Official launch of the Road Safety for pedestrians, Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Scholar Awareness Campaign

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer joined the Ayanda Msweli Foundation and the Transport Education Training Authority in Durban to officially launch the Road Safety for pedestrians, Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Scholar Awareness Campaign to the start of the 2023 Festive Season.

    Venue: TETA Offices - MB House, Overport, Durban.

    Date: 22 December 2023

    Champions Edendale Technical High School

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer congratulates Edendale Technical High School as the New Champions of the 2023 Schools CAF Tournament that was hosted recently in Harare -Zimbabwe.

    Venue: Harare -Zimbabwe

    Date: 18 December 2023

    MEC Frazer Monitors Marking of the 2023 NSC Examinations in the Harry Gwala District

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer visited Ixopo High School today, 14 December 2023, as part of the ongoing monitoring of the marking of the 2023 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations.

    She was accompanied by DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, DDG: Corporate Services, Adv. Bheki Masuku; DDG: Institutional Development Support, Ms Weziwe Hadebe; Chief Director: District Operations, Dr David Chonco as well as other senior officials from the Department.

    Ixopo High Marking Centre has 116 markers who are marking IsiZulu First Additional Language - Paper 1, 2 and 3. They are being assisted by 21 Examinations Assistants.

    "We are grateful for your hard work and dedication to ensuring that each and every script is diligently marked so that all candidates get the marks they deserve”, said MEC Frazer.

    She added that she appreciated the great responsibility that the markers are shouldering.

    "You are carrying the hopes and dreams of thousands of people from different parts of our great Province because every candidate who sat for the examinations wants to pass," said MEC Frazer.

    She further expressed her satisfaction about the progress of the marking process.

    Venue: Ixopo High School

    Date: 14 December 2023

    MEC Frazer Hands Over Contractor for the Construction of the State-of-the-art Corinth Secondary School in the Harry Gwala District

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer handed over a contractor for the construction of the new State-of-the-art Corinth Secondary School today, 14 December 2023, in UMzimkhulu.

    Corinth Secondary School was a mud school constructed by the community in 1970. The school has been affected by storm damages, with the latest being in January 2023, which caused major infrastructural damages.

    Following the January 2023 storm damage to the school, MEC Frazer made a commitment to the community of Corinth to rebuild their secondary school.

    The Department has since worked around the clock towards the construction of the school. While the Department was still undergoing processes for the construction of the new brick-and-mortar school, 10 mobile classrooms were swiftly delivered to ensure that there was no disruption in teaching and learning.

    The construction of Corinth Secondary School is scheduled to run over a period of 10 months. The project will provide 25 employment opportunities for local people, which includes 15 women and 1 person who is living with a disability.

    The project will cost the Department R28.8 Million and the new institution will include 6 new replacement classrooms, 1 administration block, 1 NSNP kitchen, 8 ablution facilities for girls, 8 ablution facilities for boys and 5 staff ablution facilities, 14 car paved parking, 1 Make Shift Netball Court plus a Combo Court, paved assembly area and courtyards, high-security fence, a borehole and elevated tank as well as covered and uncovered walkways.

    “Today I am here to tell the community of Corinth that the use of mobile classrooms will soon be a thing of the past because the construction of the new state-of-the-art Corinth Secondary School will commence on 15 January 2024”, said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer further called on the community to ensure that the project runs smoothly and without any disruptions.

    Venue: Corinth Secondary School

    Date: 14 December 2023

    Monitoring Matric Marking - Physics Scripts - 2023

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo today visited Empangeni High School to monitor the marking process of the Physics paper, that is underway.

    "I am satisfied with the administration of the marking process at Empangeni High School Marking Centre", said HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo.

    Venue: Empangeni High School

    Date: 15 December 2023

    Monitoring Matric Marking 2023

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo yesterday visited Vryheid High, Vryheid Comprehensive, Vryheid Pioneer and James Nxumalo Marking Centres to monitor the marking process.

    "I am satisfied with the administration of the marking process at the Marking Centre", said HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo.

    Venue: Vryheid High, Vryheid Comprehensive, Vryheid Pioneer and James Nxumalo Marking Centres

    Date: 14 December 2023

    3-Day ILembe District Triennial Conference

    The ILembe District held their Triennial Conference to plan for the 2024 Academic Year.

    The "Towards Excellence" themed conference is taking place from 11-13 December 2023 at eBandla hotel, Ballito.

    Welcoming delegates to the conference, Dr Musawenkosi Madondo, District Director, took the time to remind colleagues that the District had adopted a whole school development approach.

    This meant that all institutions within the District, this includes schools, circuits, CMC'S and District performed between 80-100%.

    All subjects to be performed above 80% with languages and LO at 100%.

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo speaking to the delegates on the first day, said, "I encourage officials to work towards the same goal. I also emphasize, that the District should keep improving the trajectory in terms of the NSC Examinations Results, improve on governance as well as ensure that there is a meaningful interface between GET and FET."

    The delegates were then taken through presentations from sub-directorates in the District. The presentations were evident, that the District is hard at work and all officials are committed to achieving effective teaching and learning in schools and an effective functional District.

    Mrs Weziwe Hadebe, Deputy Director General: Institutional Development Support, addressed attendees virtually on the second day.

    "I cannot over emphasize my delight at the fact that you decided on your own to organize a session like this, where everyone gets to grips with the nuances of what needs to be done to take this District and ultimately the Province to the top".

    The engagements after presentations showed that delegates were eager to support and strengthen sub-directorates with solution based commentary.

    Venue: eBandla Hotel, Ballito

    Date: 11-13 December 2023

    3 -Day SA National School Sports Championships (NSSC) Summer Games 2023 hosted at Wits University in the Gauteng Province

    Day 2 - Championships are underway at Kempton Park and WITS University, with Team KZN showing off their sporty talents and skills.

    Venue: Gauteng Province

    Date: 10-12 December 2023

    3-Day SA National School Sports Championships (NSSC) Summer Games 2023 hosted at Wits in the Gauteng Province

    The National Department of Sports, Arts and Culture South Africa in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education, hosted the 2023 NSSC Summer Games in Gauteng.

    The games kicked off well despite the glitch due to the inclement weather not being on our side, which led to other sorts codes being delayed.

    The following sports codes were delayed due to the following reasons, Goalball because of equipment and cricket due to the pitch been wet.

    The games continued well, with teams showing off very well despite the challenges encountered specially with transport.

    Hosting the 2023 edition of Schools Summer Games Championships as part of the SA National School Sports Championships was a huge success.

    The following participating Summer Codes are:

    - Basketball (Mainstream and Wheelchair);
    - Cricket;
    - Gymnastics;
    - Goalball (Blind learners);
    - Rugby 7s;
    - Softball;
    - Table Tennis; (Mainstream and Wheelchair);
    - Morabaraba; and
    - Kgati

    Team KZN together with all 8 other Provinces assembled at different playing venues in their beautiful attires of black and white, being KZN colours.

    The duration of their stay in Gauteng will be over three days, where they'll be competing for their precious Province.

    Meals and water were delivered and served to teams through the coaches and team managers.

    Medical services were also provided, in case of sports injuries.

    Team KZN started great hoping to clinch gold medals.

    Venue: Gauteng Province

    Date: 10-12 December 2023

    Commemoration of World Aids Day and 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Awareness Campaign

    Today, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer in her capacity as the uThukela District Champion as well as the HOD Champion, Mr Siboniso Mbhele held a briefing session ahead of the World Aids Day and 16 Days of Activism for no Violence Against Women and Children Awareness in the uThukela District.

    MEC Frazer, thereafter, conducted a blitz at the Mtshezi Public Transport Facility to raise awareness on Gender Based Violence, Arrive Alive at the start of the Festive Season and people to be aware of their status.

    After her address, MEC Frazer lit a candle ?️ of hope to commemorate World Aids Day.

    Venue : Constituency Office, uThukela District

    Date : 08 December 2023

    KZNDOE Ugu District – Commemorates Thanksgiving and Prayer Day

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Ugu District Director, Mr Sibiya together with the MANCO hosted a Special Thanksgiving and Prayer Ceremony to give thanks for the many mercies and blessings to have the privilege to enjoy during the year.

    District Ugu prayed for the smooth administration of the marking process and for the Matric Candidates who awaits their NSC Examinations Release of Results.

    Ugu District has been achieving a100 percent pass mark since 2019 until 2022 and it's the number one District in the Province.

    Present at the event was the HoD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, MEC of KwaZulu-Natal Treasury, Ms Peggy Nkonyeni, former HoD in KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, Dr Simon Mbokazi, District Chief Operations Directors, Mrs TA Gumede and Dr Chonco, Deputy Director General for Institutional Development and Support, Ms Weziwe Hadebe, Chief Director for Curriculum Management, Mrs Sindi Zakuza-Njakazi and members of Top Management.

    The recent Retirees of the Ugu District Offices were invited to the event and honoured for their hard work, dedication and the strong foundation they laid for the present incumbents.

    The host Mr Sibiya said, "I salute and celebrate every member of the team including all staff past and present that has worked tirelessly over the years to give every learner in the District the best grounding to achieve their maximum potential."

    He further thanked the Senior and Top Management and all the stakeholders for the support and partnership, including GET, FET Officials, Circuit Management and all school principals. He kept on emphasising the importance of communication in the workplace as a tool to overcome all challenges.

    "Being number one in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal is actually not the easiest achievement. It takes a lot of hard work, sweat, determination and focus. It is for this reason, as Head Office we always respect this District," said the HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo.

    Venue : Noel Rowe Sports Centre, Port Shepstone High School, Ugu District

    Date : 07 December 2023

    MEC Frazer met with Major-General Hlongwa of the SANDF

    KwaZulu-Natal Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer met with Major-General Hlongwa of the SANDF today in Pietermaritzburg.

    The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the availability of some non-viable schools for utilisation as military bases in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    Venue: MEC's Boardroom, Anton Lembede Building, 247 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg.

    Date: 07 December 2023

    MEC Frazer attends 2023 Parliament for People with Disability

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer was amongst the MECs who attended and participated in the 2023 People with Disabilities’ Parliament held today, 05 December 2023 in the Amajuba District.

    The main objective of the 2023 People with Disabilities Parliament is to identify mechanisms for ensuring maximum public involvement, especially the involvement of people with disabilities in all developmental programs in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    The 2023 Parliament for People with Disabilities further aimed to give an update on the implementation of resolutions taken in the previous sitting.

    The challenges that were raised previously include the reported lack of suitable facilities for people with disabilities in schools.

    MEC Frazer reported progress on the implementation of resolutions that were taken by the Parliament for People with Disabilities relating to the education sector.

    “Currently, the Department provides education for learners with disabilities in different school settings including special and ordinary schools,” said MEC Frazer.

    She added, “The Department has 76 public Special Schools in 12 Districts, with a total enrolment of 21 137 learners with disabilities such as blindness, deafness, physical disability, autism as well as mild, moderate, severe and profound intellectual disability.”

    Venue: Richview Civic Hall

    Date: 05 December 2023

    MEC Frazer visits Families of Matriculants who tragically lost their lives in a car accident

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, along with the HOD for Education, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo; DDG for Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr
    Mbongiseni Mazibuko, as well as other senior officials from the Department today visited the families of the learners who tragically lost their lives in a recent motor vehicle accident in the Amajuba District.

    Upon receiving reports about the accident, MEC Frazer promptly sent a delegation of senior officials to all affected families. Today, she visited the bereaved families to convey her condolences.

    MEC Frazer and her delegation first went to Mnyanande Secondary School to meet with the educators where she expressed her understanding of the profound pain they are experiencing.

    She further acknowledged that these educators had invested a lot and many years in shaping the perished learners for a brighter future.

    The three learners who passed away - Thandokuhle Khumalo (19), Luyanda Vilakazi (18) and Anele Majola (18) - were described by their educators as dedicated individuals with tremendous potential for success.

    During her meeting with the bereaved families, MEC Frazer empathised with them, emphasising that no parent ever wishes to bury their child. She said that parents always envision a bright future when looking at their children.

    "Tragedies like these are always difficult on us in the Department because we share a common goal with their parents and educators - the aspiration to witness all our learners prosper in life, because we know that they are the future of this country. We want to, once again, extend our heartfelt condolences to their loved ones, educators, and fellow learners," said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer further requested all stakeholders in the community of Ntendeka and the rest of the Amajuba District to kindly support the bereaved families during this difficult time.

    Venue: Mnyanande Secondary School and learners homes in Ntendeka - Amajuba District.

    Date: 05 December 2023

    MEC Frazer visits Families of Matriculants who tragically lost their lives in a car accident 

    Mbambangwe High School gets a Science Laboratory Sponsored by Sapref for Top Results

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Mbambangwe High School recently launched a Science Laboratory, a project sponsored by Sapref a chemical company based in Durban.

    The team was led by Sapref Managing Director, Mr Rodney Youldon, who confirmed that Mbambangwe High School was one of 21 schools that was identified as an under resourced school, that was producing good results and his company was compelled to favour the school with a state-of-the-art Science Laboratory.

    This project will assist science stream learners to couple theoretical work with practical work both in Physical Sciences and Life Sciences and this will surely improve their performance in these subjects thus improving school results in all Grades, but specifically in the Matric Examinations Results.

    This historic official opening was graced by the presence of the DOE uMlazi District Director, Mrs Busi Mahlambi, Mr Lucky Mthetho from the Office of the DDG-KZN DOE, Mr Myeni from the Office of the MEC, DOE, Mr Mthoko Mzobe from KwaThoyano Traditional Council who was representing Inkosi Hlengwa who couldn't attend due to ill health, Local Izinduna, SGB members and 5 top students from Mbambangwe High School.

    The school had an unpleasant history, which almost led to its closure, because learners were embroiled in thuggery, gangsterism, smoking and no culture of learning and teaching.

    Teachers were disempowered, unmotivated and that led to the school achieving a 23% pass rate in the 2015 Matric Examinations.

    With the arrival of Mr Xulu as the new principal of the school in 2016 the situation changed under his command and the school started a turnaround, clocking a 92% pass rate in last year's Matric Examinations.

    In his address, the Principal, Mr Xulu pledged to achieve a 100% Matric Examinations pass in the 2024 Academic Year with the launch of this new school laboratory.

    He urged the Department of Education to grant Mbambangwe High School a Smart School Status and that more classes be built as the enrolment of learners attending is increasing immensely.

    The event was historic and learners were very much excited with the school RCL President, Learner Ntandoyenkosi, who delivered a resounding speech that captured the audience with rapt attention.

    Venue: Mbambangwe High School, uMlazi District

    Date: 05 December 2023

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    Lead Educators Recognition Event - uMlazi District

    The purpose of this august event was to honour, recognize and award the Lead Teachers for their sterling job and their great contribution made through out the 2023 Academic Year.

    Venue: Northlands Primary School,
    uMlazi District

    Date: 01 December 2023

    UMlazi District 16 Days of Activism 2023 Commemoration

    The 16 days of Activism against Gender-based Violence is an annual International Campaign that runs from 25 November until 10 December. This year's theme is '“Accelerating actions to end gender-based violence & femicide: leaving no one behind”

    The 16 Days Campaign focuses on raising awareness to the devastating impact that gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) has on women and children, and the social fabric of our society.

    The purpose is to celebrate and appreciate the driving forces of the world and to promote the 16 Days of Activism Campaign against Women and Children abuse in our society.

    "We need to support, nurture, care and love each other, let us lift each other. We all have been through difficult situations but we always remain strong and held our heads up," says UMlazi District Director, Mrs Busi Mahlambi.

    Mrs TA Gumede, the District Operations Manager, in the Department was the guest speaker and delivered a message of support.

    "Ladies we spend most of our time at work, it is important that we become each other's sisters keepers, let's be there for each other emotionally and physically. We go through different and difficult situations outside of work, let's be kind to one another," said Mrs TA Gumede.

    WATHINTA ABAFAZI WATHINTA IMBOKODO!

    Venue : Westpark Primary School, UMlazi District.

    Date : 04 December 2023

    MEC Frazer Visits Inmates Engaged in Educational Programmes at Durban Correctional Service Centre

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer commemorated World AIDS Day with inmates who are currently enrolled in Usethubeni School in Durban Correctional Services Facility today, 1 December 2023.

    Usethubeni School obtained a 100% pass rate, with bachelor passes in 2022.

    Of the 20 inmates who passed matric in 2022, 10 of them are now to enrolled in institutions of higher learning as they continue to further their studies.

    The Regional Commissioner for KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Mnikelwa Nxele expressed his gratitude for the continuous support and the good relations between the Department of Correctional Services in the Province and KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education.

    The partnership between these Departments has made it possible for learners enrolled in schools and other educational programmes within correctional services facilities to succeed.

    Learners at Usethubeni School had the opportunity to engage with MEC Frazer and raised their concerns about some of the challenges they are experiencing.

    They made a request to MEC Frazer to intervene and assist because their school has been experiencing a shortage of resources.

    MEC Frazer committed to assist learners by donating stationery in January 2023.

    She has also established a team comprising of senior officials from both the Department of Correctional Services and KZNDOE that will attend to all issues that are negatively affecting the schools and other educational programmes within the Correctional Services Facilities.

    Inmates were motivated to check their HIV status so that they can be assisted by the health care facility within the Correctional Services Centre should they need help.

    “Today is the World AIDS Day and we are here to tell you that no one must die because of HIV/AIDS. If your HIV status is negative, continue with prevention measures and if your HIV/AIDS status is positive, the health care facilities will give you all the necessary support you need,” said MEC Frazer.

    She also encouraged inmates to protect each other against all forms of abuse.

    Furthermore, she expressed gratitude to the educators and correctional services officials for the role they play to rehabilitate offenders.

    “Educators face various challenges in schools outside of correctional services facilities so I know it’s even more challenging to be an educator in a school with these facilities because we understand that the learners you teach here are for a reason and you have to accommodate that," added MEC Frazer.

    She later donated toys to the children of the inmates who are currently living with their mothers inside the Durban Correctional Services Centre.

    Venue: Durban Correctional Services Centre, in Westville

    Date: 01 December 2023

    Planning Meeting (Dry Run) for MEC Mbali Frazer’s Visit to the Westville Correctional Services Facility

    The Head of Communications, Mr Muzi Mahlambi led the Communication Team to a planning meeting with the Management Team of the Westville Correctional Services Facility to facilitate KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer's scheduled visit at the Westville Correctional Services Facility, tomorrow, Friday, 01 December 2023 to engage with the inmates on the importance of education.

    The MEC is also going to meet with those Matric Candidates who sat for the 2023 NSC Examinations.

    Venue : Westville Correctional Services, Durban

    Date : 30 November 2023

    Operation Sukuma Sakhe OSS/DDM Cabinet Day in the Harry Gwala District - Glengarry Primary School

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo visited Glengarry Primary School today, 29 November 2023.

    The purpose of the visit was to monitor the newly built school with 17 classrooms, 2 multi halls, library, kitchen and computer lab. The Schools enrolment is 840 Learners for the 2023 Academic Year, with 26 teachers. The school has its own ECD Centre with 28 learners.

    Venue : Glengarry Primary School, Harry Gwala District.

    Date : 29 November 2023

    Operation Sukuma Sakhe / DDM Cabinet Day in Harry Gwala District: Briefing Session and walkabout at Mlozana JS School

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together with HOD for Transport, Mr Siboniso Mbhele and officials from all departments were briefed from Ward 11 Councillor, Mr Mphakathi about service delivery issues that are affecting the community of Ibisi, today in Mlozana Junior Secondary School.

    The session further allowed for responses from responsible departments.

    MEC Frazer and the team thereafter conducted a walkabout around the premises of Mlozana JS School.

    The School suffered severe damages due to 2019 floods. The KZN Department of Education introduced a contractor for the repairs of the school in February 2023 and the project is expected to complete in March 2024.

    Although there were reported challenges in the project which include delayed payments for employees, reported lack of finances by the contractor as well as the fact that some work needs to be done while educators and learners are not in the premises, MEC Frazer and the team were satisfied about the progress.

    “I’m satisfied with the progress so far, and addition to the ongoing repairs, the school fence will be prioritised because safety is always important in our schools”, said MEC Frazer.

    Venue: Mlozana Junior Secondary School, in Umzimkhulu Local Municipality

    Date: 29 November 2023

    2-Day Engagement on Effective Curriculum Delivery in the GET Band

    Day 2- The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education in partnership with PILO, hosted the second day engagement based on Effective Curriculum Delivery in the GET Band.

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Head of Department (HOD), Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, addressed the Engagement Workshop.

    Speaking to the delegates, the HOD acknowledged the partnership with PILO is now stronger than before. "When we were engaging on strategic planning, we prioritized General Education and Training (GET), and today it gives me pleasure to address the gathering of this nature," said the HOD.

    The HOD further accentuated the importance of teaching learners concepts and numeracy as early as in Grade 1 as this will assist them to perform well at High School Level.

    The HOD concluded by outlining that the Department is working to synergise the GET and FET Bands by making sure that educators in the GET Band are made part of the success of their learners when they are in the FET Band.

    This exciting session was driven by Mr Tom Sokhela who directed programmes related to:

    Monitoring of implementation; and

    Embedding Pilot and External Programmes.

    During this engagement, The DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko paved the way forward following presentations on topics that were discussed during commissions.

    The DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko thanked PILO for ensuring that the vision of the Department is achieved by supporting the GET Band.

    "We are targeting planning in order to turn rich ideas into smart action plans. This is how we are going to start our New Academic Year 2024," said the DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko.

    He further outlined the importance of developing educators. "We must work very hard in capacitating educators teaching at Foundation Phase to be specialists in their field."

    Venue: eBandla hotel and conference Centre, Ballito

    Date: 23 - 24 November 2023

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    Monitoring the Matric Class of 2023 Examinations - IsiZulu Paper

    Today, the Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo visited Thongwana Secondary School in Mkhanyakude District to monitor the examinations and to assess the state of infrastructure and resources in the school.

    Thongwana Secondary School is the biggest NSC Examinations Centre in the country with 754 full-time candidates, all writing IsiZulu today.

    Thongwana Secondary School, being the biggest Matric Examination Centre in the country has a total learner enrolment of 3 131 with 754 Matriculants and 1 382 Grade 11's this year.

    The school is again working towards achieving more than a 90% pass rate in the 2023 NSC Examinations.

    In spite of the big numbers, this school has consistently produced no less than 95% pass rate every year.

    To ensure tight security and an incident free examination, three resident monitors have been deployed to the Centre.

    Venue: Thongwana Secondary School.

    Date: 27 November 2023

    2-Day Engagement on Effective Curriculum Delivery in the GET Band

    Day 1 - The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education in partnership with PILO held an engagement based on Effective Curriculum Delivery in the GET Band.

    The purpose of the engagement is to afford key stakeholders in the KZN Department of Education an opportunity to:

    ●Reflect on key curriculum delivery challenges facing the GET Band;

    ●Explore opportunities within the system to enhance Curriculum Delivery in the GET Band;

    ●Identify implementable measures to overcome the challenges;

    ●Share lessons and experiences between GET and FET to enhance Curriculum Delivery; and

    ●Consider ways of institutionalising / embedding good Curriculum Delivery practices from pilot and external programmes.

    In the first session presentations on challenging issues in the GET Band, which includes Language of Teaching and Learning in GET Band, Teaching language and reading in GET Band, Enhancing teaching of Mathematics in GET Band, Supporting Grades 8 and 9 within GET Band.

    Teaching and Assessment for learning in GET Band, Strengthening summative assessment to ensure standardized assessment in GET Band, Lessons from pilot and external programmes in GET Band and Teacher support development in relation to QMS

    Venue: eBandla hotel and conference Centre, Ballito

    Date: 23 - 24 November 2023

    Awards Ceremony 2023 and Farewell Year-End-Party

    Ms Nondu Sibiya, a Grade 3 Teacher at Qalakahle Primary School held a Farewell Year-end- Party and an Awards Ceremony for her studious Learners.

    As the festive season is soon approaching, she had prepared snacks and party packs for learners, who were extremely excited.

    The Top 10 Learners received Medals and Certificates and the Top 3 received Trophies.

    In her wisdom, she didn't leave behind, the other learners who also were rewarded with Certificates.

    Her strategy was to motivate the learners to continue to excell in their academic school work, as they are going to a higher Grade in 2024.

    Venue: Qalakahle Primary School, Hluhluwe Circuit, Umkhanyakude District.

    Date: 22 November 2023

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    Retiree Reunion 2023 - Former Officials from the KZN Department of Education

    Former KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education officials from the Pinetown and UMlazi Districts stationed at Truro House met for lunch to reminisce and touch base.

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer wishes them a happy retirement and a good healthy life.

    Venue: Durban

    Date: 22 November 2023

    Zero Tolerance on School Bullying - MEC Frazer

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer has directed the District Director and Circuit Manager of the King Cetshwayo District to investigate an alleged case of school bullying at Mpephose Secondary School in the King Cetshwayo District.

    "We have a Zero Tolerance Policy on School Bullying", said MEC Frazer.

    Date: 19 November 2023

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    MEC Frazer Monitoring the 2023 NSC Final Examinations - UMgungundlovu District

    The MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Mbali Fraser monitored the 2023 NSC Final Examinations at Mpophomeni Secondary School and Asibemunye High Schools.

    Today a total of 101 050 candidates are expected to write Life Sciences P1 - morning session.

    Venue: Mpophomeni and Asibemunye Secondary Schools, Umgungundlovu District

    Date: 17 November 2023

    Monitoring the 2023 NSC Final Examinations - Uthukela District

    KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's DDG: Corporate Services and Management, Adv Bheki Masuku monitored the 2023 NSC Final Examinations at Sarel Cilliers High School.

    Today the Matric Candidates are writing Accounting P1 - morning session.

    Venue: Sarel Celliers High School, uThukela District

    Date: 16 November 2023

    Top Management Met with the Directorate: Communications

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Top Management met with the Communications Directorate today to discuss the 2024 artwork for the Department's promotional material for the 2024 Academic Year.

    The Director of Communication, Mr Muzi Mahlambi together with his team presented the artwork for the upcoming Department’s Billboards, Calendar and Diaries, which was well received by Top Management.

    Venue: Dokkies, Boardroom 321 ZK Mathews Rd, Umbilo, Durban.

    Date: 14 November 2023

    MEC Frazer held a meeting with Teacher Union PSA

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together with the Top Management, led by HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, met with the KZN Provincial Leadership of PSA today, 14 November 2023, at Dokkies in Durban.

    The meeting was convened as part of a series of engagements between MEC Frazer and all stakeholders within the Education Sector.

    These engagements are meant to strengthen working relations between the Department and stakeholders.

    During today's meeting, the Department tabled plans to address the current challenges, including plans for the transfer of funds to affected schools, payment of 1.5% pay progression, increment for the Grade R Practitioners as well as the progress towards converting 500 Grade R practitioners to permanent status.

    PSA was also taken into confidence that the Department is working tirelessly to improve the working environment so that it’s conducive for all the employees of the KZN Department of Education.

    The leadership of PSA further committed to take up the issues that are meant to be addressed by National Government to the national negotiation platform so that they garner the attention of the relevant authorities.

    Both MEC Frazer and PSA Leadership expressed satisfaction about the nature of the engagements.

    Your input and feedback are essential for us to make informed decisions that benefit both the education sector and the dedicated individuals who contribute to its success, said MEC Frazer.

    Venue Dokkies, Boardroom 321 ZK Mathews Rd, Umbilo, Durban.

    Date 14 November 2023

    MEC Frazer held a meeting with Teacher Union NEHAWU

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together with the Top Management led by HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo met with the KZN provincial Leadership of NEHAWU today 14 November 2023 at Dokkies, in Durban.

    MEC Frazer convened this meeting as one of her series of engagements with stakeholders within the Education Sector.

    The aim of these meetings is to improve relations with all stakeholders and discuss the challenges that are affecting the sector.

    The Department tabled plans to address the current challenges, including plans for the transfer of funds to affected schools, payment of 1.5% pay progressions, increment for the Grade R Practitioners as well as the progress towards converting the 500 Grade R Practitioners.

    NEHAWU leadership appreciated the opportunity and expressed, that the meeting was long overdue.

    MEC Frazer expressed her gratitude for the high level of engagement and frankness of NEHAWU, when they raised issues in the best interest of the Education Sector.

    Venue: Boardroom, Dokkies, 321 ZK Mathews Rd, Umbilo.

    Date: 14 November 2023

    Global Teacher Award Education 2023

    Teacher, Miss Nokubonga Gloria Nkosi from Pongola in the Zululand District, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education is currently specialising in teaching with Computer Application Technology and Mathematics at Esiphondweni Secondary School in Jozini-uMkhanyakude District.

    She has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious Global Teacher Award 2023, for her outstanding contributions to education.

    Miss Nokubonga Gloria Nkosi has not gone unnoticed, and Global Teacher Award 2023 (AKS) was thrilled to honour her dedication and commitment in the field of education.

    In recognition of her remarkable achievements, Global Teacher Award 2023 (AKS) invited Miss Nokubonga Gloria Nkosi to a Grand 2-day Awards Ceremony.

    The Global Education Fest 2023 presented her with the Global Teacher Award among other awardees.

    This prestigious event took place during the 4th and 5th of November 2023 in India, New Delhi, and it promises to be an inspiring gathering of educators from around the world who shared a passion for shaping the future of education.

    Venue: India, New Delhi.

    Date: 4th to 5th of November 2023

    MEC Frazer met with Teacher Unions NAPTOSA and SAOU

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together with the Top Management, led by the HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, held a meeting with Teacher Unions NAPTOSA and SAOU today, 09 November 2023 at Dokkies, in Durban.

    This comes after MEC Frazer took a decision to engage teacher unions about the challenges that are facing the education sector and collaborate in crafting a way forward.

    MEC Frazer tabled plans for the Department and further welcomed contributions from the teacher unions so that their input could be incorporated in the plans for the way forward.

    NAPTOSA and SAOU expressed satisfaction on the reported progress on the transfers of funds to schools as well as the payment of the 1.5% pay progression, which will be released on the 15th of November 2023 and 15th of December 2023, respectively.

    Venue: Boardroom, Dokkies, 321 ZK Mathews Rd, Umbilo in Durban.

    Date: 09 November 2023

    MEC Frazer met with Teacher Union NATU

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together with the HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo and Top Management of the Department held a meeting with the Leadership of NATU at Dokkies in Durban today.

    The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the programmes of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education and to outline plans that are already underway to address the challenges currently faced by the education sector.

    Amongst the issues discussed was the financial constraints and its impact on the ability of the Department to execute its core function and the related responsibilities.

    MEC Frazer informed the Leadership of NATU that subsequent to last week’s announcement by the Finance Minister, Mr Enoch Godongwana, where he made a commitment that the KZN Department of Education will be amongst those that will receive the adjusted budget allocation, the Department is currently processing payments that are due to employees and to schools.

    “The Department is currently processing transfers to schools, which will be released on the 15th of November 2023. The Department is also actively working on processing the 1.5% pay progression payment. All eligible employees should receive their payments on the 15th of December 2023”, said MEC Frazer.

    NATU Leadership expressed appreciation for the presentations from the Department and the level of engagement during the meeting.

    Venue: Boardroom, Dokkies, 321 ZK Mathews Rd, Umbilo.

    Date: 07 November 2023

    Day 7 - Monitoring of the Matric NSC Examinations 2023 - King Cetshwayo District

    The KZNDOE’s Deputy Director-General: Corporate Services, Adv. Bheki Masuku together with the King Cetshwayo Education District Director, Mrs Welile Nzama, and Departmental Officials monitored the 2023 NSC Final Examinations today at Ikhandlela Secondary School, Hlamvana Senior Secondary School and Mdlamfe High School in the King Cetshwayo District.

    Today, the Matric Candidates are writing in the morning session; isiZulu, isiXhosa, Siswati, isiNdebele HL P1 (2hrs) FAL P1 (2hrs) SAL P1 (2hrs) South African Sign Language HL P1 (2hrs)

    Afternoon session; Economics P2 (2hrs).

    Venue: King Cetshwayo

    Date: 07 November 2023

    Day 6 - NSC Examinations, Class of 2023, Zululand District

    The DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko visited James Nxumalo Agricultural High School to monitor the Matric Examinations.

    Venue: James Nxumalo Agricultural High School in the Zululand District.

    Date: 06 November 2023

    MEC Frazer meets Teacher Union SADTU to discuss issues raised in their Memorandum

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, together with the Department’s Top Management, led by the HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, met with SADTU’s Provincial Leadership at Dokkies, in Durban, today.

    The engagement is a follow-up to the Department’s recent response to SADTU’s Memorandum of demands that was handed over to MEC Frazer and Mr Ngcobo last month.

    This comes after SADTU KZN had opted to have a March to the KZN DOE and submitted a Memorandum of demands relating to the issues affecting the education sector in KwaZulu-Natal.

    During today’s engagement, SADTU expressed appreciation for the timeous response by the Department to their Memorandum.

    However, the Union said the Department’s responses did not meet its satisfaction.

    During the meeting engagement, clarity was afforded to SADTU on the matters, where the Union was not satisfied.

    In addition, the
    Department provided details on its current financial situation.

    MEC Frazer explained that the Department has been in constant engagement with the Provincial and National Treasury with the aim of finding a solutions to the financial challenges, which have negatively impacted the education sector in the Province.

    “We have received a confirmation letter of allocation of an adjusted budget to our Department, even before the SADTU march. We are now undergoing processes to distribute the funds to the schools as well as for the payment of 1.5% pay progression,” said MEC Frazer.

    Venue: Dokkies, Durban

    Date: 06 November 2023

    Day 6 - NSC Examinations - MEC Frazer monitored the Matric Examinations at Sivananda Technical High School

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer visited Sivananda Technical High School in the Pinetown District to monitor the NSC Examinations today, 06 November 2023.

    The National Senior Certificate Candidates wrote Paper 1 of Mathematics, Maths Literacy and Technical Maths this morning.

    MEC Frazer expressed her satisfaction on the smooth progress of the Matric Examinations process since the beginning of the 2023 NSC Examinations on 30 October 2023.

    Venue: Sivananda Technical High School, in Pinetown District

    Date: 06 November 2023

    MEC Frazer slams the Vandalism of Tinley Manor Primary School

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, is concerned that schools are becoming soft targets for criminals.

    She was speaking during her assessment of the damage caused by thieves at the Tinley Manor Primary School, under the iLembe District, today, 04 November 2023.

    The school has been broken into twice in a span of one week with the latest being on Friday evening.

    On Wednesday the thieves entered through the roof and stole valuable equipment as well as trophies.

    On Friday the stolen items included the ink for printers, PA system as well as money from the school tuckshop.

    Three people have been arrested in connection with both incidents.

    The police were also able to recover some of the stolen items from one of the homes neighbouring the school.

    MEC Frazer committed that the KZN Department of Education will provide the school with new fencing.

    She added that the school will be soon getting its norms and standards which will assist the management strengthen the necessary security features.

    "It's very concerning that our schools are now becoming soft targets for criminals. We are calling on communities to protect schools in their area. They must work with law enforcement agencies to stop the thugs who think they can turn our schools into their criminal playground," said MEC Frazer.

    Venue: Tinley Manor Primary School, iLembe District

    Date: 04 November 2023

    Day 5 of the Matric NSC Examinations 2023 - ML Glencoe Secondary School

    The KZNDOE’s DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko visited ML Glencoe Secondary School in the uMzinyathi District to monitor the Matric Examinations.

    Today, the Matric Candidates are writing Mathematics P1, Mathematical Literacy P1 and Technical Mathematics.

    Venue: ML Glencoe Secondary School.

    Date: 03 November 2023

    Day 5 of the Matric NSC Examinations 2023 - Sebenzakusakhanya High School

    The KZNDOE’s DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko visited Sebenzakusakhanya High School in the uMzinyathi District to monitor the Matric Examinations.

    Today, the Matric Candidates are writing Mathematics P1, Mathematical Literacy P1 and Technical Mathematics.

    Venue: Sebenzakusakhanya High School.

    Date: 03 November 2023

    Day 5 of the Matric NSC Examinations 2023 - Sarel Celliers High School

    The KZNDOE’s DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko visited Sarel Cilliers High School in the uMzinyathi District to monitor the Matric Examinations.

    Today, the Matric Candidates are writing Mathematics P1, Mathematical Literacy P1 and Technical Mathematics.

    Venue: Sarel Celliers High School.

    Date: 03 November 2023

    Operation Sukuma Sakhe or District Development Model

    Operation Sukuma Sakhe or District Development Model - MEC Mr KK Nkosi and HOD Champion Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo visited Ward 31 in Umhlathunze Municipality under the King Cetshwayo District during the OSS programme.

    The projects visited by MEC Mr KK Nkosi and the Education HOD and Champion, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo were the two projects, namely, Confluence Farm and Concur Piggery Farm, that are being funded by DARD.

    The owners of the Confluence Farm is Mr Mpanza and Concur Piggery Farm is Mr R Mbuyazi.

    He shared the profile of the Ward with the challenges that are being faced in the Ward:

    * Three schools needs infrastructure improvement;

    * RDP houses are incomplete;

    * High crime;

    * High abuse of drugs;

    * High rate of pregnancy;

    * House breaking;

    * Tribal wars;

    * No Dumping site;

    * Security needed in schools;

    * Clinic in need;

    * Fixing of bore hole;

    * Road needs repairs;

    * No safety security policing forum;

    * Encourage of one home one garden; and

    * The need to create work project

    Operation Sukuma Sakhe or District Development Model - MEC Frazer visits Ntuze Clinic during OSS Programme

    KZN MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together with Transport HOD Mr Siboniso Mbhele received a briefing about operations of Ntuze Clinic today, 1 November 2023.

    Ntuze Clinic was the first government project visited by MEC Frazer and her team today as part of Operation Sukuma Sakhe or District Development Model.

    During the assessment, MEC Frazer was told that the facility is fully operational and is able to help the local community.

    Stakeholders who attended the briefing session raised concerns about the issue of malnutrition and high rate of teenage pregnancy in the area. They requested MEC Frazer to coordinate relevant departments to intervene.

    MEC Frazer agreed that as much as teenage pregnancy is a societal issue, government has to do something to help teenagers to overcome this challenge.

    “We will have to bring trained personnel to raise awareness to our youth and educate them about prevention. On the issue of malnutrition, Department of Social Development will have to come in before we lose lives,” said MEC Frazer

    Venue: Ntuze Clinic, in King Cetshwayo District

    Date: 01 November 2023

    MEC Frazer monitors 2023 NSC Examination preparation session in Zenzeleni MaShamase High School

    KZN MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer visited Zenzeleni MaShamase High School to monitor the ongoing examinations preparation sessions for the Matric Class of 2023.

    She expressed her satisfaction about the efforts made by NSC Candidates to ensure that they pass their examinations.

    She further took the opportunity and motivated Matriculants, telling them that their hard work will pay off in the near future.

    “You are writing exams for yourselves and your families, you need to make us proud. When you go to institutions of higher learning, do not fear the fields with scarce skills” said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer also assessed the kitchen where food is being stored and cooked for learners under NSNP and she was satisfied with the condition of the food that was already cooked for the NSNP beneficiary learners.

    Venue: Zenzeleni MaShamase High School

    Date: 01 November 2023

    Day 2 - MEC Frazer Monitoring of Matric Examinations 2023

    MEC Frazer monitor 2023 NSC Exams in Weenen Combined School in uThukela District

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, today monitored the 2023 NSC examinations in Weenen Combined School in uThukela District.

    Today is the second day of 2023 NSC Examinations session.

    MEC Frazer is satisfied with the progress of the exams. She also expressed her happiness that there are no incidents reported to be disrupting the exams across the Province.

    Venue: Weenen Combined School, in uThukela District

    Date: 31 October 2023

    Time: 08H00

    MEC Frazer encourages community of rural Ngodini to participate in farming

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer and HOD for Transport, Mr Siboniso Mbhele conducted a planting demonstration at Sokhela Farm, in Weenen, as part of the launch of the 2023 uThukela District Planting Season today.

    The launch is part of the Provincial Government's programme aimed at encouraging communities across KwaZulu-Natal to participate in farming and use land to produce food for their families and generate income.

    MEC Frazer later went to Ngodini Sports Field for a community engagement where she delved into the challenges affecting residents from different parts of uThukela District and the kind of assistance they need in order to start participating in farming.

    During her engagement with community, she told them that the world is going through serious economic challenges and that it is important to use land to produce food for a living and to generate income.

    “We have too many farming skills that we are not using. It is important to revive these skills and start distributing them to those who need them. These skills must be kept alive and be passed to future generations," said MEC Frazer.

    The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, through Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, is assisting farmers and families who are participating in farming as well as those who wish to start planting their food.

    MEC Frazer also handed over blankets to elderly people as well as garden tools to identified households. She also gave seeds to farmers who had requested support from government.

    Venue: Ngodini Sports Field, in Weenen, uThukela District

    Date: 31 October 2023

    Day 2 - MEC Frazer Monitoring of Matric Examinations 2023

    MEC Frazer monitor 2023 NSC Exams in Weenen Combined School in uThukela District

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, today monitored the 2023 NSC examinations in Weenen Combined School in uThukela District.

    Today is the second day of 2023 NSC Examinations session.

    MEC Frazer is satisfied with the progress of the exams. She also expressed her happiness that there are no incidents reported to be disrupting the exams across the Province.

    Venue: Weenen Combined School, in uThukela District

    Date: 31 October 2023

    Time: 08H00

    2-Day Joint Application Development (JAD)

    2-Day Joint Application Development (JAD) Session working on the 2024 Online Admission Application for Mbuso Kubheka School of Engineering and Technology

    The Task Team of the Online Admissions Systems met for a Configuration Session with the purpose of customisation, configuration, setup and testing of the Online Admissions System.

    The Task Team were invited to make technical contributions, which will take place over 2-days at the Garden Court in Umhlanga.

    2024 Online Admission Application will cater for Grade 8 Learners only.

    Venue: Boardroom, Garden Court in Umhlanga

    Date: 30 - 31 October 2023

    Day 1 of the 2023 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations

    The Deputy Minister of the Department of Basic Education, Dr Reginah Mhaule, KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube and the KZN MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together gave support and wished the Class of 2023 well and the best of luck as they start writing the 2023 Final National Senior Certificate Examinations first subject, English Paper 1 today. #NSC2023.

    Also joining the executive entourage was the uMlazi District Director, Ms Busi Mahlambi.

    Venue: Umlazi ComTech, uMlazi District.

    Date: 30 October 2023

    NSC Examinations Provincial Prayer 2023

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer attended a Matric Prayer hosted by the EThekwini Community Church on the eve of a significant moment in the lives of nearly 194 000 Grade 12 Learners in our beloved Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    The purpose of this prayer is to seek divine guidance, strength, and spiritual support as the Matriculants prepare to embark on their 2023 Final Examinations, which officially starts tomorrow with English Paper 1 in the morning session and Eastern Languages in the afternoon session.

    During MEC Frazer’s address to the Matric Learners at the Church, she said, "Have faith, our dear learners, for God is with you, and all of us are with you. You have the power to overcome any challenge, including these exams, with hard work, prayer, support and determination."

    Venue: EThekwini Community Church, Durban

    Date: 29 October 2023

    UMlazi District 2023 Matric Examinations Prayer

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's UMlazi District hosted a Matric Prayer Meeting to invoke the divine to spiritually guide our Grade 12 Learners and those tasked with administering the examination. The prayer meeting theme was, 'We don't believe that God brought us this far to leave us'.

    Grade 12 Learners are on the verge of writing their all-important Final NSC Examinations 2023. This can be a very stressful and challenging time for all the candidates, teachers and parents, prayer is needed in times like this.

    Present was the UMlazi District Director, Mrs Busi Mahlambi, MANCO Members, Social partners, SADTU & CTU-ATU, Pastors from different Ministries, Matric Learners from various schools in the UMlazi District, teachers and principals of the schools.

    UMlazi District Director, Mrs Busi Mahlambi delivered her welcome address and said, "Today we have gathered here to pray for your protection and mercy to pour grace upon all of you, for you to grasp everything when you study, go out there and unleash your greatest potential, this is the chance for you to shine and next year move to Higher Learning Institutions next year."

    Venue: Montclair Senior Primary School, uMlazi District

    Date: 27 October 2023

    Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology - Pro Maths Matric Class of 2023 Valediction at the UMbumbulu Centre

    Mr Tumelo Mabitsela,
    Chief Executive Officer of the Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology in collaboration with the uMlazi District hosted a valediction for its Matric Class of 2023 candidates.

    The purpose of the valediction was to motivate and encourage the 2023 Matric Class for the upcoming National Senior Certificate Final Examinations starting on 30 October 2023 and also to bid them farewell as they embark on a new journey.

    This cohort has been on this journey since 2021 as they commenced the programme in Grade 10.

    Guest Speaker at the event was the uMlazi District Director, Mrs Busi Metu Mahlambi, who thanked
    Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology for their outstanding tutoring that has contributed to honouring uMlazi District the Mathematics and Science District in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    UMbumbulu CMC had 12 High School participating namely: Sibusisiwe, Folweni, Sobonakhona, Adams College, Isolemamba, Ndeya, Dr Nembula, Isipingo, Nwabi, Sompukani and Lugobe, all being high schools.

    Only Mowati and Durban Girls High Schools, are the two schools outside the Umbumbulu CMC.

    Venue: Sibusisiwe Comprehensive High School

    Date: 21 October 2023

    National Science Olympiads Competition Winners

    The Anton Lembede MST Academy Grade 10 Learners participated in the National Science Olympiads Competition with other Matric Learners from both private and public schools.

    They also got an opportunity to go to Thailand and Bangkok for 10 days to learn more about Science.

    The six learners, namely; Zimu Samkelo, Dlamini Sbusiso, Mzimkhulu Sphesihle, Khuzwayo Lihlithemba, Gugu Mhlongo and Zanokuhle Mbambo were congratulated by the KZN MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer.

    Venue: Anton Lembede MST Academy, La Mercy

    Date 26 October 2023

    Media Briefing on the 2023 NSC Examinations State-of-Readiness

    The Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal is Combat ready to administer the 2023 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations for the 193 779 full-time and part-time candidates.

    The Department had Winter Classes Programme, Spring Boot Camp, which was aimed at giving learners extra tuition in the subjects areas that were identified as giving learners some challenges. A Mathematics Summit was held that was aimed at improving learner performance in Mathematics.

    "As a Province, we always say that our aim and target is to ensure that we pass all candidates who sit for the Final NSC Examinations.

    Our readiness is as a result of cooperation, collaborative work and progressive partnership from all our stakeholders and we are forever grateful for their never ending support.

    May God bless our Matric Class of 2023 with safety and success”, said KZN MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer.

    Venue: Anton Lembede MST Academy, La Mercy

    Date 26 October 2023

    Matric Circuit Prayer 2023

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education in partnership with the Umshwathi Municipality today hosted a Matric Prayer for the Class of 2023.

    The KZN Department of Education's Swayimana, Mshwathi and Wartburg Circuits were part of the Circuit Matric Prayer held at Cool Air Community Hall.

    Venue: Cool Air Community Hall.

    Date: 25 October 2023.

    MEC Frazer Met with the KZN ECD Alliance

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer convened a Meeting with the KZN ECD Alliance to discuss issues pertaining to the ECD Sector.

    Accompanying MEC Frazer were Members of Top Management and the CFO.

    Venue: COEGA Offices in La Lucia, Durban.

    Date: 24 October 2023

    Monitoring and Visit of the Provincial Examination Printing Centre

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer today Monitored, conducted an Inspection and Assessment of the examinations system State-of-Readiness in administrating the 2023 NSC Examinations.

    Thereafter, MEC Frazer chaired a meeting attended by Top Management; HOD, DDGs and senior examination officials, held in the Boardroom at Malgate Building in Durban.

    Venue: Boardroom at Malgate Building in Durban.

    Date: 24 October 2023

    MEC'S Management Meeting (MMM)

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer chaired the MMM meeting held at Truro House today.

    In attendance were the Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, Members of Top Management, Deputy Director-Generals and the Chief Financial Officer.

    Some of the items on the agenda for discussions were;

    * Day to day operations;

    * The fiscal position of the Department;

    * Schools that suffered storm damage; and

    * The state of readiness of the 2023 National Senior Certificate Examinations.

    Venue: Office of the MEC, Truro House, Durban.

    Date: 23 October 2023

    2023 NSC Examinations Pledge Signing and Provincial Prayer Ceremony

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Elandslaagte Circuit under the uThukela District held the 2023 NSC Examinations Pledge Signing and Provincial Prayer Ceremony.

    The purpose of signing the Pledge was to uphold the Learner’s honesty and maintain the credibility and integrity of the Examinations, by complying with all the rules and regulations applicable to the 2023 NSC Examinations.

    Venue: Elandslaagte Circuit under the uThukela District

    Date: 20 October 2023

    Provincial Prayer and Signing of the 2023 National Senior Certificate Examination Pledge - King Cetshwayo District

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education in partnership with the KwaMbonambi Pastors Fraternal hoisted the Provincial Prayer and Signing of the 2023 National Senior Certificate Examinations Pledge held at Siphumelele High School, Umzingazi, under the King Cetshwayo District.

    Presiding at the event was the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, Chief Director for District Operations, Mrs Tembelihle Gumede, King Cetshwayo Education District Director, Mrs Welile Nzama, and other officials.

    Also present was iNkosi Mbuyazi, of Mbonambi Tribal Authority, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature Chair of Chairs, Honourable Hlengiwe Mavimbela, and Umfolozi Local Municipality, Cllr Xolani Bhengu.

    Chief Director Gumede presided over the second session of the programme where Grade 12 Learners of High schools of Mbonambi and Richards Bay Circuits recited and signed the 2023 National Senior Certificate Examination Pledge.

    The KZNDOE’s HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo thanked the educators for teaching the 2023 Cohort and preparing them for the Final NSC Examinations. He urged the 2023 Cohort to do well in their Examinations and to exceed the 83% pass rate achieved by the Class of 2022.

    Venue: Siphumelele High School, Umzingazi, under the King Cetshwayo District.

    Date : 20 October 2023

    Signing of the Matric Pledge Ceremony and Matric Prayer

    The Deputy Minister for the Department of Basic Education, Dr Reginah Mhaule and the MEC, Ms Mbali Frazer presided over the Matric Pledge Signing Ceremony and matric prayer at Ferrum High School in Newcastle, under Amajuba District today, 20 October 2023.

    The event was attended by the senior management of the Department, parents, educators, representatives of teacher unions, religious leaders; and learners from different schools, who were there to pledge on behalf of all learners in the entire country.

    Through the signing of the pledge, learners commit themselves to will upholding honesty and integrity in the examinations by complying with all rules and regulations relevant to the National Senior Certificate examinations.

    The MEC cautioned learners against compromising their future by engaging in conduct that may compromise the intergrity of exams. She urged parents to give learners fewer chores so that they focus on their studies and urged communities not to disrupt schools if they have service delivery issues .

    The event in Newcastle was a national event, and Amajuba District learners were fortunate to represent all the 723 000 learners who will sit for the 2023 NSC exams in the Republic of South Africa.

    The Deputy Minister, Dr Mhaule, spoke about the challenges that the current Matric cohort faced in their academic journey, including Covid-19 and curriculum related challenges. The Deputy Minister also reminded learners that there are only 9 days left before the NSC Examinations begin.

    "We want to urge you our children, continue to attend school until the last day of your paper," said the Deputy Minister. The Deputy Minister also warned learners against irresponsible behaviour during the examinations.

    Speaking on behalf of all learners, Rivon Kaliden, Ferrum High School Head Boy, committed that they will do everything to ensure that the integrity of examinations is not compromised.

    After the signing of the pledge proceedings, religious leaders from various religious formations gave fervent and spirited prayers on behalf of the Class of 2023.

    Venue: Ferrum High School in Newcastle, under Amajuba District

    Date: 20 October 2023


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    Teacher Well-being Seminar - uMgungundlovu District

    Today the Education Labour Relations Council in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education hosted a Teacher Well-being Seminar for educators under the uMgungundlovu District.

    The Seminar theme, "Educator Well-being to ensure quality teaching and learning in the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education."

    The District Director, Mr S Mabinza welcomed everyone in the Seminar, encouragement all the educators and also thanked them for ensuring that quality education is delivered to all 494 Public Schools and 52 Independent Schools under the uMgungundlovu District.

    He also encouraged all the educators to keep up the good work despite of dealing with challenges they experience in the work environment.

    Regardless of all the challenges that educators face, whether it is psychosocial issues such as stress and depression, safety and security in schools, financial problems, etc. educators are expected to deliver day in and day out for the success of the learners in schools.

    This demands naturally builds up the pressure on educators, which demanded the need for today's seminar.

    The purpose of the seminar was to capacitate educators with understanding on how to deal with their physical, mentally, financial and work environment issues, where to seek help and how to respond to issues they face in their daily lives.

    Several guest speakers presented and shared their presentations.

    The Representatives present were from:

    *SADTU - Mr Ndlovu, for Organised Labour presentation on observation;

    *Acting Manager: Legal Affairs and Ethics from SACE - Mr S Ntshalintshali presented the Handbook on Teachers Safety and Security in South African Schools;

    *Personal Financial Management was presented by Mr T Hollo from Old Mutual;

    *Mrs Z Gumede a Psychologist from Yeyeye Human Development Consultants focused on Stress Management; and

    *Mrs Y Mjoli from NPA presented the Thuthuzela Care Centre Model.

    Venue: Maritzburg College School, Pietermaritzburg.

    Date: 19 October 2023

    TLS-GET Excellence Awards 2023 - uMlazi District

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's uMlazi District hosted the Umlazi District Excellence Awards 2023 to celebrate and honor the hard work done by the teachers and leaners.

    This event is held annually in the District. Amongst the attendees were Umlazi District Director, Mrs Busi Mahlambi, Ms Busi Dladla the Chief Director for GET, Mrs Vilakazi the Director for Early Childhood Development, Mr Nyathi, a Mathematics Specialist and Umlazi District CEMs.

    The uMlazi District Director: Mrs Busi Mahlambi opened the Excellence Awards Ceremony and welcomed all the guests and extended her appreciation for availing themselves and honoring the invite.

    In her address she said, "I welcome you all to this prestigious event, we are here today to celebrate the hard work that is done by the teachers, learners and officials of the Department.

    Today we are demonstrating and celebrating the excellence that happens in the classrooms. I want us to take pride in the work that has been done by our learners."

    "Excellence is doing common things in an uncommon way."

    Ms AG Ngobene, the Legal Practitioner, Managing Director and Founder was the guest speaker for the day. "Keep on planting the seeds in the minds of the children, the reason why we are here is because of the seeds that teachers plant in children and we are celebrating the good results today. Learners, there is always a way to climb the ladder and get to the top, always remember that. "

    The Awards were presented by the TLS-GET Sub-unit under these categories: Poetry Recital, Reading, Poetry, Speech, Spelling BEE Mental Maths, Life Skills, Social Sciences Presentations, LO Quize, Tech Olympiads, Natural Science Olympiads, CA Visual Arts, EMS Quiz and Maths Olympiads

    Mr RM Mvuyana delivered the vote of thanks and thanked all the learners who received awards today and all the sponsors that sponsored the event.

    The event was sponsored by Macmillan Education, Oxford University Press, Shutter and Shooter Publishers and Aquelle.

    Venue: West Park Special School

    Date: 18 October 2023

    Branch Corporate Services Meeting

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Branch Corporate Services held a Moderation Sub Committee Meeting to discuss the 2022/23 Performance Assessment held today at the Durban Teachers Center.

    The Meeting was chaired by the Deputy Director-General: Corporate Services, Adv. Bheki Masuku.

    Venue: Durban Teachers Center

    Date: 18 October 2023

    3-Day - Capacity Development Workshop for CMs, ITOs and ICT Coordinators

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Provincial Teacher Development Institute Directorate in partnership with VVOB are hosting a 3-Day Capacity Development Workshop for ITOs, CMs and ICT Coordinators.

    The Worksop is being conducted by VVOB on their LMS and Online Platform.

    Today's session was dedicated to the Department, as Teacher Development to look at the operation and activities.

    Venue: Durban

    Date: 17 - 19 October 2023

    Multi-planting Season - Province of KwaZulu-Natal

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer participated in the Provincial Launch of the Multi-planting Season today.

    MEC Frazer got the opportunity to navigate the tractor on the farm and sow seeds in furrows.

    The event took place in Impendle under the uMgungundlovu District

    Venue: Impendle, uMgungundlovu District

    Date: 17 October 2023

    ECD Advocacy Campaign - Management Guideline Function Shift

    Today's meeting discussed the Institutionalisation of a Communication Approach to Support the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Advocacy Campaign in line with the Management Guideline - Function Shift.

    The meeting also unpacked and discussed the ECD policies and programmes that needs to be disseminated to all stakeholders both internally and externally.

    The deliberation encouraged stakeholder participation, ownership, facilitating the exchange of information, strengthening coordination and delivery of ECD programmes.

    Also on the agenda for discussion was to provide clarity on the processes of registering unregistered ECD Centres and other processes related to the ECD Advocacy Campaign.

    Venue: Durban Teachers Centre

    Date: 13 October 2023

    Maths Revision - uThukela District

    Matric Candidates in the Elandslaagte and Ezakheni Circuit Cluster held a Mathematics (0-35%) Revision Session with Kondo today.

    Venue: Ezakheni Circuit

    Date: 13 October 2023

    MEC Frazer Officially Open State-of-the-Art Bhevu High School in Ladysmith

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer Officially Opened Bhevu High School today, in the Roseboom area of Ladysmith, in the uThukela District.

    The newly built State-of-the-Art Bhevu High School costs the Department over R50 Million.

    The project commenced in May 2017 and was completed in September 2020.

    The new Bhevu High School has 17 standard classrooms, 2 Multi-purpose Classrooms, a Media Center, a Computer Room, a Life Science Lab, a Physical Science Lab, NSNP Kitchen, Sports Fields as well as the supportive equipment required for a World-Class Smart School in the new world of the 4IR.

    MEC Frazer expressed her gratitude to all the role players especially Coega, Jabu Manana Beick Manufacturing, DM2 Architects, and all contractors who were involved in this project.

    “As the KZN Department of Education, we are happy that the community of Roseboom benefited from this project.

    A total of 12 local companies were contracted in this project and 27 employment opportunities were created for the local people”, said MEC Frazer.

    Bhevu High School Principal, Mr Maphalala expressed gratitude for the support they continuously receive from the KZN Department of Education and committed to ensuring that the Bhevu Matric Class of 2023 will obtain a 100% quality pass rate.

    The Educators of Bhevu High School presented MEC Frazer with a souvenir in recognition of the support she gives to all educators across the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    MEC Frazer also took the opportunity to present Certificates awarded to the learners of Bhevu High School who participated and won in the 2023 National Schools Moot Court Competition which took place on the 8th of October 2023 at the University of Pretoria.

    Venue: Bhevu High School, in Ladysmith, uThukela District

    Date: 12 October 2023

    The Opening of a Library at Durban South Primary School

    Durban South Primary School opens its brand new Library today. This great initiative will be extremely useful to the learners in assisting them master their reading skills.

    Reading is the key to empowering learners to unlock a number of opportunities that come from broadening their understanding and read for meaning.

    The MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Mbali Frazer recently launched the MEC's Book Club, which is aimed at promoting and fostering reading amongst learners and communities at large.

    Learners from Durban South Primary School will now be able to expand their vocabulary, enhance their imagination and improve their writing skills through reading the books in their School Library.

    Venue: Durban South Primary School, UMlazi District

    Date: 12 October 2023

    KZN MEC Frazer Launches the KZN Education Book Club at Adams College

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer launched the KZN Education MEC’s Provincial Book Club today, 10 October 2023 at Adams College, in the e2UMlazi District.

    Adams College has produced great leaders in this country, and choosing it as a host for this launch was aimed at recognizing the contribution of this institution in producing great leaders in all fields.

    The Education MEC’s Book Club was launched to encourage the culture of reading in society. Following this provincial book club launch, regional book clubs will be launched in all 12 Districts of the KZN Department of Education.

    In addition to fostering the culture of reading, these book clubs will provide a platform for discussing critical issues affecting literature in society.

    President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his 2019 State of the Nation Address highlighted the importance of fostering the culture of reading through the nation.

    "If we are to ensure that within the next decade, every 10-year-old will be able to read for meaning, we will need to mobilise the entire nation behind a massive reading campaign.

    “Early reading is the basic foundation that determines a child's educational progress, through school, through higher education, and into the workplace", said President Ramaphosa.

    MEC Frazer’s vision is to see these book clubs as inclusive spaces that attract and welcome readers of different ages and backgrounds.

    “It is my heartfelt request that while adults read their club-selected books at home, they invite the children in their households to join them in reading age-appropriate materials”, said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer encouraged all stakeholders and community members to join the book clubs in their respective districts.

    Learners of Itshemhlophe Primary School had the opportunity to demonstrate their reading skills, including the skills they attained through the culture of reading.

    Venue: Adams College in the UMlazi District

    Date: 10 October 2023

    Top Management District Support Program, Amajuba and Zululand Districts

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Top Management visited the Amajuba and Zululand Districts to monitor the implementation of the Provincial Academic Improvement Plan and offer District Support in line with the MEC's commitments to the people of KZN during her Budget Speech tabled earlier this year in the KZN Provincial Legislature.

    Amongst the attendees present were the DDG for Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, Mrs Sindi Zakuza-Njakazi the Chief Director for Curriculum Management, Mr David Manganye, Chief Director for Curriculum Development programs and Principals of schools.

    Mr David Manganye, Chief Director: Curriculum Development programs who was directing the program on behalf of the DDG: Corporate Services, Adv Masuku, outlined the Department’s initiative and purpose of visiting Districts by Top Management led by the HoD with the aim of identifying challenges that are faced by Districts, Circuits and Schools across the Province, thus affording the DDGs an opportunity to intervene and resolve challenges identified.

    "This platform is opened to engage on issues affecting districts, circuits, and schools so that relevant intervention and support will be provided," said Mr Manganye."

    The District Director, Mr Dumisani Ndlovu, Zululand District welcomed all guests, and during his welcome address, he mentioned that "We are a District committed to improving the NSC results to reach our minimum target of 90%. Mr Themi Nzama introduced Amajuba District officials who presented Term 3 analysis of results, said, "Our slogan for 2023 is, we see 100%, we work 100% and we claim 100%.

    Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, DDG for Curriculum Management and Delivery, outlined the purpose of the visit. DDG Mazibuko began his address by quoting Alvin Toffler, who spoke deeply about strategies that needs to be adopted in order to develop quality education.

    Speaking to the District MANCOs, Mazibuko said, "When going back to your respective Districts make your educators aware that all of them have a role to play in ensuring the highest quality of education is delivered to our learners in order to improve learning outcomes."

    Furthermore, Mazibuko highlighted promises that were made by the MEC to the people of KZN during 2023 Budget Speech, which includes the increase of NSC results to 100% with a minimum of 85%, to increase the number of schools obtaining 100%, to increase the bachelor passes, to eliminate schools that perform at 40% and below, to improve performance of learners with special education needs, to improve the pass percentage and distinctions in Mathematics and Sciences and to improve the pass percentage in Technology and Technical subjects.

    DDG Mazibuko also outlined objectives of Provincial Academic Improvement Plan for 2023.

    "We don't wake up everyday and go to work to obtain Higher Certificates passes, but we are here to develop these learners and reduce the Higher Certificate passes", concluded Mazibuko."

    Mrs Sindi Zakuza-Njakazi, the Chief Director for Curriculum Management and two principals of best performing schools were offered an opportunity to present their good practices during the meeting.

    In his closing remarks, the DDG Mr Mazibuko thanked the District Directors for their presentations, which demonstrated team work and all district officials are committed to ensure that all their plans succeed.

    Venue : Vryheid Landbou High School, Zululand

    Date: 11 October 2023

    KZNDOE’S Call Centre - 2-Day Training of Information Agents on the use of e-Submission and Re-engage Portal

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education is exploring a way of transforming certain operations to simplify and fast-track some of the procedures, resolution of queries, Information coordination, online reporting, record keeping and other similar processes to improve the turnaround time, service delivery and feedback at its Call Centre based in Pietermaritzburg.

    A process of software development was kick-started through Vodacom as an enhancement to the already existing e-Submission platform which was already being piloted through the EMIS Directorate.

    The enhancement is intended to address challenges faced by the Department in relation but not limited to the following :

    • Automation of the Departmental submissions processes.

    • Digitizing documentation and responding to audit findings.

    • Efficiency in the Departmental organizational processes.

    • Promotion of the Department's Digital strategy.

    • Improving the Departments information gathering strategy.

    • Improving response time to general queries.

    Attendees at the training sessions were from five different Directorates, namely, the Directorates: Communication & Publications, EMIS, Infrastructure, Examinations & Assessment and Facilities Management.

    Venue: Vodacom Offices, 11 Richfond Circle, Umhlanga

    Date: 09-10 October 2023

    “Ring-A-Bell Campagn”

    The KZNDOE's iLembe District launched an innovative programme, called, "Ring-A-Bell" Campaign, which, intends to summon all stakeholders into a State-of-Prayer and
    ukugonqa, signalling the start of the examination season.

    "This is the time for us to unite beyond our faith, denomination, religion and culture to drive out
    Looming or potential disturbances that might come our way during the Final Examinations Period.

    We are focusing all our efforts in guiding the Class of 2023 to the Light of Life.

    Let us go for the kill
    # Up!
    # Ilembe 90%", said the iLembe District Director, Dr LMMM Madondo.

    Venue: Mathubesizwe Secondary School. iLembe District.

    Date: 10 October 2023

    KZN MEC Frazer Launches the KZN Education Book Club at Adams College

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer launched the KZN Education MEC’s Provincial Book Club today, 10 October 2023 at Adams College, in the e2UMlazi District.

    Adams College has produced great leaders in this country, and choosing it as a host for this launch was aimed at recognizing the contribution of this institution in producing great leaders in all fields.

    The Education MEC’s Book Club was launched to encourage the culture of reading in society. Following this provincial book club launch, regional book clubs will be launched in all 12 Districts of the KZN Department of Education.

    In addition to fostering the culture of reading, these book clubs will provide a platform for discussing critical issues affecting literature in society.

    President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his 2019 State of the Nation Address highlighted the importance of fostering the culture of reading through the nation.

    "If we are to ensure that within the next decade, every 10-year-old will be able to read for meaning, we will need to mobilise the entire nation behind a massive reading campaign.

    “Early reading is the basic foundation that determines a child's educational progress, through school, through higher education, and into the workplace", said President Ramaphosa.

    MEC Frazer’s vision is to see these book clubs as inclusive spaces that attract and welcome readers of different ages and backgrounds.

    “It is my heartfelt request that while adults read their club-selected books at home, they invite the children in their households to join them in reading age-appropriate materials”, said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer encouraged all stakeholders and community members to join the book clubs in their respective districts.

    Learners of Itshemhlophe Primary School had the opportunity to demonstrate their reading skills, including the skills they attained through the culture of reading.

    Venue: Adams College in the UMlazi District

    Date: 10 October 2023

    Kay Motsepe Schools Championship

    KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Tholokuhle High School Girls under 14 Soccer Team were the National Winners of the Kay Motsepe Schools Championship.

    The total cash prize won by the school was R1 100 000 from this competition.

    A total of R100 000 as Provincial Champions and R1million as National Champions scooping a grand total of R1 100 000.

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer congratulates Tholokuhle High School Girls under 14 Soccer Team for their stupendous win both at Provincial and National level Championships.

    The prize money is used for school-related development projects, such as the improvement of school infrastructure, office blocks, libraries, classrooms, ablution facilities and sporting facilities.

    The goal of the tournaments is to develop the love of sports in young men. Sports develops character, discipline as well as mental fitness.

    Venue: 369 Nseleni, Richards Bay.

    Date: October 2023

    The DBE 9th National Education Excellence Awards

    Theme: “Recognising Excellence in
    Education”

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Fraser, congratulates The KwaZulu-Natal Education Districts and Schools for their excellence in the different categories in the 2022/23 Academic Years.

    The 9th National Education Excellence Awards took place at the Premier Hotel OR Tambo, Kempton Park.

    Matric Spring Camp - Class of 2023 KwaZulu-Natal Province

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, visited and monitored a Matric Spring Camp organized by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education at Escourt High School, Uthukela District.

    Date: 06 October 2023
    Time : 09:00

    #FinalPushClassOf2023KZN

    "Study, focus and the best of luck"- MEC Frazer.

    Mass Memorial Service for Kwa-Hatting Accident Victims

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer attended the Mass Memorial Service of 7 Learners from Groetveil Combined Secondary School, following an accident that claimed their lives.

    Amongst the attendees present were the Leadership of Emadlangeni Local Municipality led by Mayor Mzwakhe Buthelezi, MEC for Social Development in KwaZulu-Natal, Mrs Nonhlahla Khoza, DDG for Coparate Services, Advocate Bheki Masuku and the families of the deceased Learners.

    Ms Mbali Frazer, in her address, said, "Indeed today is a sad day for all of us, I offer my condolences to the families, learners and educators of Groenveil Combine Secondary School."

    The MEC further read the script from the book of Amahubo 41 Verse 18 which says. 'The Lord is near those who have a broken heart, and serves such as a contrite spirit.' by that Verse, I would like the families to feel the strength and comfort during this difficult time", said MEC Frazer.

    MEC for Social Development in KwaZulu-Natal, Mrs Nonhlahla Khoza delivered the keynote address.

    She said that, "This accident does not only touch the community of Emadlangeni, but the whole nation, and the Department of Social Development will provide all the social support that is needed by the families," asserted." MEC Khoza.

    Venue: Kwa-Hatting Area, Ward 6

    Date : 05 October 2023

    Congratulations Thuthukani Special School a Gold Medal Winner

    At a Special Presidential Recognition event, Ms Gail Bohler was awarded a Certificate of Recognition.

    Ms Gail Bohler an Occupational Therapist and a Swimming Coach was presented with a special recognition by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa for being a team leader for Special Olympics in Germany held earlier this year.

    Learner, Melo from Thuthukani Special School in the King Cetshwayo District
    was a Gold Medal Winner at the international event.

    Venue: Union Building in Pretoria

    Date: 03 October 2023

    Extended Corporate Management Branch Meeting

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Extended Corporate Management Branch held its Meeting at Lamontville Education Center.

    The Meeting was Chaired by the DDG: Corporate Management Branch, Advocate Bheki Masuku.
    The Department’s Finances need to be improved, currently there is not enough funds to support any pending activities or crises.

    The Departmental Officials were invited to make their presentations at the meeting.
    Once the presentations were concluded the Chair, DDG: Corporate Management Branch, Advocate Bheki Masuku thanked the officials for their insightful presentations and adjourned the meeting.

    Venue : Lamontville Education Center

    Date : 03 October 2023

    Matric Spring Camp Monitoring - KZN Province

    Today, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together with the uMgungundlovu District Director, Mr S Mabinza visited and monitored Matric Spring Camp held at Linpark High School.

    Linpark High School is one of 5 Centres conducting the Spring Extra Classes and has 156 Learners from 8 different schools attending.

    MEC Frazer shares words of encouragement with the learners attending the Spring Extra Classes.

    She motivated learners to keep pushing and study smart.

    MEC Frazer also distributed Examination Study Tips Booklets to help guide Learners in preparation for their Final NSC Examinations.

    #FinalPushClass23KZN

    Venue: Linpark High School, Pietermaritzburg.

    Date: 03 October 2023

    KZNDOE Meeting with Teacher Unions

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo Chaired a Meeting with Teacher Unions.

    The meeting was a continuation of the previously held meeting on the distribution of educator post establishment for the KZN Department of Education for the 2024 Academic Year.

    The meeting was adjourned and rescheduled for 4th of October 2023.

    Venue : Glenmore Primary School

    Date : 03 October 2023

    Heritage Month Celebration by the uMgungundlovu District

    Today the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's uMgungundlovu District commemorated Heritage Month at Oval Park in Pietermaritzburg.

    The District Director: Mr S Mabinza welcomed all guests present and in his address said, “This day is a Cultural Celebration out of the Office and I wish everyone happiness and joy in celebrating Heritage Day to the fullest.”

    The theme this year is, 'Celebrating our cultural diversity in a democratic South Africa."

    Venue: Oval park

    Date: 29 September 2023

    Top Management Monitoring Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) and District Support Programme for uMzinyathi District

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Top Management visited the UMzinyathi District to monitor the Provincial Academic Improvement Plan and offer District Support in line with the MEC's call to monitor progress in the implementation of the Provincial Academic Improvement Plan.

    The visit is meant to offer support to the district, circuits, and schools.

    Amongst the attendees present were the DDG for Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, DDG for Corporate Management Services Bheki Masuku, Mrs Sindi Zakuza-Njakazi the Chief Director for Curriculum Management, Dr David Chonco, the District Operations Chief Director, Dr Ray Penniston, the Chief Director for Examination and Assessment, UMzinyathi District Director, District extended MANCO, and Principals of schools.

    Dr David Chonco, Chief Director: District Operations was the Programme Director and on behalf of DDG Masuku outlined the initiative of visiting Districts by Top Management, which was led by the HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo.

    The aim of the District Visit was to identify challenges that are faced by Districts, Circuits and Schools across the Province and it will afford DDGs to intervene and resolve all challenges identified.

    "This platform is opened to engage on issues affecting districts, circuits, and schools so that relevant intervention and support will be provided," said Dr Chonco."

    The uMzinyathi District Director: Mr Siphiwe Kheswa, welcomed all guests present and during his address, Mr Kheswa outlined the analysis of all schools under his District.

    He further informed Top Management about the relationship they have with all District Stakeholders.

    Mr Kheswa concluded by outlining the District’s theme for 2023 NSC Examinations.

    Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery outlined the purpose of the visit.

    DDG Mazibuko started by quoting Alvin Toffler where he speaks deeper about strategies that needs to be adopted in order to develop quality education.

    Speaking to the District MANCO, the DDG Mazibuko said, "When you go back, make your educators aware, that all of them have a role to play in ensuring the highest quality of education, in order to improve the learning outcomes."

    Furthermore, DDG Mazibuko highlighted promises and commitments that were made by the MEC to the people of KZN during 2023 Budget Speech, which includes the increase of NSC results to 100% with a minimum of 85%, to increase the number of schools obtaining 100%, to increase the bachelor passes, to eliminate schools that perform at 40% and below, to improve performance of learners with special education needs, to improve the pass percentage and distinctions in Mathematics and Sciences and to improve the pass percentage in Technology and Technical subjects.

    DDG Mazibuko also outlined objectives of the Provincial Academic Improvement Plan 2023.

    "We are not waking up to obtain higher certificates passes, but we are here to develop these learners and reduce the higher Certificate passes," concluded, DDG Mazibuko."

    Dr Ray Penniston presented the District analysis of 2023 Matric results for Term 1 and Term 2. He concluded his presentation by raising that the UMzinyathi District was the most improved District during the 2022 NSC Examinations."

    Mrs Sindi Zakuza-Njakazi the Chief Director: Curriculum Management and two principals of best performing schools were offered an opportunity to present their practices during the meeting.

    DDG: Corporate Management Services, Advocate Bheki Masuku advised the District and Schools to have their key projects and focus on achieving them.

    "To have many projects simultaneously, may interrupt your focus, which will then not allow you in achieving your goals, asserted," DDG Masuku.

    In his closing remarks, DDG Mazibuko thanked the District for the job well done.

    "In order to achieve best results and improve from where you are, you need to work very hard and remember collective work always reap the best results."

    Venue : Dundee Junior Primary School

    Date: 28 September 2023

    Heritage Day Celebrations - uMlazi District

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s uMlazi District conducted its "Heritage Day Celebrations.

    "This program seeks to encourage uMlazi District Officials and Learners to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions.

    The uMlazi District Director: Mrs Busisiwe Mahlambi welcomed all guests present.

    During her address, she said, "This programme aims to remind us who we are through our organic food."

    Venue: Ridge Park College.

    Date: 28 September 2023

    MEC Frazer Unveils New Digital Lab in Eastwood Secondary School in UMgungundlovu District

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer today officially opened the Digital Lab donated by Cell C to Eastwood Secondary School, under the uMgungundlovu District.

    Cell C identified Eastwood Secondary School as a point of entry for their programme of giving back to the community and uplifting the community through digital technology infrastructure which will be rolled out in this Province in partnership with the KZN Department of Education.

    "We are not merely gathered here to celebrate the cutting-edge of technology in Eastwood's new Digital Lab, but also to recognise a progressive partnership between the Department of Education and Cell C.

    This collaboration is fuelled by a shared vision of empowering our youth for the future," said MEC Frazer during her address.

    MEC Frazer expressed her gratitude to Cell C for the donation and for the partnership that is aimed at ensuring that learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds are not left behind when it comes to technology.

    "Times have changed, and so have the educational needs of our learners.

    In this era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), equipping our learners with the latest technology is not merely a choice but a necessity," said MEC Frazer.

    The Digital Lab consists of 28 laptops, sever operating system, 1 LCD monitor, 1 keyboard and a mouse, a router with preloaded data for 24 months, 1 printer, 1 multimedia projector as well as the supportive equipment for the Lab.

    MEC Frazer called on the business community across the Province to emulate the example set by Cell C and collaborate with Government in empowering communities, particularly the youth.

    Venue: Eastwood Secondary School under the uMgungundlovu District in Pietermaritzburg.

    Date: 28 September 2023

    Top Management District Support Programme Meeting (DSPM) – Harry Gwala District

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Top Management conducted the District Support Programme Meeting follow-up visit in response to the MEC’s call to monitor progress in the implementation of the Provincial Academic Improvement Plan.

    The DSPM seeks to offer support to District, Circuits and Schools.

    Venue : Brackenham Primary School

    Date : 27 September 2023

    LTSM Delivery Warehouse Inspection

    The KwaZulu Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together with the Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo inspected the State of Readiness of the Learning and Teaching Support Material (LTSM) delivery for the 2024 School Academic Year today at the LTSM Warehouse.

    In relation to Tool for furniture repairs at schools, Mr Ndabesa who is the founder of Ndabase Printing Solutions and his colleagues developed a Website App to help schools acquire desks online, which will be very helpful for principals to oversee this process online.

    Also, the online App will be accessible to upper management, who may use it to track how quickly schools are receiving desks.

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department is standing at 97% in readiness to deliver LTSM materials to Schools across the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, ahead of school opening in the New Academic Year 2024

    Venue: Ndabase Printing in Amanzimtoti, South of Durban.

    Date: 26 September 2023

    MEC Frazer Officially Opens Bright Future Special School in Newlands East

    History in the making for Special Needs Education, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer today officially opened Bright Future Special School in Newlands East, under the
    Umlazi District.

    A short brief of the ICT resources supplied to Bright future Special School was presented by the DDG: Curriculum Delivery and Management, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko.

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer marked the official opening by unveiling the plaque.

    MEC Frazer was accompanied by the KZN Department of Education HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo and the uMlazi District Director, Mrs BN Mahlambi and Senior Officials of the KZN Department of Education.

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together with the entourage had a walk-about-tour of the facilities and a classroom visit.

    Venue: Bright Future Special School in Newlands East, under the
    Umlazi District.

    Date: 26 September 2023

    Heritage Day Celebrations - Mountview

    Educators and Learners from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Mountview Secondary School hosted Heritage Day Celebrations in traditional attire.

    Heritage Day on 24 September 2023 recognises and celebrates the cultural wealth of our nation.

    South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa.

    Venue: Mountview Secondary School

    Date: 22 -24 September 2023

    MEC Frazer Commemorates Heritage Day Celebration and highlight the Importance of Food Production in Empembeni

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, together with Social Development MEC, Mrs Nonhlanhla Khoza, joined the Heritage Day Celebration, which was hosted by MEC of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Super Zuma in eMpembeni, King Cetshwayo District, today.

    During her remarks, MEC Frazer highlighted the importance of teaching youth, especially learners about the significance of Heritage Day.

    She emphasised that it is important for parents to educate children about their culture and heritage before they even learn about it at school.

    “We are not only here to celebrate our rich culture and heritage, but we are here to also highlight the importance of food production through agriculture.

    If we do not encourage you to participate in agriculture we could end up facing a risk of shortages of indigenous food," said MEC Frazer to an attentive audience.

    MEC Zuma urged the people of KwaZulu-Natal to go back to their roots and use the practices that their previous generations used to produce food.

    "Each and every home must have a garden. We have a programme of “One Home One Garden”, that we support as government.

    Use this opportunity and get assistance from Government to start your own garden," said MEC Zuma.

    Members of the community who requested support from the KZN Department of Agriculture and Rural Development were supplied with the gardening tools they needed.

    Venue: eMpembeni Sports Field, in uMhlathuze LM, King Cetshwayo District

    Date: 24 September 2023

    Heritage Day Celebrations at the Pinetown District

    Officials from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Pinetown District hosted Heritage Celebrations in a spectacular cultural fashion.

    Heritage Day on 24 September 2023 recognises and celebrates the cultural wealth of our nation.

    South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa.

    Venue: Pinetown District

    Date: 22 September 2023

    3-Day Mathematics Literacy Camp

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s ILembe District hosted a Mathematics Camp for struggling Level one and two Learners to help them improve and better understand the subject.

    Venue: Applesbosch FET College.

    Date: 22- 24 September 2023

    MEC Frazer Introduce Contractor for Fencing and Maintenance of Two Schools in Rural Ndesheni

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, today introduced to INkosi Dube and the community of Ndesheni, a contractor who will be fencing Ndesheni High and Gubhethuka Primary Schools in the King Cetshwayo District.

    This comes after INkosi Dube requested urgent intervention from MEC Frazer to have the two schools fenced to ensure safety of learners and educators.

    Ndesheni area is reported to have a high rate of crime with several incidents having been previously reported at the schools.

    MEC Frazer further made a commitment to send professional teams to do renovations and general maintenance to give Ndesheni High School a much needed facelift.

    INkosi Dube expressed his gratitude for the swift response by MEC Frazer following his request for her intervention.

    Venue: Ndesheni High School

    Date: 22 September 2023

    Top Management Monitoring Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) and District Support Programme at the uThukela District

    Today, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Top Management visited the uThukela District to monitor the Provincial Academic Improvement Plan and offer District Support in line with the MEC's call to monitor progress in the implementation of the Provincial Academic Improvement Plan.

    The visit is to offer support to the District, Circuits and to Schools.

    Amongst the attendees present were the DDG for Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, Mrs Sindi Zakuza-Njakazi the Chief Director for Curriculum Management, Dr David Chonco, the District Operations Chief Director, who facilitated the programme, Dr Ray Penniston, the Chief Director for Examination and Assessment and Quality Assurance, who presented the analysis of term 2 results, Mr David Manganye Acting Chief Director for Curriculum Development Programmes, Mr Thami Mbanjwa, Chief Director in the Office of the Head of Department, uThukela District extended MANCO, and Principals of schools.

    Mrs Mapaseka Mokoena, the uThukela District Director welcomed all attendees as the host and presented the status of the District in terms of the final push preparations towards the count down to the 2023 NSC Examinations that has begun.

    The DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mazibuko, outlined the purpose of the meeting, he also mentioned that, "We are left with a few days before we start the Final NSC Examinations."

    The MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Mbali Frazer during her Budget Speech, promised to improve on the following aspects:

    * Eliminate school that performs at 40% and below;

    * Improve performance of learners with Special Education Needs;

    * Improve the pass percentage and distinction in Mathematics and Sciences;

    * Improve the pass percentage in Technology Subjects;

    * Increase NSC Examinations pass rate to 100% with a minimum of 85% in 2023 and

    *Increase the bachelor passes by 5% from 42% to 47%

    In order to achieve the MEC's commitments, we need to work very close, Head Office and the District Office.

    Mrs Sindi Zakuza-Njakazi Chief Director, Curriculum Management along with the school principals were given an opportunity to share their best practices in the meeting.

    Venue : Monument Primary School

    Date: 22 September 2023

    Heritage Day Celebration at Head Office - Ex NED

    Officials from the KZN Department of Education EX NED Building observed Heritage Day Celebration in a spectacular fashion.

    They staged a play, enacting the proceedings that occur in a Zulu Traditional Wedding.

    It was a day filled with joy and laughter as the officials celebrated their diverse cultural differences in a colourful cultural exhibition.

    Venue: Ex NED Building, Pietermaritzburg

    Date: 22 September 2023

    MEC Frazer heaps praises on Educators and Learners of Imizikayifani Primary School on Innovation Day Programme

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, today witnessed the ICT as well as coding and robotics skills displayed by learners of Imizikayifani Primary during the school’s Innovation Day programme.

    Imizikayifani Primary, which is in
    Esikhawini, King Cetshwayo District, today hosted the Innovation Day programme to showcase the talent of their learners and to encourage their peers to focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.

    MEC Frazer was impressed by the demonstrations made by learners as they wowed her and other dignitaries with their computer skills as well as coding and robotics talent.

    “You have demonstrated that the possibilities of what you can achieve are limitless when one has the guidance and support of dedicated educators like you do here at Imizikayifani. I must say that I am filled with hope and excitement for the future,” said MEC Frazer.

    She said on this era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where technology is taking centre stage, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education remains committed to intensifying its investment in subjects such as coding and robotics.

    MEC Frazer further expressed her gratitude to the hard working and dedicated educators of Imizikayifani Primary School for providing a conducive environment for learners to pursue their dreams.

    “As educators, you are the true champions in the lives of our learners. Your passion for teaching, your tireless efforts, and your belief in the potential of every child are the driving forces behind their success,” said MEC Frazer.

    She added: “Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the delivery of quality education and ensuring that no child is left behind.”

    MEC Frazer encouraged more educators from the Imizikayifani to participate in the National Teaching Awards as they all had a potential to bring home the silverware like their colleague, Mrs TP Ndlozi, who won both Provincial and National 2022 Excellence in Primary School Awards.

    She also committed to ensure that Imizikayifani Primary gets appropriate fencing soon so that the school remains safe and secure for learners and educators.

    Venue: Imizikayifani Primary School, Esikhawini, King Cetshwayo District

    Date: 22 September 2023

    UMlazi District hosted the 40 Days Countdown to the NSC Examinations under the theme, “The Final Push”

    Miss NP Myeni the programme director in her opening remarks mentioned the main purpose of the event is for the districts to give motivational talk to the Matric Class of 2023 as they prepare for the Final Push towards the NSC 2023”.

    The school principals motivated learners and advised them on what and what not to do when preparing for examinations. “As we are approaching the NSC Final Examinations it’s very essential to make sure that learners are studying in a conducive environment so that they don’t get easily distracted” said the school principal of Phumela Secondary School.

    The Class of 2023 Learners choosing to exit in style presented speeches on how they have been preparing themselves for the NSC Examinations.

    Miss Masha of Sbusisiwe Comprehensive High School under the uMbumbulu, Class of 2023 highlighted how she and other learners were preparing themselves for the NSC Examinations.

    She mentioned that on Saturdays and Sundays the educators conduct classes to ensure that all learners get 100%.

    There are quite a few programs that have been taking place at Sbusisiwe Comprehensive High School to ensure that learners are studying hard so that excellent results can be produced.

    “The reason we are saying do not give up now is because you are much closer to the finish line, you are running your very last lap of the race” said Mr S Shangase, CES of School Governance and Management in his words of motivation to the Class of 2023.

    He further mentioned that in spite of every challenge that each and every learner has faced nothing can stop them from reaching the top.

    In closing, he advised the Class of 2023 to try by all means to meet their educators half way.

    Mrs Busi Mahlambi, District Director of the uMlazi gave a big round of applause to the Class of 2023.

    “Principals of schools we are here to thank you for the wonderful work that you have been doing in schools, you are the hearts of the uMlazi District and without you we wouldn’t have been able to produce good results.

    In ensuring that leaners are headed in the right direction is very vital. We are here to strengthen, not only learners but the educators and parents as well. We hope for the best from the Class of 2023 and a good representative from all learners as uMlazi District and as a country as a whole,” said Mrs Busi Mahlambi.

    Venue : Glenmore Primary School

    Date: 21 September 2023

    Senior Management Support Meeting with Schools with a High Enrollment

    Today, The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Senior Management visited the uThukela District with the aim of supporting schools with high enrollment.

    The schools that were visited are as follows:

    * uJikele Secondary School;
    * Estcourt Senior Secondary School; and
    * Mpumelelo High School.

    The DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, led the school visits.

    Amongst the attendees present during the visit were Dr David Chonco: Chief Director, District Operations Management, the Programme Director, Mrs Sindi Zakuza - Njakazi, the Chief Director for Curriculum Management, Mrs Mapaseka Mokoena, the uThukela District Director, uThukela District Officials and Head Office Officials.

    The DDG: Curriculum Management, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko in his address to the Matriculants emphasized that, "Today we are here to remind you that you can make it even in this 38 days, you can still make it, this is your time, you can make it possible, you need to work hard and concentrate on your work nothing else," said Mr Mazibuko

    He also presented the Examination Study Tips Book to the Matriculants.

    Grade 12 learner from Estcourt Senior High, said, "After today's session, I'm going to work very hard towards my examination, I will use this booklet proffitable I'm sure that at the end of the year I'm going to pass my examinations", said Nokwanda Hadebe.

    "Phuma Esixukwini was the theme of the day"

    We are marching to a 100% pass rate.

    Venue: Mpumelelo High School

    Date : 21 September 2023

    3-Day Conference for Female Principals

    The Umhkathuzana CMC are hosting a 3-Days Female Principals Conference at St. Michael’s Beach Hotel Sands in Marget.

    The Keynote Address was delivered by Ms Ntokozo Maohumulo.

    Venue: St. Michael’s Beach Hotel Sands

    Date: 20 to 22 September 2023

    uMgungundlovu District hosts Women in Leadership Conference

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Umgungundlovu District celebrated and commemorated Women in Leadership.

    Amongst the attendees present were, Mr Mabinza the District Director, Mr B Simelane the CES in Teacher Development, Mrs Fikile Makhonza, Ms OD Sibiya the CES in Learning and Infrastructure and Ms Nxumalo- Former Principal, who was the motivational speaker.

    Umgungundlovu District Director: Mr Mabinza welcomed and acknowledged all the Women in Leadership.

    "There is no equal participation in the socio-economic for women empowerment, how women are contracted and oppressed in the access of leadership.

    Women will improve injustices in the education system and operations in schools.

    I encourage women to take up spaces in leadership.

    There must be job creation opportunities for women and active gender equality with reduction of gender inequality.

    The purpose of the day is to celebrate and commemorate women who fought against oppression and gender discrimination, also celebrating women hood in a form of leadership conference.

    Women are encouraged to unite and work collaboratively and find new strategies as they still face challenges like: Gender Based Violence (GBV), crime and gender inequality in schools.

    Furthermore to utilise opportunities presented by the Department and keep the circuit vibrant, also to see women developed and captivated and deliver more effectively", said District Director, Mr Mabinza.

    Messages of support were presented by organised labour, namely; SADTU, NATU, NAPTOSA.

    The conference was sponsored by Gamma, Sanlam, Mr Mohamed Moosa and Nashua organisations.

    Venue: Victoria Country Club

    Date: 21 September 2023

    Top Management Monitoring Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) and District Support Programme at Ugu and uMlazi Districts

    Today, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education visited the UGU and uMlazi Districts to monitor the Provincial Academic Improvement Plan and offer District Support in line with the response made by the MEC's call to monitor progress in the implementation of the Provincial Academic Improvement Plan.

    This programme is to offer support to the District, Circuits and to Schools.

    Amongst the attendees present were Advocate Bheki Masuku the DDG for Corporate Services, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko the DDG for Curriculum Delivery and Management, Mrs Sindi Zakuza-Njakazi the Chief Director for Curriculum Management, Dr Chonco and Ms TA Gumede the District Operations Chief Directors, Dr Ray Penniston the Chief Director for Examination and Assessment, UGU and uMlazi District MANCO, the Top Management Officials, Principals of High Enrollment schools and 1 Principal of T-40 School.

    Mrs Mahlambi, the uMlazi District Director Welcomed everyone as the host.

    She said, "Today marks 40 Days Countdown to the 2023 NSC Examinations.

    We need to make sure that our learners are well equipped and ready to sit down for the Final NSC Examinations with confidence."

    Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, the DDG for Curriculum Management and Delivery outlined the purpose of the meeting and said that the Department should be driven by the 2030 National Development Plan.


    The MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Mbali Frazer during her Budget Speech promised to improve on the following aspects:

    * Eliminate school that perform at 40% and below;

    * Improve performance of learners with Special Education Needs;

    * Improve the pass percentage and distinction in Mathematics and Sciences;

    * Improve the pass percentage in Tenchnology subjects;

    * Increase NSC Examinations pass rate to 100% with the minimum of 85% in 2023;

    *Increase the bachelor passes by 5% from 42% to 47%

    In order to achieve the MEC's commitments, we need to work very close as Head Office and District Office.

    The school principals were given an opportunity to share their best practices in the meeting.

    The race for excellence has no finishing line.

    Venue : Parkside Primary School, Umlazi District.

    Date: 20 September 2023

    MEC Frazer attends Mega Transport Career Expo in Ladysmith

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, today joined the Minister of Transport, Ms Sindi Chikunga at a Mega Transport Career Expo held in Uitvaal Sports Ground, in the uThukela District.

    The Expo was hosted by the Department of Transport as part of Government's initiatives to help learners from various schools within the uThukela District to understand the different career opportunities available in the transport sector.

    The programme targeted learners from Grades 7 to 11.

    During the Expo learners visited different exhibitions stands displayed by entities within the transport sector as well as institutions of Higher Learning.

    Learners also had an opportunity to enquire about careers of their interests as well as the necessary entrance requirements for such career paths.

    MEC Frazer urged learners to take advantage of this opportunity to enrich themselves with information that will positively impact on their lives.

    She further expressed her gratitude to the Department of Transport for the programmes they continue to implement for the purpose of uplifting the youth through education and career opportunities in the transportation industry.

    During her keynote address, Minister Chikunga expressed the importance of educating learners about career choices.

    “When we were in high school, no one taught us about career choices and different opportunities available in the transport sector.

    We don’t want you to experience the same problem, that is why we are here today," said Minister Chikunga.

    Venue: Uitvaal Sports Ground, in Ladysmith, uThukela District

    Date: 19 September 2023

    IDIP Workshop

    IDIP Workshop on Five District Management Processes Planning, Implementation, Monitoring, Feedback and Reporting.

    The Purpose of the IDIP Workshop is to understand the principles of the IDIP, the use of the planning methodology and lastly to engage in the use of the planning methodology and to develop District Plans.

    Venue: Grange Primary School

    Date:18 September 2023

    KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Schools Moot Court Competition 2023

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education in partnership with the Department of Justice and South African Human Rights Commission hosted the 2023 Provincial Moot Court Competition that was Chaired by Mr Kelvin Brourton, Senior Magistrate.

    The School Moot Court programme provides an opportunity for the entire legal profession of the country to be engaged with the promotion of the Constitution and the role of the law in our society.

    The purpose of the Moot Court is not only about the law but the founding values that holds together countries Constitutional Law.

    The School Moot Court programme has managed to explore various Sections of the Bill of Right such as Rights, Equality, Freedom of Expression and Human Dignity.

    The schools that participated were: Bhevu Secondary, Mathubesizwe Secondary, KwaPhikaziwa Secondary, Injoloba Secondary, Ngebeza Secondary, Port Shepstone Secondary, Mowat Park High, Ladysmith Secondary, Mandini Secondary and Sarel Cilliers High Schools.

    The winners are as follows:

    * Mathubesizwe High School: iLembe District

    * Bhevu High School: uThukela District

    * Mowat High School:
    uMlazi District

    * Sarel Cilliers High: uMzinyathi District

    The winners will represent the Province of KwaZulu-Natal at National Level which will be held at the University of Pretoria from 04 to 08 October 2023.

    Venue: Durban Magistrate Court

    Date: 16 September 2023

    The Official Opening of Xoloxolo Primary School by KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer in Kokstad

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together with the Head of Department for the Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo and Top Management Officials, Programme Director for the day, DDG: Corporate Management Services, Adv Bheki Masuku, DDG: Institutional Development and Support, Ms Weziwe Hadebe joined the MEC in the Official Opening of XoloXolo State-of-the-Art Smart School.

    The day started with a walkabout of the Grade R Classroom, the Media Room, Computer Centre, the Smart Classroom with a Smartboard that is linked to the internet, thereby, sharing connectivity to the neighbouring schools with live lessons.

    The New Smart School consists of 1 Administration Block, 25 Standard Classrooms , 5 Grade R Classrooms, 1 Garden Store, 1 Gate House, 1 School Nutrition Programme Kitchen, 6 Girls Toilets, 6 Boys Toilets, 2 Teachers Toilets (1 male, 1 urinary and 2 females) 1 toilet for disabled people with disabilities and landscaping.

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Harry Gwala District has Eight Smart Schools, namely, Bloemfontein Primary School, Emadungeni Secondary School, Entsikeni Senior Secondary School, Ginyiqhinga Senior Secondary School Nompumelelo Senior Secondary School, Pholela High School, Zakhele Primary School and XoloXolo Primary School.

    The ICT resources installed at XoloXolo Primary School include 1 Smart Interactive Screen, 1 Ultra-short throw Projector, 28 normal digital classroom Projectors, 29 Non-reflective Whiteboards, 1 chargeable Laptop trolley, 40 Learner Laptops, 25 teacher laptops, 1 Content Server, 1 Router with a Vodacom data Sim Card and 11 Access points.

    All the educators were trained on Office 365, which was done on 07 September 2023.

    The Educator's are able to utilize the existing ICT equipment.

    The smart school is equipped with Wi-Fi and Internet connection and the curriculum content is loaded on the server.

    Venue: XoloXolo Primary School, Kokstad, Harry Gwala District.

    Date: 15 September 2023

    Official Opening of Xoloxolo Primary School by KZN MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer in Kokstad

    The community of Kokstad received a brand new State-of-the-Art school constructed by the KZN Department of Education to the tune of R56 Million.

    The Programme Director was the DDG: Corporate Management a Services, Adv Bheki Masuku.

    The newly State-of-the-Art school has 25 Classrooms with modern IT Learning Aids, Toilets for Boys and Girls, a huge Administration Block, Computer Rooms and all the amenities that fits the description of a world class learning institution.

    “Consistent with our objectives of creating a conducive environment for teaching and learning to efficiently take place, the Department continues to implement various education infrastructure programmes across KwaZulu-Natal.

    The aim of these programmes is to address backlogs in education infrastructure across the province as well as to ensure excellence and compliance with Norms and Standards of schools”, said MEC Frazer during the 2023/24 Budget presentation.

    Accomping MEC Frazer was the KZNDOE's HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, who thanked the community for taking care of the school.

    HOD Ngcobo introduced the Guest Speaker, KZN MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer to deliver her Keynote address.

    Venue: Xoloxolo Primary School, Kokstad.

    Date: 15 September 2023

    Branch Corporate Services Management Performance Information Workshop

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Branch Corporate Services held a Performance Information Workshop, that was Chaired by Advocate Bheki Masuku, DDG for Corporate Management, with the Corporate Management Officials to discuss the Planning, Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation for the Financial Year 2023/ 24 and 2024/25.

    The purpose of the Workshop was to provide an overview of the plans for the Branch that drives the strategy, to present the outcomes linked to the strategic focus, to present planning approach and concepts, to reflect on the 2022/23 plans and to present 2024/25 Plans including Planning templates for 2024/25.

    The focus is mainly on the 8 priorities for the Education Sector which are Basic Services, Job Creation, Growing the Economy, Growing SMMEs and Cooperative, Education and Skills Development, Human Settlements and Sustainable Livelihood, Building a Peaceful Province and building a caring and incorruptible Government.

    The Impact is a change in conditions and is the result of achieving specific outcomes such as reducing poverty or creating jobs.
    The outcomes are the medium-term results for the specific beneficiaries which are the consequences of achieving specific outputs.

    Venue: Main Hall, Dokkies, 321 ZK Mathews Rd, Umbilo.

    Date: 14 September 2023

    KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Spelling BEE Competition 2023

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education hosted the 2023 KZN Provincial Spelling BEE Competition today.

    The winners are as follows:
    First position - Maharaj Mithali from Umlazi District.

    Second position - Yousuf Khadija from uMgungundlovu District.

    Third position - Singh Ashton from Pinetown District.

    The winners will participate at the National Spelling BEE Competition in the near future.

    Venue: Resmount Primary School

    Date: 14 September 2023

    MEC Frazer assessed the Academic Improvement Programme and Monitored the Examination in progress at Kwadinabakubo Secondary School in Molweni

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, today visited KwaDinabakubo Secondary School, in Molweni, Pinetown District, to monitor the response to the Department’s Academic Improvement Programme as well as the ongoing Matric Trial Examinations exams.

    Her visit also included an inspection in loco and to assess the condition of the school building, because the principal of KwaDinabakubo Secondary School previously reported some infrastructure challenges.

    The principal, Mr Ngidi today told MEC Frazer that work is already in progress in the school to address the infrastructure challenges.

    KwaDinabakubo reported that the challenges that resulted in the poor performance of last year's Matric Class emanated from the 2022 learner cohort that was not cooperative and were not attending planned intervention classes that were designed to assist them.

    Mr Ngidi further reported that they are confident their Class of 2023 will get 80% pass rate because the learners are responding positively to programmes that are meant to assist them.

    The school obtained a 68% pass rate in 2020, 72% in 2021 and 59.2% in 2022.

    MEC Frazer used the opportunity to also motivate educators and encouraged them to work hard to improve KwaDinabakubo's academic results.

    She further told learners to use their time wisely and prioritise their studies.

    “You have about 48 days before your final NSC Examinations. This is your time to prepare for your best matric results so that you are in a better position to further your studies next year.

    NSFAS is waiting for you. I wish you all the best," said MEC Frazer to the Matric Learners.

    MEC Frazer was accompanied by Mr Kheswa, the Pinetown District Director, and Advocate Mahlangu who is the CES in Mhlathuzana CMC.

    Venue: KwaDinabakubo Secondary School, Pinetown District

    Date: 14 September 2023

    Class of 2023 – MEC Frazer Rings the School Bell Alerting the education sector to the 50 Days Count Down to the 2023 NSC Examinations

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, together with the Top Management of the KZN Department of Education, conducted a 50-Days Countdown Event before the start of the 2023 NSC Examinations.

    Among the attendees were officials of the Department, various education stakeholders, educators and learners.

    Mr Mazibuko, DDG: Branch Curriculum Management and Delivery outlined the purpose of the event and announced, that the previous Class of 2022 obtained 83% pass rate in the NSC Examinations.

    Therefore, the Class of 2023 is expected to obtain a 100% pass rate, if they fail at least they should obtain a 83% pass rate.

    Speaking to a packed hall of learners that came from various schools in the District, the DDG announced, that "we are here today to remind our learners, that time is now against us.

    We, are also here to motivate you that you can all make it if you can start right now to focus more attention to your studies, only your studies," said Mr Mazibuko.

    DDG Mazibuko concluded by wishing the Class of 2023 all the best.

    Venue: Steadville Secondary School

    Date: 12 September 2023

    Ministerial Academic Intervention Visit by MEC Frazer

    The MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Mbali Frazer visited Silindokuhle Secondary School to encourage the Principal and SMT to work extra hard and to monitor the school's academic intervention plan, with only 50 Days Countdown to the 2023 NSC Examinations.

    The Ministerial visit follows the School’s poor performance in the 2022 NSC Examinations.

    The MEC hopes for a better performance in the 2023 NSC Examinations results.

    Venue: Silindokuhle Secondary School, uThukela District.

    Date: 12 September 2023

    Sod Turning Ceremony in the uThukela District

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer performed the Sod Turning Ceremony to construct a State-of-the-Art Sindingulwazi Primary School in the Alfred Duma Municipality under the uThukela District this morning.

    MEC Frazer also introduced the contractor to the school community.

    Venue: uThukela District.

    Date: 12 September 2023

    Sod Turning Ceremony in the uThukela District

    MEC Frazer Handed-over Construction Site for Sidingulwazi Primary School in Rural Ladysmith

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer introduced a contractor to the community of Mbulwane and handed-over the site for construction of a State-of-the-Art Sindingulwazi Primary School worth R73.3 million today in the Alfred Duma Municipality under the uThukela District.

    The construction project for the school consists of 3 phases. Phase 1A: Existing school. Consists of 12 Park home classrooms (20 classes), 2 Grade R classes, 10 portable chemical girls toilet and 5 portable chemical boys toilet, 1 park home teacher's ablution, 1 carport to accommodate 16 vehicles.

    Phase 1B: New school to be constructed part 1. Consists of 28 standard classrooms, 3 multipurpose classrooms, 1 media centre, 1 computer Classroom, 14 girls toilets, 12 boys toilets/urinals, 1 disabled toilet, 10m elevated pressed steel water tank (48 hrs storage), Jo-jo water tanks, Civil engineering services, temporary fencing.

    Phase 2A: Demolition of existing school. Consists of 5 grade R classrooms, 1 team teaching classroom, 1 administrative block, 1 counseling suite, general storeroom, gate house, School Nutrition Programme Kitchen, 6 teacher's toilets,

    Phase 2B consists of 1 disabled toilet, 6 Grade R toilets and 1 staff toilet, 39 parking bays, new perimeter fence, Grade R playground facilities.

    Phase 2C: New school to be constructed part 3 which consists of 9 parking bays, 862m concrete assembly area, playfield (65x35m), Electrical engineering services and general landscaping grassing

    MEC Frazer announced that the construction period for this project is estimated to be 20 months, and that the project will be concluded in May 2025.

    She stressed that the main contractor must ensure that local people benefits from this project.

    “It is important for us to make sure that local people do benefit from projects that are implemented in their area. Emerging local contractors must benefit from this project and local people must be employed,” said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer further pleaded with the community to play their part in protecting the project and in ensuring that there are no disruptions.

    Venue: Sidingulwazi Primary School, uThukela District.

    Date: 12 September 2023

    ECD Stakeholders Consultative Forum

    The ILembe District hosted their ECD Stakeholders Consultative Forum Meeting held today at their District Office.

    Venue: ILembe District Office, Stanger.

    Date: 08 September 2023

    Annual Cultural Festival held at eNyokeni Royal Palace

    The MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Mbali Frazer met with Girl Learners from Amangwane High School, under the uThukela District, on their arrival from the Umkhosi woMhlanga, an Annual Cultural Festival held at eNyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma, Zululand.

    Venue: eNyokeni Royal Palace

    Date:10 September 2023

    Two-day Council of Education Ministers (CEM) Meeting

    Day-2 - The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, together with the Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo were in attendance at a two-day Council of Education Ministers (CEM) Meeting currently underway at the Emperors Palace, in Kempton Park.

    The CEM was chaired by the Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga will discuss educational issues which are; Early Inclusive Education, Skills and competencies for a changing world, Learner Support and Learning Recovery.

    Date: Emperors Palace, in Kempton Park.

    Date: 07-08 September 2023

    Meeting with Vodacom on Learner Management System (LMS)

    The ICT Steering Committee of the KZN Department of Education led by the DDG Curriculum Delivery and Management, held a meeting with Vodacom to engage and discuss the Department’s Learners Management System.

    Amongst the attendees were ICT Steering Committee representatives which includes the following Directorates: Information Technology, Legal Services, EMIS, ELITS, Communications, Teacher Development, Governance and Management Education and Vodacom Representatives.

    Vodacom presented on prioritizing the digital future for learners and on blended e-Learning excellence, to be ready for the coming jobs since the aim of this meeting was to improve the education trends and enhance learning administration.

    Venue: Anton Lembede MST Academy

    Date 08 September 2023

    Class of 2023 - 50 Days Countdown Planning Meeting

    The DDG for Curriculum Delivery and
    Management, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, Chaired the 50 Days Countdown Planning Meeting ahead of the 2023 NSC Final Examinations.

    The meeting was held at the Anton Lembede Maths, Science and Technology (MST) Academy today.

    The aim of the 50 Days Countdown is to create awareness and to alert learners, parents, and members of the community that there are few days left before learners sit to write their Grade 12 Examinations, the culmination of 12 years of schools.

    Among other matter discussed during this meeting were the advocacy programmes, namely, Examinations, Provincial Prayer, and Signing of the Pledge.

    Venue: Anton Lembede MST Academy

    Date: 06 September 2023

    Premier’s Engagement with Stakeholders

    KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube, hosted stakeholders from various sectors for an engagement today, 05 September 2023 in Greyville Racecourse, Durban.

    MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Mbali Frazer, was amongst the MECs who attended the event. MEC Frazer also had an opportunity to introduce the Premier who was a keynote speaker.

    Premier Dube-Ncube later handed over grants to the successful applicants who requested financial support from provincial government.

    Venue: Greyville Racecourse, Durban

    Date: 05 September 2023

    Inter-Departmental Social ills Prevention Campaign 2023

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education invited 800 Learners from the 12 KZN Districts to be part of the Inter-Departmental Social Iils Prevention Campaign held today in KwaMashu.

    Amongst the Guest Speakers were Dr Reginah Mhaule, the Deputy Minister of the Department of Basic Education (DBE), the KZN MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, Deputy Minister Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, Deputy Minister Njabulo Nzunza, Deputy Minister SP Holomisa and Prince Africa Zulu from the Royal House.

    It has become obvious that some of the challenges that the schools find themselves in are not the issues that emanate from the school but are challenges that migrate themselves from communities to the schools and they impact negatively in terms of what the school is about.

    The schools are about teaching and learning and the performance, however the Social Ills that the communities find themselves in have a potential to destabilize the functionality of the schools.

    The Learners were advised to focus on their studies as education will be their only tickets to success, that they should stay away from Drugs and Substance Abuse. Must not involve themselves in Sexual Relations as this leads to teenage pregnancy. Say No to Bullying, No to Violence, No to Drugs, No to teenage pregnancy.

    Venue: KwaMashu Christian Centre.

    Date: 31 August 2023.

    Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign (QLTC) in the Harry Gwala District

    Lendaba yemfundo esezingeni eliphezulu eyethu sonke # working together making QLTC a reality in the Harry Gwala District.

    Educators and Learners pledged their support at the QLTC Launch.

    Venue: Harry Gwala District

    Date: 04 September 2023

    Upelomagama Competition

    The UGU District TLS - GET held an Ukuhluzwa Kwemibhalo for Grade 4 and Grade 9 Upelomagama Competition today.

    Venue: Marburg Secondary School.

    Date: 31 August 2023

    SADTU KwaZulu-Natal Choral Music Festival 2023

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, was amongst the dignitaries who attended the SADTU Choral Music Festival, which was held at the Rossburgh High School, in Durban, today.

    The event saw dozens of SADTU members showcasing their musical talents as they performed some of the familiar and unique compositions.

    They filled the hall of Rossburgh High School with their melodic voices in a grand spectacle display of their exceptional talents.

    Speaking during the Choral Music Festival, MEC Frazer, expressed her profound gratitude to all the members of SADTU who have dedicated their lives to fulfilling the commitment of the ANC-led Government to open all doors of education.

    "You are the candles that light the path for the future leaders of this country-our learners.

    Your dedication and hard work do not go unnoticed, and I am confident that you will continue to lead our learners to success," she said to all educators in attendance.

    MEC Frazer also thanked SADTU for consistently investing in the development of educators and school management teams. She said this has contributed significantly to uplifting the education sector.

    Venue: Rossburgh High School

    Date: 02 September 2023

    Women's Month Celebration 2023

    Ladies from the uMgungundlovu District held an elegant event today at 169 Hoosen Haffejee Street in Pietermaritzburg.

    This event marked the end of the Women's Month Celebration and simultaneously welcomed Spring, the flower bearing season.

    Venue: uMgungundlovu District

    Date: 01 September 2023

    ILembe District Mental Maths Competition 2023

    KZN Department of Education's ILembe District held a successful Mental Maths Competition

    Venue: ML Sultan Campus

    Date: 29 August 2023

    Anton Lembede Annual MST Academy Science and Innovation Day

    The Anton Lembede MST Academy hosted its 3rd Annual Science and Innovation Day under the theme "Developing responsible citizens through nurturing and advancing science and technology."

    Amongst the VIPs dignitaries present were the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's MEC, Ms Mbali Frazer, Mr Vivian Reddy, Businessman, Dr Mahaye, the Deputy Chairperson of the School, Ms Ntokozo Maphumulo the Treasurer.

    The learners presented and demonstrated their projects to the guests as follows:

    Every Cent Counts project- The App is to help people save every cent.

    The presentation was made by Khuzwayo Maya, Mchunu Ndalwenhle and Madiya Asifunde.

    Solar Fourways Traffic System Project - The project is aimed at reducing loadshedding and reduce crime in our country.

    The presentation was made by Mazibuko Libongwe, Mnyaka Owami and Mnukwa Unami.

    Elect Easy System - An App that allows the youth access and to avoid long queues and corruptions that occurs during voting time. The aim is to make voting easier for everyone.

    The presentation was made by Gugu Mhlongo, Msani Lungelo and Magubane Zanezibusiso, the History students.

    National Crime Alert Boom Gate Project - Focusing on car hijacking, cars to have barcodes embedded in the car, the boomgate will close as the car approaches and scans it. This will help locate the exact location of a stolen car.

    The presentationba made by Chita Sthandiwe and Buthelezi Zekhethelo

    Fire Protection System 3.0. Project - It is aimed to reinforce shack walls with starlite, to introduce a technological Innovation which will reduce the workload of the fire fighters and also to help the community members to get all the assistance they need.

    The presentation was made by Mbambo Zanokuhle, Dube Siyamuthanda and Ntombela Alwande.

    Isibheqe Learning App - Aimed at teaching to write all the South African Languages in the same way using Isibheqe.

    The presentation was made by Cetyana Yandisile, Gigaba Zanokuhle and Mthembu Luthando.

    Automated Home System Project -

    The system is aimed at saving water and electricity, it uses senses to work and saves electricity while sleeping.

    The presentation was made by Khumalo Thobeka and Shozi Siyethaba.

    English learning App Project - The App is called ALMSTA App, it provides a digital platform that enhances learning experiences and engagement for users. It targets learners of various ages and educational levels.

    The presentation was made by Ngubo Karabo, Mthethwa Melokuhle and Hadebe Awabongwe.

    Green City Project - Green Cities are identified as those that are environmentally friendly.

    It encourages planting of more trees, using public transport and bicycles. Having solar power on all the buildings.

    Reducing chemical and physical hazards.

    The presentation was made by Ndima Anathi, Cele Amahle and Skiti Zamatshatshu.

    Wave Power Generation Project -

    Technology that harnesses the power of the ocean to generate clean and abundant electricity.

    The creation of a wave power harnessing mechanism is a step forward into South Africa.

    The presentation was made by Thipa Lefa and Miranda Carl.

    Venue: Anton Lembede MST Academy, La Mercy

    Date: 01 September 2023

    UNICEF Foundation Phase (Six Bricks) Training Workshop

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Educations' General Education and Training (GET) and Early Childhood Development (ECD) Directorates in partnership with UNICEF and Class Act organised a Training Workshop on the use of Six Bricks (Learning
    Through Play)

    The goal is to increase the number of Grade 3 Learners to master the minimum language and numeracy competencies to improve the access of quality ECD.

    The Training Workshop was attended by CES TLS: GET, Grades R to 3 Subject Advisors for all subjects.

    The Subject Advisors, together with UNICEF Trainers, will be expected to train SMTs and all Grades R to 3 Teachers in the Province.

    Venue: Coastlands Umhlanga

    Date: 30 August 2023

    KwaPata Secondary School Celebrates Excellence in the SASCE Championship

    The uMgungundlovu District congratulated KwaPata Secondary School for attaining First position in two categories (Western Piece and Male Voice) at the 2023 National ABC Motsepe SASCE Championship.

    The school received a total prize money of R40 000 in the Championship.

    The District MANCO also congratulated Mr Nkanyiso Mkhize, the Choir Conductor, who was crowned as the best conductor in Secondary Schools Section at the National Championship held in June 2023.

    Venue: KwaPata High School, uMgungundlovu district

    Date: 29 August 2023

    Inanda Lasuka Lahlala - Sports against Crime

    An initiative by the Inanda Lasuka Lahlala - Sports against Crime was hosted in partnership with KZN Department of Education, KZN Sport, Arts and Culture, UKZN, IEC, Ethekwini Municipality, Sport and Recreation, uKhozi Radio, Inanda Radio and the Octavia.

    The sport codes were Netball and Football High School Games. The prizes were, winners boys and girls R10 000.00 to buy school sporting equipments and the runner-up boys and girls R5 000.00 to buy school sporting equipments.

    In addition school soccer balls, trophies and medals will be handed to the winners.

    Venue: JL Dube Ohlange Stadium

    Date: 25 - 26 August 2023

    2023 Young Women's Symposium

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, today attended the 2023 Young Women's Symposium held at the Umlazi Cinema Hall, in eThekwini.

    The theme for this year's symposium is; "Strengthening young women's participation in democratic processes and their representation in governance".

    The event was attended by youth delegates representating different parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

    The delegates engaged on various topics including an overview of how young women are mobilised to participate in democratic processes.

    Speakers who took to the podium tackled issues relating to gender inequality, women representation in political parties, gender-based violence and advocating women's rights across all spheres of society.

    Venue: Umlazi Cinema Hall, eThekwini.

    Date: 29 August 2023

    2023 Congress of South African Students (COSAS) KZN Women in Leadership Programme

    The KZN MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer was the Guest Speaker at the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) KZN Women in Leadership Programme held in Clermont.

    Venue: Clermont Hall, Clermont.

    Date: 18 August 2023

    Adopt a School

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Hlokohloko Primary School under the Ubombo CM
    Wawa in the Mkhanyakude District was upgraded and renovated kindly sponsored by Adopt a School Foundation, on behalf of African Bank and Bungane Foundation.

    The KZN MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer welcomed the private sector partnership of adopt a school, which, helps providing quality education in the rural communities.

    Venue: Hlokohloko Primary School.

    Date: 28 August 2023

    A successful Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign (QLTC) Lauch at Engwaqa Primary School

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Harry Gwala District held a successful QLTC Lauch at Engwaqa Primary School under the Entsikeni Circuit Umzimkhulu CMC/Harry Gwala District.

    Venue: Engwaqa Primary School

    Date: 28 August 2023

    Operation Sukuma Sakhe (OSS) / District Development Model (DDM) Cabinet Day: Zululand District

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo is being briefed in the War Room at Mchikeki Secondary School and the War Room Report is as follows:

    • Water challenges;
    • Road are not in a good condition;
    • Fundukhaliphe High School, the community was told that the school was going to be renovated, to date nothing has been done;
    • Agriculture, communication between the Department and community is a challenge;
    • Would like a Technical High School in the area, because not all Learners are academically inclined;
    • Request Youth programs in the area; and
    • Request ECD Facilities in Ward 11.

    Venue: Mchikeki Secondary School, Municipality, Nongoma Local Municipality, Ward 11

    Date: 27 August 2023

    Inkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History Awards

    The Department of Basic Education hosted the INkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History Awards in Groutville High School, in Ilembe District today 26 August 2023.

    The purpose of the event was to celebrate the remarkable talent of Learners who have excelled in Oral History.

    Today’s programme commenced with a visit to the gravesite of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and struggle stalwart INkosi Albert Luthuli and his wife Mam’ Nokukhanya Luthuli, where MEC Frazer along with Dr Albertina Luthuli who is the daughter of INkosi Albert Luthuli, laid a wreath as a symbol honouring them.

    During her Keynote Address at the awards ceremony, MEC Frazer encouraged Learners to keep up their good work, and told them to further their studies beyond Matric.

    “My dear Learners, I want you to remember that your goal is within reach – your perseverance is commendable, and your dreams are worth pursuing. Your education journey must not end here; seize every opportunity to further your studies and continue because that will arm you with the tools to contribute to our society and nation”, said MEC Frazer

    Venue: Groutville High School, Ilembe District

    Date: 26 August 2023

    Premier’s Substance Abuse Imbizo, hosted under the Harry Gwala District

    Premier’s Engagement held with SGBs and SMTs with 157 schools in the Harry Gwala District.

    The main purpose for the engagement with the SGB’s and SMT’ is to have a discussion on School Intervention Programme on teenage pregnancy, school safety and other social ills.

    In attendance at the Imbizo were, Councillor JS Mzizi Mayor of UMzimkhulu, LM, Councillor Mavuma, Doctor Chonco, Chief Director of Education, Ms Ntombela in her presentation, Harry Gwala District Director and Ward Councillor Mr Dlamini.

    “The Drug issue has become a very huge problem, which leads Learners to carrying inappropriate weapons like guns and knives to schools which causes learners to easily get distracted and lose focus.

    Ensuring that Learners are in a safe learning environment is very essential, hence schools have created programs like Art Day, where Learners get to showcase their talents by being given an opportunity to present speeches under the topics like, Fighting Drug Abuse, Fighting Teenage Pregnancy as well as fighting Bullying in schools”, said Doctor Chonco, Chief Director of Education in his address.

    Venue: Harry Gwala District

    Date: 25 August 2023

    Operation Sukuma Sakhe (OSS) / District Development Model (DDM) Cabinet Day: Zululand District

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo is being briefed in the War Room at Mchikeki Secondary School and the War Room Report is as follows:

    • Water challenges;
    • Road are not in a good condition;
    • Fundukhaliphe High School, the community was told that the school was going to be renovated, to date nothing has been done;
    • Agriculture, communication between the Department and community is a challenge;
    • Would like a Technical High School in the area, because not all Learners are academically inclined;
    • Request Youth programs in the area; and
    • Request ECD Facilities in Ward 11.

    Venue: Mchikeki Secondary School, Municipality, Nongoma Local Municipality, Ward 11

    Date: 27 August 2023

    Grade 12 Study Camp for the Matric Trial Examination

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's uMlazi District held a Grade 12 Study Camp in preparation for the Matric Trial Examination at Phambili Secondary School in the uMlazi District.

    Venue: Phambili Secondary School, uMlazi District

    Date: 26 August 2023

    Annual Spelling BEE Competition uMlazi District Finals

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Umlazi District hosted an Annual Spelling Bee Competition. The purpose of the competition is to uplift, monitor and develop the progress of Intermediate Phase Learners as a major motive of the Department is to have quality reading and literacy.

    Ms Zandile Radebe, programme director opened and welcomed the learners, adjudicators, officials, guests and the guest speaker, Mrs Busi Metu Mahlambi.

    The uMlazi District Director, Mrs Busi Metu Mahlambi in her Keynote Address, said, “A healthy competition will help learners grow and develop skills in a sportsmanship manner, unfortunately we don’t always win all the time, loosing doesn’t mean you are not capable but you gain another chance to excell and get the ability to handle pressure. All the participants of the Spelling Bee Competition are considered to be winners. Always remember that Readers are Leaders."

    The winners are:

    First - Mithali Maharaj - Effingham Heights Primary School;
    Second - Azania Khumalo - Briardale Primary School; and
    Third - Joel Govender - WillowPark Primary School.

    The top 3 district winners will represent the uMlazi District at Provincial Level.

    Venue: Gordon Road Girls Primary School.

    Date: 25 August 2023.