saved. These postscame under threat due to schools experiencing financial distress, as a result of parentsnot being able to pay school fees, because of the economic devastation of COVID-19.The Basic Education sector created employment opportunities for a total of 319 091Education and General Education Assistants between the ages of 18 and 35 in thecountry.The Programme, whose aim was to use direct public investment to createopportunities for employment and to provide support to workers negatively impactedby the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, comes to an end on 31 March 2021.More than 868 000 applications were received from young people when the initiativewas started. Of the 300 000 successful candidates 200 000 were Education Assistantsand 100 000 were General School Assistants. The Harambee Youth EmploymentAccelerator helped with the recruitment processes in seven of the nine provinces,through the SAYouth.mobi…

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KZN EDUCATION MEC WELCOMES THE SENTENCING OF A LEARNER ACCUSED OF
ASSAULTING A FELLOW LEARNER

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The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Mr Kwazi Mshengu, has welcomed the sentencing of a16 year old female learner who is accused of assaulting a fellow learner from Mathole High Schoolin Mahlabathini in the Zululand District.Following a video footage that circulated on various social media platforms in September 2020showing a female learner severely assaulting a fellow girl learner, the family of the victim openeda case at a local police station in Mahlabathini.The accused learner was charged with assault with intention to cause grievous bodily harm. Shewas released on warning and under the care of the mother since she was only 16 years old.On the 23rd February 2021 she was supposed to appear in court, however she was not present.The parents did not know her whereabouts. The matter was then postponed to the 9th March2021 for an enquiry to be conducted to establish the reasons for her non-attendance.At the enquiry she failed to provide reasons and the Magistrate found her guilty for failing toappear in court and was sentenced to three months imprisonment…

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G.S. PHOI SECONDARY SCHOOL EXCITED ABOUT THE BICYCLES

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Tuesday, 02 March 2021 MEDIA STATEMENT Christmas came too early for the 155 learners of G.S. Phoi Secondary School in Madibogopan Village, when they received a donation of bicycles from Deputy Minister of Department of Transport, Dikeledi Magadzi on Monday, 01 March 2021. The bicycles are part of flagship program by Department of Transport called Shova Kalula bicycle programme; an initiative which is aimed at assisting learners walking long distances to school to access basic education. Learners who stay far away from the school and walking for about 3 to 5 kilometers benefited from the project. Mpotseng Mofokeng, a 21 year old Grade 12 learner from Disiteng Section in Madibogopan could not hide her excitement after receiving the bicycle. "This bicycle came at a right time when I am on my final year at school. I was walking for a long distance to school and I always arrived late in class. Every time l would be very tired at school. Now l would be able to arrive on time at school…

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NW SCHOOL RECEIVES BICYCLES DONATION FROM DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT

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The North West Department is set to receive a gift of 155 bicycles from the Department of Transport’s Deputy Minister, Dikeledi Magadzi to learners of G.S. Phoi Secondary School, a befitting gift to learners who travel long distances of 3-5km by foot to school. The bicycles will be received by MEC for Education in the province, Mmaphefo Matsemela on behalf of the school as follows: Date: Monday, 01 March 2021Time: 11:30 for 12:00Venue: G.S. Phoi Secondary, School, Madibogopan Village. Deputy Minister Magadzi is extending this gesture as of Department of Transport’s Shova Kalula bicycle programme. Members of the media are welcome to cover the proceedings. End. Issued by Media Liaison Unit.For more information, please contact:Elias MalindiSpokesperson072 892 8399/ 072 115 4855

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MINISTER MOTSHEKGA TO LAUNCH SGB ELECTIONS AND WITNESS SIGNING OF SIGNIFICANT MOU

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The Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga will tomorrow, Monday 01 March usher in the 2021 SGB Election cycle with a visit to Abram Hlophe Primary School in Katlehong.The SGB elections are the largest election process outside of the Local Government Elections and take place in all public schools across the country. The importance of this structure in our schools emanates from the important role parents and communities need to play in the education of their children.In addition the Minister will witness the signing of MOU’s between the Competition Commission and SGB Associations which are a culmination of years of investigations and advocacy following complaints received from parents who were forced to buy school uniform from exclusive selected suppliers.Members of the Media are invited to attend the launch of the SGB Elections as follows:Date: Tomorrow, Monday 01 March 2021Venue: Abram Hlophe Primary School, 7334 Malefetsane Street, Moleleki, Katlehong Time: 09h00ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION

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STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ON PROGRESS IN THE NATIONAL EFFORT TO CONTAIN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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28 FEBRUARY 2021 Fellow South Africans, This coming Friday will mark exactly one year since the first case of coronavirus was reported in South Africa. Since then, more than one-and-a-half million people in South Africa have been infected and nearly 50,000 people have been reported to have died from the disease. So much has changed in our country and in our lives. But the spirit of our people has not changed. You have endured the greatest hardships, but you have remained resolute, united and hopeful. Now, a year after the virus first reached our shores, we have a clear path towards containing infections and, ultimately, overcoming the disease. Within less than a year the global scientific community has developed, tested and produced several vaccines that are safe and effective against the disease. South Africa’s scientists and research institutions have made an important contribution to these efforts and have contributed to global knowledge about the disease, including on the emergence of new variants. We have long held the view that a vaccine…

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