With bells rung and the excitement and fear for the new academic year at fever pitch, ANC deployees in the various departments across the province each attended a different school at the start of the 2017 school year.
Many learners from the schools received surprise gifts from the MECs including school uniform as well as sporting equipment to make sure that pupils have a most productive year.
Some of the comrades in government also got to plant trees at the schools in celebration of the new year as well as putting a focus on the environment and healthy living.
The Premier, Comrade David Makhura alongside MECs for Infrastructure Development and Education, Comrades Jacob Mamabolo and Panyaza Lesufi, led the program respectively.
They started the day at the newly built, state of the art Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela Mandela Primary School in Braamfischerville. The school features e-classrooms, rain harvesting facilities, solar technology, sports fields, shower facilities and state of the art labs and libraries. While speaking on the school Comrade Mamabolo told the parents that the schools that the department builds belong to the community.
“You must safeguard this property. When people are having grievances and have strikes, make sure that the school is not burnt down to the ground. If we don’t watch out, we will lose the beauty of this school by senseless acts of vandalism.” He also used the opportunity to call on all in the Braamfischerville community to take up the #ICareWeCare pledge which ensures those who have signed up vow to protect public infrastructure. But the day belonged to the teachers and the children, with some crying and not wanting to go on with their first day and others too excited about the new school. Comrade Lesufi encouraged all in the school to make use of its facilities. “We don't only need to build new schools, we need to create employment for those that are unemployed. This year, we are opening eight new schools for children with special needs.
Cde David Makhura attending the Grade 7 class at Nomzamo Madikizela Mandela Primary School
Children from the Braamfischerville community who were there to entertain the crowds at the opening of the Nomzamo Madikizela Mandela Primary School.
Gauteng is the best place to study, if you want to come over we are ready for the challenge.”
As the Premier Comrade Makhura spoke about the crisis of success that the province faces, in that the better the province does at delivering services to the people, the more people come to Gauteng and demand more. Comrade Makhura added that the learners who had not yet been placed in a school will be placed as soon as possible – saying he had utmost faith in Comrade Lesufi and his department to find the necessary space.
Other MECs were also deployed to schools in Soshanguve, Bronkhorstspruit, Khutsong and Evaton to name a few. Their message was the same in all instances, that in the year 2017 the matriculants must do well and to wish the grade ones well for the year ahead. Truly a day like this shows the ANC-led government’s commitment to education as an apex priority, toward the bettering of our people’s lives. To the class of 2017, across the grades, we say good luck!
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