MEC Sipho Hlomuka Words of encouragement for Grades 12 Learners

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Mr Sipho Hlomuka encourages especially, Grade 12 Learners to continue studying during the winter holidays, in Booth Camps in order to improve the Province’s pass rate to become Number 1 in South Africa.

    MEC Sipho Hlomuka also encourages parents to work with the Department, as a Government we have a plan to increase the pass rate moving forward maintaining an upward trajectory.

    Venue: MEC's Office.

    Date: 20 June 2024

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    Newly Appointed MEC Sipho Hlomuka met KZNDOE’s Top Management

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Mr Sipho Hlomuka met with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Top Management today, in the MEC’s Boardroom, Truro House, Durban.

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

    Date: 20 June 2024.

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    Bilateral Meeting between MEC Sipho Hlomuka and HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Mr. Sipho Hlomuka, held a bilateral meeting with the KZNDOE’s Head of Department, Mr. Nkosinathi Ngcobo today at the MEC’s Boardroom in Truro House.

    Venue: MEC’s Boardroom, Truro House, Durban.

    Date: 20 June 2024 at 10H00.

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    “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow Initiative"

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education in partnership with MTN hosted the “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow Initiative" held at the Adams Collage in Umbumbulu CMC under the UMlazi District.

    In celebration of 30 years, MTN's main focus being giving back to the communities in preparing the students for a prosperous future.

    The main goal of the event was to encourage the use of AI by inviting 5 schools to present a robot and show case their innovative ideas in the technological space as we are in the 4th Industrial Revolution in the digital space.

    The yellow care drive by MTN is designed to support and add digital centres in rural arears by empowering schools and learners.

    This program is to identify talented Learners who have interests in the digital space with innovative skills and ideas in the coding, robotics and artificial intelligence space moreover connect schools with modern Technology.

    The five schools that participated and presented were, Sibusisiwe Comp Tech, Sobonakhona Secondary, Zuzumqhele Secondary and Ullovu Secondary.

    The criteria for the selection of winners are creativity, innovation, design and presentation.

    The stellar presentation of robots by Learners saw the event being a major success, outlining the vision of the Department of Education by bringing an innovative hub for quality teaching and learning.

    Venue: Adams Collage Umbumbulu KwaZulu-Natal
    District: UMlazi District

    Date: 14 June 2024

    Farewell Celebration of Ms Thulisile Muntu Brenda Ntombela

    The community of Menzi High School in the UMlazi District proudly hosted a distinguished Farewell Ceremony to honor Ms Thulisile Muntu Brenda Ntombela, an exceptional educator with an illustrious 30-year career in the service to the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, including seven years as Principal after the former principal the late Mr FH Mshololo with a consistent 100% pass rate.

    Throughout the speeches, Ms Ntombela was hailed as the guiding light, illuminating the entire community with her boundless love and unwavering passion.

    This was evident in the Class of 2023, who sung praises about Ms Ntombela for the support she provided to them.

    The event was graced by the distinguished presence of the Phumelela Circuit Manager, Mr Bukhosibakhe Mzolo.

    In his address, he mentioned that "We are here to celebrate a leader who never chased after positions, she started her teaching career at Menzi in 1985. Ms Ntombela was part of the team who made Menzi High School a well-known school not only in the Province but in the whole country, " said Mr Mzolo.

    Venue: Menzi High School, Sports Grounds.

    Date: 14 June 2024

    Top Performing Schools in a Meeting with the uMlazi District Director: Mrs BN Mahlambi

    Today, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's uMlazi District Director: Mrs BN Mahlambi has called a meeting with all Top Performing Schools in the District to commend, engage, encourage and provide support in preparation for the Grade 12, Class of 2024 NSC Examinations, being around the bend, in 4 months time.

    Supporting the District Director are Members of the District MANCO.

    Venue: West Park School.

    Date: 12 June 2024.

    UMlazi District - Meeting of Top Performing Schools

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s uMlazi District hosted a Meeting of Top Performing Schools today.

    The uMlazi District Director: Mrs BN Mahlambi welcomed and expressed her gratitude to all the UMlazi District Officials and Principals who collectively ushered the District to the Number 8th position in the Province and with 20 schools achieving a 100% pass mark in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results.

    "The purpose of this gathering is for us to celebrate you and for our visionary leaders to share expertise and to emphasize our responsibility of maintaining our 100% pass rate", remarked Mrs Mahlambi.

    In her address the District Director, Mrs Mahlambi encouraged officials to work smart, strive for higher Bachelors pass rate and to do away with Higher Certificate pass rate.

    "I have to appreciate the underperforming schools, that have managed to pull themselves out of that situation because of applying strategies to improve quality learner performance" said the District Director.

    Ms J Govender: Project Manager for the Department of Basic Education stressed the importance of sustaining good performance and improving it, yet carefully ensuring to never decline.

    Thereafter, presentations followed from school principals, outlining the strategies they used to achieve high percentage pass marks.

    District MANCO Members also contributed to the presentations and engagements of the day all under the shared theme of aiming for the best possible performance.

    Venue: West Park Special School.

    Date: 12 June 2024

    Day 4: uMgungundlovu District SASCE Competition.

    The Department of Education's uMgungundlovu District hosted the last day of the much anticipated South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE) Music Competition. The event took place during 5-8 June 2024.

    The final day of the District Competition saw high school battle it off on the stage.

    SASCE seeks to encourage choral music and assist learners to develop their musical skills and appreciation for various musical genres.

    Mrs Mjwara, Deputy Director: HR Services, representing the District Director, Mr S Mabinza, acknowledged the educators for the hard work they put in to SASCE as well as ensuring that they deliver the curriculum effectively. She also expressed gratitude to principals and parents for permitting and supporting their learners to participate in the event.

    The adjudicating team applauded all the winners on their excellent performances and offered to provide music support to schools in UMgungundlovu District.

    The winners will represent the District at the Provincial Competition.

    Venue: Maritzburg College, PMB.

    Date: 08 June 2024.

    Day 3 - UMgungundlovu District SASCE Competition

    The Department of Education's uMgungundlovu District hosted the much anticipated South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE) Music Competition. The event took place on 5-8 June 2024.

    Day three saw the Intermediate Phase (Grades 5-7) ascend the stage to deliver what they had been practicing for some time. SASCE sought to encourage various musical genres as well as artistic endeavours in schools.

    Mrs Thokozile Ndlovu, who is part of the adjudicating team, shared the judges remarks and urged educators and parents to allow learners to participate in school choirs because they promote cleanliness, punctuality and discipline.

    The winners will represent the District at the Provincial Competition.

    Venue: Maritzburg College, Pmburg

    Date: 07 June 2024.

    Day 2 - UMgungundlovu District SASCE Result

    1. Foundation (Grade 3-4 )
    African: Thuto
    3 KwaShange 64,33
    2 Uminathi 67,67
    3 Siyamu 74

    Western: To God be the glory
    3 Northern Park Primary School 62,33
    2 Sbongamandla Primary School 65
    1 Siyamu Primary School 68

    2. Farm Schools Primary
    Sextet: Masakhe Umzantsi
    3 Uminathi 53
    2 Crystal's Springs 67.67
    1 Eiseideln 69,67

    Chamber Choir
    Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
    1 Eiseideln 72

    3. Farm Schools Secondary

    Mixed Double Quartet :Wonk'muntu Ontsundu

    2 Uminathi 61
    1 Eiseideln 66,33

    Chamber Choir: Song of Peace
    2 Uminathi 62
    1 Eiseideln 68.

    Venue: UMgungundlovu District.

    Date: 07 June 2024.

    Head Office Monitoring and Support Visit - uThukela District

    The Arrival of the DDG for Institutional Development Support (IDS), Ms Weziwe Hadebe at Dr Joseph Shabalala Secondary School ahead of the DDG's Monitoring and Support Visit of the uThukela District.

    Venue: Dr Joseph Shabalala Secondary School

    Date: 07 June 2024

    Head Office visits the uThukela District to Monitor and provide Support

    As the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education intensifies efforts to take the number one spot in the country in terms of performance, today, Head office descended on the uThukela District to provide academic support that will see all the schools in the District performing well.

    Led by Deputy Director-General for Institutional Development Support (IDS), Ms Weziwe Hadebe, the team which included Chief Directors for District Operations Management, Dr David Chonco and Ms Thembelihle Gumede, indicated that the visit was mainly aimed at improving the performance of the District.

    Speaking at the beginning of the session, DDG Hadebe said as the Department they had a duty to ensure that all the Districts are supported in an effort to ensure that KwaZulu-Natal performs well at the end of the year.

    “Our biggest aim is to take the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education to number one position in the country in terms of performance.

    For us to be able to achieve that, we will need to work very hard and that includes what we are doing by visiting various Districts in the Province to offer support that is key in taking us to the top”, said DDG Hadebe.

    The visit to UThukela District comes hot on the heels of another one in the King Cetshwayo District. Many other Districts are still to be visited in an effort to take the Department to the top.

    Venue: Mpumelelo High School, Loskop

    Date: 06 June 2024

    Conference on the Importance of School Governing Bodies for a Functional School

    The KwaZulu-Natal Education Trust (KZNEDT), in collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education and Teacher Unions, hosted a very important Conference on the Importance of School Governing Bodies (SGBs) for a Functional School.

    The Conference featured a comprehensive presentation by Acting Chief Director: Curriculum Planning, Mr Skhumbuzo Manganye on the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill, (BELA).

    He underscored that the law is firmly grounded on various sources, including the Constitution, pieces of Legislation, and Case Law.

    The School Governing is a creature of statute, meaning that it operates strictly according to what the law stipulates and is also an organ of the state.

    The main features of the Bill include the new definition of Basic Education, from Grade R, instead of from Grade 1; Special Education Needs; Compulsory School Attendance from Grade R; Language Policy having to be submitted to the Head of Department; Code of Conduct no longer must be subject to the provincial law, but the supreme law of the land, the Constitution; and that Corporal Punishment banishment now extends to a school activity.

    One of the most important amendments in the Bill is to allow the SGB to accept an affidavit from a single parent when applying for an exemption to pay fees.

    This is particularly important because many single parents have been deliberately frustrated by a partner when seeking to regularize matters with schools to benefit a child.

    The teacher unions, SADTU and NAPTOSA, expressed their full support for the conference and the important role of SGBs.

    They also called for policy coordination with private entities involved in education. SADTU called for a new partnership on SGBs to address imbalances and for training to be based on situations prevailing at schools instead of a one-size-fits-all.

    They further called for extending the terms of office of Members of SGBs to allow them to be empowered in Governance. The SADTU representative further called for the development of VOLGS, (Vision, Operational, Organisational and Leadership in Governance as Schools) Model.

    NAPTOSA emphasized the need to ensure that when the Bill is passed, the provincial and other level of administrations are ready to implement the changes.

    Parent Associations emphasized various points, including the following: Some principals use SGBs as mere rubber stamps, and therefore, the empowerment of Members of the SGBs is crucial, appreciating interventions in special schools.

    Parents Association of KZN’s Vee Gani said that the BELA Bill puts more pressure on the SGBs than on the Teacher Union or Education Staff. He also said the BELA Bill should have linked the corporate punishment clause to the criminal justice system.

    A presentation also advocated for different approaches including leveraging technology, adult learning, and covering various areas of training of SGBs such as learner discipline, etc.

    Presenting on what research tells us about school governing bodies, Professor V Chikoko of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Education, said, “If a governing body does not have women, they must go back and start afresh.

    Mr Shangase from UMlazi District presented all the 4 Districts that were present which included, the UGU, UMgungundlovu and Pinetown Districts of Education’s Governance, asked the Conference delegates to use documents from schools that are doing well on governance, not to compete but to complete each other.

    The robust and complementary discussions that took place among the various stakeholders, namely Teacher Unions, SGB Associations, Departmental Officials, Academics, and Academic Institutions bode well for the education leadership training that will take place over 3 years.

    The central message throughout the presentations and discussions was that everything should be for the benefit of the learner.

    In moving a vote of thanks on behalf of the KZN Education Development Trust, Ms Linda Zama, a Trustee, said, “The Trust would be using some of the contributions to refine the leadership training programme.”

    The Trust (KZNEDT) was established in 1998 with the support of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education.

    Venue: Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies, Kloof.

    Date: 27 May 2024

    A Hero’s Welcome to the CAF Champions - School Sport is on the rise

    The newly crowned Continental Champions have arrived victoriously at King Shaka International Airport after annexing the CAF Schools Football Championships for Girls under 15s in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

    South Africa ascended to the summit of African youth football as champions in the girls division following a 1-1(5-4) win over Morocco.

    The matches took place daily from Tuesday, 21 May, with the final scheduled for Friday, 24 May.

    The team comprised mainly of learners from the famous Pietermaritzburg's Edendale Technical High School as well as players from other schools in the Province and Gauteng.

    Edendale Technical has made a name for themselves in the tournament by singlehandedly winning the Continental Tournament at least twice before.

    The Tournament comes with a USD 300 000 prize money. KZNDSAC Head of Department, Dr Thobile Sifunda together with Department of Education Officials and School Learners with their Principal was at the airport to welcome the team.

    Venue : King Shaka Airport in Durban.

    Date: 26 May 2024

    Provincial District Excellence Awards - UGU District Accounting Team

    The UGU District’s Accounting Team is seen celebrating their 87.4% achievement in the 2023 NSC Examinations.

    As part of the get-together celebrations were CES, Mr O Maharaj, Advisors, Mr F Ndinisa and Mrs ZM Mkhize, are seen with the District Lead Educators and Accounting Teachers from Sayidi, Umzumbe and Scottsburg CMCs.

    Venue: UGU District.

    Date: 23 May 2024

    Official Opening of Tongaat Special School

    The arrival of the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer to Officially Open Tongaat Special School.

    After a Briefing Session, Walkabout of the School Infrastructure, MEC Frazer Officially Unveiled the School Plaque of Tongaat Special School.

    Venue: Tongaat Special School.

    Date: 21 May 2024

    District Monitoring and Support Visit of T70 Schools in the King Cetshwayo District

    In an effort to assist schools in various Districts to achieve better results, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's HOD, Mr Nathi Ngcobo and the DDG for Institutional Development Support (IDS), Ms Weziwe Hadebe, visited King Cetshwayo District to provide support and assistance to identified schools.

    Accompanied by two Chief Directors responsible for District Operations Management, Dr Sibonakaliso Chonco and Ms Thembelihle Gumede, the HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo and the DDG, Ms Weziwe Hadebe met with the District Director, Ms Welile Nzama and her selected team members who are directly managing the four schools that had been identified as those in need of support.

    The Head Office Team received detailed reports laying bare some of the challenges affecting certain schools in the King Cetshwayo District.

    The Head Office Team visited various schools and committed to provide support in the quest to ensure that they perform better at the end of the year.

    Speaking at the first school visited, Dlangezwa High School, the HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo said, his Department was ready and willing to provide all the support that was needed.

    “We will do everything in our power to ensure that we support these schools. However, we will also expect that the District and everyone responsible for these schools also play their role in terms of ensuring that these schools achieve the results we expect from them”, said, HOD Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo.

    DDG Ms Hadebe also made an undertaking that the identified four schools, which are Mjabuliseni High, Dlangezwa High, Qhakeza High and Dlamvuzo High Schools will be assisted.

    “We have identified some schools that have high enrolments and therefore, need our support.

    We will do all it takes to make these schools go back to their former glory where they would achieve up to 100 percent”, said, Ms Hadebe.

    The District Support Visits will also be extended to other Districts where all the identified schools will be assisted. This is in keeping with the goal of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education wanting to occupy the number one position in the country in terms of performance.

    Currently KwaZulu-Natal occupies the second position after the Free State Province.

    HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo in his closing remarks engaged with the SMT Members of Dlangezwa High and Qhakeza High Schools, which were the last schools visited.

    Venue : Dlangezwa High School.

    Date: 22 May 2024

    Advocacy Session for the Grade 9 General Education Certificate (GEC) Implementation in the UGU and Harry Gwala Districts

    Today, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education started the Districts Roadshow Advocacy Session for the Grade 9 General Education Certificate (GEC) Implementation.

    The advocacy session is aimed at capacitating District Officials on the Implementation of the General Education and Training Certificate (GEC).

    KZNDOE's Chief Director: Curriculum, Mrs Sindi Zakuza-Njakazi, welcomed the attendees.

    Mrs Sindi Zakuza-Njakazi in her address, said, "Colleagues it is important for us to have these engagement sessions so that we establish if the system is ready for the full implementation of the GEC".

    Dr Bongani Mjoli, CES for Quality Assurance, presented an overview of the GEC programme, emphasising the need of granting the General Education Certificate to Grade 9 Learners in order to align them with the 21st Century Assessment Stream.

    A comprehensive presentation by Examinations, Assessment, and Quality Assurance personnel was given, followed by comments and interaction.

    Deputy Director-General : Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko in his closing remarks thanked all officials for availing themselves for the session.

    "GEC is an important program of transforming education in the post democratic country. The education system had to be stable in order to incrementally introduce and implement GEC.

    We need to strengthen advocacy of this program and ensure that all stakeholders are on board," said, the KZNDOE's Deputy Director-General : Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko.

    Venue: Marburg Secondary School, UGU DISTRICT.

    Date: 21 May 2024

    Official Opening of Tongaat Special School

    The arrival of the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer to Officially Open Tongaat Special School.

    After a Briefing Session, Walkabout of the School Infrastructure, MEC Frazer Officially Unveiled the School Plaque of Tongaat Special School.

    Venue: Tongaat Special School.

    Date: 21 May 2024

    KwaZulu-Natal Provincial District Awards 2023

    The Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motsheka together with the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, the KZNDOE's HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Cllr Mxolisi Kaunda
    Chairperson of the Education Portfolio Committee, Honourable Sonjica ANC Leadership, led by Chairperson Mr S’boniso Duma and Provincial Secretary Mr Bheki Mtolo, Members of the Education Portfolio Committee, Members of the Provincial Legislature,
    Provincial DG, Dr Nonhlanhla Mkhize, Officials from Head Office, District Office, and Circuit Management Centres
    Educators & Learners,
    Members of Organised Labour,
    SGB formations and
    Members of the Media presided at the Provincial District Awards 2023, that took place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Conventional Centre in Durban today.

    This prestigious KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Awards Ceremony acknowledged the 12 Districts, Circuits and schools for their sterling performance in contributing significantly towards the upward trajectory of the percentage pass rate in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results.

    In her address, the Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga said, "It gives me immense pleasure to stand before you today in the beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    This province has proven its mettle by excelling in the 2023 National Senior Certificate (NSC) results.

    Today, we are here to honour, recognise, and celebrate this remarkable achievement.
    We gather to celebrate the hard work and dedication of all those involved in achieving these outstanding results.

    We pay tribute to the Executive Authority, the leadership team at the Head Office, the district and circuit officials, and, most importantly, our dedicated educators.
    It is not mere rhetoric when we say that the classroom is the centrepiece of our efforts in the basic education sector. Our educators are our shining stars and the heroes of the day.

    Achieving an 86.4% pass rate in the 2023 NSC results is no small feat, especially for KwaZulu-Natal, our largest and predominantly rural province. This accomplishment has not only been a source of pride for the province. Still, it has also positively influenced the national average, showcasing the impact of KwaZulu-Natal’s success on the entire country.

    It is important to remember that this achievement did not happen overnight. It took years of hard work, strategic planning, and numerous interventions. Not too long ago, KwaZulu-Natal was often found at the bottom of the national rankings. The province’s turnaround is a testament to the resilience and dedication of all stakeholders involved.
    The turning point came in 2015 when a significant decline in NSC results led to the Education Indaba at Isibaya Conference Centre.

    This event marked the beginning of Operation Bounce Back, a comprehensive effort to rebuild and transform the province’s education system. Today, we celebrate the fruits of that labour.

    Since the inception of Operation Bounce Back and the implementation of various academic improvement plans, KwaZulu-Natal has steadily improved. The province has moved from being associated with failure to being a beacon of academic excellence. Given the challenges posed by the province’s size and rural nature, this transformation is awe-inspiring.

    For instance, three districts in KwaZulu-Natal alone are larger than entire provincial education departments elsewhere in the country. Despite these challenges, the province has seen significant improvements, with rural districts now outperforming urban ones. This success is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our employees in KwaZulu-Natal.

    In the 2023 NSC results, we saw remarkable achievements:
    • Out of 167,247 candidates who sat for the exams, 136,366 candidates passed.
    • Bachelor passes increased from 61,856 in 2021 to 72,099 in 2023.
    • The Class of 2023 recorded 43,769 diploma passes.
    • Schools with 100% pass rates increased from 214 in 2022 to 246 in 2023.
    • Schools that obtained below 40% decreased from 29 in 2022 to 18 in 2023.
    • All districts performed at 80% and above.

    This success would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of our educators, officials, and all stakeholders. It is their relentless pursuit of excellence that has brought us here today.

    As we celebrate these achievements, let us not rest on our laurels. We must continue to strive for excellence, build on this solid foundation, and ensure that every learner in KwaZulu-Natal has access to quality basic education. Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and building a brighter future for our country."

    Certificate of Excellence were awarded to all the top performing Districts, Circuits and Schools jointly by the Executives.

    Venue: Inkosi Albert Luthuli Conventional Centre.

    Date: 20 May 2024

    KwaZulu-Natal Provincial District Awards 2023

    The arrival of the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motsheka together with the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer and the KZNDOE's HOD Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo at the Provincial District Awards 2023, taking place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Conventional Centre in Durban.

    Venue: Inkosi Albert Luthuli Conventional Centre.

    Date: 20 May 2024

    Advocacy Session for the Grade 9 General Education Certificate (GEC) Implementation

    The KZNDOE’s Chief Director for Examinations, Assessment, and Quality Assurance, Dr RC Penniston, Chairperson opened the Advocacy Session and welcomed all attendees.

    T KZNDOE’s DDG for Curriculum Management and Delivery, Dr MJ Mazibuko, in his address outlined the purpose of the session. He stated that the General Education Certificate is not a new phenomenon, and that discussions about it's adoption have been continuing for more than a decade. "May we now embrace the implementation of such a programme, regardless of the personnel issues that we are all working hard to overcome.

    Dr BA Mjoli, CES for Quality Assurance, presented an overview of the GEC programme, emphasising the need of granting the General Education Certificate to Grade 9 students in order to align them with the 21st century assessment stream. A comprehensive presentation by the Directorate Examinations, Assessment, and Quality Assurance personnel was given, followed by comments and interaction.

    DDG Mazibuko in his closing remarks thanked the officials for the detailed presentations and ensured Head Officials that the Advocacy Session for the Grade 9 GEC will be presented to all Districts in the following week.

    Venue: Dokkies

    Date: 17 May 2024

    MEC Frazer Officially Opens Mgai Primary School

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer officially opened and handed over Mgai Primary School to the community of Umzumbe, under the UGU District today.

    Joining MEC Frazer were the KZN Department of Education’s Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, Members of Top Management and the UGU District Director.

    Venue: Mgai Primary School, Umzumbe under UGU District.

    Date: 17 May 2024

    Premier's Service Delivery Imbizo Alfred Duma Local Municipality, Sidingulwazi Primary School Project Profile

    The Deputy Director-General for Institutional Development and Support, Mrs Weziwe Hadebe attended the Premier's Service Delivery Imbizo held at the Alfred Duma Local Municipality.

    The First Project visited was at Sidingulwazi Primary School where a walkabout was undertaken of the venue to assess the progress on the construction.

    The DDG was accompanied by the District Director, Mrs PN Mokoena and Infrastructure and District Officials.

    Debriefing of the School:

    *It is currently located approximately 5,9 km from Ladysmith.

    *Sidingulwazi Primary School falls under the New school programme. The existing school primarily consisting of dilapidated prefabricated structures with two permanent structures consisting of 2 x Grade R Classroom Block.

    *The new school is designed for the enrolment of 1 280 learners but at the present moment the school consist of 1 017 learners.

    *The school will provide learning and sporting facilities for Grade R and Grades 1 - 7 as a primary school.

    Venue: Sidingulwazi Primary School.

    Date: 16 May 2024.

    KZN DOE Online Learner Admissions System Project Meeting in Partnership with TELKOM

    Today, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education hosted a meeting with 3 piloting Districts on the Online Learner Admission System Project.

    The meeting was held at Parkside Primary School in Malvern under the UMlazi District.

    In his welcome address, the Chairperson of the meeting, DDG for Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, welcomed everyone in attendance including the 3 Districts, namely, UMgungundlovu, UMlazi, and Pinetown Districts in which we will be piloting the Learner Admission Project, which will resume at the end of the 2024 Academic Year.

    The Chairperson also informed the meeting that the Amajuba District is part of the meeting, because the District will be officially opening a new focus school, Mbuso Kubheka. This focus school will also be using the Online Learner Admission System for the admission of learners.

    "In the 2024 State of the Province Address, the Premier outlined that schools should embark on an online Learner Admissions System.

    The MEC further engaged the ICT Steering committee to conduct feasible study in order to implement the Online Learner Admissions System, " said Mazibuko

    The meeting commenced with a presentation made by Mr Sandile Mkhize, the Coordinator for the Branch: Curriculum Management and Delivery, on the Learner Online Admissions System and unpacked the background, including aims, objectives and project impacts.

    The second presentation was made by the TELKOM delegation. This presentation included high-level presentation of the system, demonstration of the system, and high-level project management approach.

    In addition, issues discussed during the meeting were the state of readiness of districts and schools, change management, which includes advocacy and training, additional Human Resources Implications, and Walk in Centers/Call Center Requirements.

    Venue: Parkside Primary School, Malvern

    Date: 16 May 2024

    Matric Support Programme for Mondlo Circuit Schools

    The DDG for Curriculum Management and Delivery Branch, Mr MJ Mazibuko together with the Zululand District Director, Mr PD Ndlovu met with the Schools Management Teams in partnership with Telkom Foundation and Themba Njilo Foundation to support the 11 Schools from the Mondlo Circuit.

    DDG Mazibuko in his address highlighted the good fortune of the Mondlo Circuit being the first visited by Head Office and to motivate the Class of 2024.

    He said the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education wishes all Grade 12 Learners to pass their 2024 NSC Examinations, as Matric is a gateway to Life.

    He mentioned that, obstacles in life should not defocus the candidates, but should be grateful that they have made it this far and reminded them that they could be the first child to sit in for the Grade 12, 2024 NSC Examinations in their family or they could be first born or last born and their parents are praying very hard for them to pass.

    "They are banking on you that as someone who will go to University or drive a car for the very first time in their family," said DDG Mazibuko.

    He further reminded the learners on the importance of passing Grade 12 NSC Examinations with a Bachelor Pass, as the key to University.

    He reminded candidates on the importance of choosing a friend wisely.

    He then discussed the importance of perusing the Examination Study Tips Booklet that was prepared for the Class of 2024. He highlighted the importance of the booklet. He
    pleaded with the educators to push the learners to work for level 7s and emphasised spending time at least 2 periods in LO discussing the booklet so that the learners are equipped and will have the opportunity to perform better in the 2024 NSC Examinations.

    The DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko welcomed the partners on behalf of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education.

    Presentations were made by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education partners Telkom Foundation and Lightbulb.

    They outlined the purpose of their partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education and their sole aim is to contribute towards improving the learner's academic performance.

    Part of their support would be the creation of an online platform.

    Tutorial school work can be accessed by using a sim card, that was given to all the learners.

    This online platform will help the learners with their daily classwork and they will have direct access to all learning materials, hence having access to quality education.

    A message of support was delivered by the Themba Njilo Foundation, which was a spiritual soul-treat.

    Mr Njilo said that, they were present to speak to the learners individually by conducting a crossover, that will involve asking different questions, by showing cool drinks, tablets Zenny, cough mixture and by asking them to do away with all sort of drugs.

    Entertainment was rendered by Gospel, Maskandi, with famous people like Mrs Hlubi who did a motivational talk and Sicelo Mncube shared his sad story.

    Mr Mfeka then preached and prayed for the learners spiritual and academic wellbeing.

    He ended by making sure that all the drugs were presented voluntarily by the learners.

    The following schools were present, namely:

    Ikhethelo Secondary School,
    Isolomuzi Secondary School,
    Khondlo Secondary School,
    Machana Secondary School,
    Metzelfontein Combined
    Mondlo Secondary School,
    Mvuzini Secondary School,
    Sekethwayo Secondary School,
    Sikhiye Secondary School,
    Zamangothando Secondary School, and
    Gudu High School.

    Venue: Gudu Secondary School, Mondlo Circuit.

    Date: 15 May 2024

    KZN Provincial RCL Workshop and Election of the Provincial RCL Executive Committee 2024

    Today the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education hosted the KZN RCL Workshop and Provincial RCL Executive Committee Election second of its kind to be convened in the Province.

    The theme for this year’s conference is, “Fostering integrity and Resilience: Empowering African Learners for the 21st Century."

    Welcoming the guests to this very important Conference was the Acting District Director for the UMgungundlovu District, Mr Bongani Simelane, who said, "As the host District we are privileged to welcome representatives from various Districts across the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    All of you are coming together with a shared purpose, championing the voice of the learners and to forge a path towards a brighter future."

    The Provincial RCL Executive Committee will represent the Province at the National RCL Executive Committee elections later in the year.

    The RCL structure in schools is responsible to create an opportunity to identify and train future leaders, create an opportunity for the expression of the voice of learners in matters concerning education, allow learners to participate in the decision-making process regarding the school and create healthy relationships amongst learners, educators, non-educators and parents.

    Addressing the young leaders today was the KZNDOE’s HoD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, who said, "Let me take this opportunity to encourage learners who are eligible to vote to go out in numbers and make your mark. In front of me today I can already see future parliamentarians, business leaders and future CEOs.

    Give yourselves enough time and apply yourselves to the topics that will be discussed today, I have no doubt that your deliberations will yield positive results.”

    The young leaders grouped into breakaway commissions to brainstorm three critical questions, namely;

    1. RCL leadership role to inculcate democratic values in learners;
    2. The role of RCL in engendering increased learners’ participation in the 2024 general elections; and
    3. How can RCL use ICT to enhance learner academic achievements to face the 21st century challenges?

    The day culminated with the election of Kevin Kalala from Glenwood Boys High School under the uMlazi District as the President of the KZN Provincial RCL Executive Committee.

    The IEC was present to ensure that the elections were free and fair.

    Venue: Riverwood Primary School, UMgungundlovu District.

    Date: 15 May 2014

    Class of 2023 Matric Excellence Awards Ceremony, UGU District

    Today the Department of Education's UGU District celebrated the Matric Excellence Awards Ceremony held at the UGU Sports and Leisure Centre.

    The purpose of this prestigious event is to acknowledge learners and educators who have performed well in the 2023 National Senior Certificate Examinations.

    UGU District has been consistent in its performance and ranked amongst the top performers in the country. Last year in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results, the UGU District was placed second in the Province and took the sixth position in the country.

    Thirteen High Schools in different CMCs under the UGU District obtained 100% pass rate in the 2023 National Senior Certificate Examinations.

    Representatives from organised labor and various stakeholders delivered messages of support.

    The stakeholders in one voice echoed, Education remains the powerful tool for our learners to succeed in life.

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo was the Guest of Honour.

    In delivering his Keynote address, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo said, "Allow me to pay tribute to our dedicated educators and relentless officials of the Department of Education across the Ugu District.

    Your tireless effort, dedication and commitment have played a pivotal role in ensuring, that the learners of this District are not only supported but also adequately prepared for the next chapter of their educational journey. Each one of you has played a significant role in shaping the minds of our future leaders and for that I extend my deepest gratitude on behalf of the people of the UGU District and Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    The achievement we are celebrating today are a reflection of the dedication and commitment of the entire education collective. It is the result of everyone being involved in the education sector. This is a statement made to what we can achieve when we work together towards a common goal.

    Let us continue to nature this spirit of unity and cooperation as we strive to provide quality education for all."

    Furthermore, he applauded the UGU District Director, Mr Mfundi Sibiya for being a great leader in the education system.

    "I would like to place on record our sincere gratitude to you for having played a vital role in the education sector." said HOD.

    In attendance were, Mr Siphiwe Kheswa Pinetown District Director, Mrs Thembelihle Gumede Chief Director District Operations, Dr David Chonco Chief Director District Operations, Mr Thami Mbanjwa Chief Director in the Office of the HOD, Dr Ngogi Mahaye Director in the Office of the MEC and Mr Muzi Mahlambi Director: Communications and Publications.

    Venue: UGU Sports and Leisure

    Date: 15 May 2024

    Top Management Quarterly Support Visits to Districts

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Top Management Members led by the Head of Department, Mr GN Ngcobo convened a quarterly support visit to three Districts, namely, UMkhanyakude, Zululand and King Cetshwayo Districts.

    The King Cetshwayo District hosted the Quarterly Support Visit held at Brackenham Primary School.

    The King Cetshwayo, District Director, Mrs W Nzama welcomed the HOD, Members of Top Management on behalf of the Districts and outlined the purpose of the day.

    In his remarks, the HOD, Mr Ngcobo acknowledged the attendees and extended a special welcome to the principals and teachers, who are left behind, are the corner stones of the education system, who are ensuring that our learners get quality education.

    He then highlighted how in the past the KZN Province had always been at the bottom end of the top performing provinces in the country.

    He stated that the narrative has changed, and KZN has been on an upward trajectory for the past consecutive years with the 2023 NSC Examination Results being the highest we have ever achieved.

    "Ultimately we want to be number one in the country and it will happen," said HOD Ngcobo.

    The Program Director,
    the DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko welcomed all three Districts on behalf of Head Office and extended his appreciation to the HOD for availing himself and providing stellar leadership throughout these support programs being rolled out in the Province.

    Presentations were made and Dr RC Penniston outlined the target of the Province which, he said was a firm 100%.

    All District Directors presented their 2024 targets with their Academic Improvement Plan.

    School principals from the King Cetshwayo District followed Mrs Mpungose sharing of best practice at Nhlavana High School, namely, Management, Supervision and Monitoring Curriculum by Planning, Tracking Tools, Assessment, Monitoring tools, Reporting and Learner Attainment.

    Mrs Zakuza-Njakazi shared best Practices within the Province and quoted for example, Thongwane High school improving enrolment every year in the UMkhanyakude District.

    Schools must be functional in all Districts, the desires to achieve, learners must be taken as our Primary Clients.

    No learners must be left behind and the target must be Bachelor Passes throughout the Academic Targets.

    The DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko outlined the Programme of Action namely the Focus Areas : 2023 ECD- support of ECD Function shift, 2024 GET build a strong Foundation Generic Issues in 2024, Curriculum Management Assessment and 10 Point Focus Area. All about matters were engaged during the Quarterly Support Visits by the HOD and Top Management.

    Venue: Brackenham Primary School.

    Date: 13 May 2024

    Mother Tongue Based Bilingual Education Advocacy Campaign Programme

    The Department of Basic Education (DBE) in collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education hosted the Third Session of the Mother Tongue Based Bilingual Education Advocacy Campaign held at Peace Initiative Hall under Harry Gwala District, today 08 May 2024.

    This programme seeks to promote and facilitate the use of African Languages as languages of learning, teaching, and assessment (LOLTA) beyond Grade 3.

    In attendance were the UMgungundlovu, Harry Gwala and UGU Districts led by their respective District Directors, Senior Officials and Principals.

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko welcomed the delegation from the DBE, all guests present and outlined the purpose of the meeting.

    In his remarks he said, "We are here to talk about language as our core mandate as school managers are to make sure of teaching, learning and assessment in our schools, We are here to unpack policies that drive the language and the presentations will also assist the principals on understanding pieces of legislation", said DDG Mazibuko

    The Department of Basic Education’s Deputy Director-General: Language and Transformation, Dr Naledi Mbude-Mehana presented the Mother Tongue - Based Bilingual Strategy 2025-2030, which includes the Legislative Framework and use of Official Language Act 12 of 2012.

    In her presentation she emphasized that "All learners must learn, all children must get language at all costs and children are the product of the society" said DDG Mbude-Mehana.

    Several presentations were made in the following aspects led by the DBE delegation;

    * Mother Tongue Based Bilingual Education strategy;
    * MTBBE Legislative framework;
    * MTBBE Assessment Framework; and
    * Lesson from the Eastern Cape Province MTBBE Pilot (Material Development).

    Venue: Peace Initiative Hall, Ixopo

    Date: 08 May 2024

    Mother Tongue Based Bilingual Education Advocacy Campaign Programme in the UThukela District

    The Department of Basic Education (DBE) in collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education conducted the second leg of Mother Tongue Based Bilingual Education Advocacy Campaign at Windsor Secondary School under the UThukela District, today 07 May 2024.

    This programme seeks to promote and facilitate the use of African Languages as languages of learning, teaching, and assessment (LOLTA) beyond Grade 3

    In attendance were UThukela, Amajuba, and uMzinyathi Districts led by their respective District Directors and Senior Officials and School Managers.

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko welcomed the delegation from the DBE, all guests present and outlined the purpose of the meeting.

    In his remarks he said, "We are here to talk about language as our core mandate as school managers are to make sure of teaching, learning and assessment in our schools, We are here to unpack policies that drive the language and the presentations will also assist the principals on understanding the pieces of legislation", said DDG, Mazibuko

    Deputy Director: General Language and Transformation at the Department of Basic Education, Dr Naledi Mbude-Mehana greeted and welcomed everyone present in the meeting and she presented the Mother Tongue - Based Bilingual Strategy 2025-2030, which includes the Legislation Framework and use of Official Language Act 12 of 2012.

    In her presentation she stressed that, "All learners must learn, all children must get access to the mother tongue language at all costs and our children are the product of our society", said, DDG Mbude.

    Several presentations were given on the following aspects led by DBE delegation:

    • Mother Tongue Based Bilingual Education Strategy;
    • MTBBE Legislative Framework;
    • MTBBE Assessment Framework; and;
    • Lesson from the Eastern Cape Province MTBBE Pilot (Material Development).

    Venue: Windsor Secondary School

    Date: 07 May 2024

    The KZN Department of Education in partnership with DBE held the Mother Tongue Based Bilingual Education Advocacy Campaign Program

    The event commenced with the Program Director Dr. DDG Mazibuko who welcomed all attendees which amongst others were the Head of Department Mr G.N Ngcobo, DBE officials and Inkosi Nkosi Luthuli of the Amathuli Tribal Authority.

    The HOD: Mr GN Ngcobo spoke at length about the importance of preserving indigenous languages.

    "It is beneficial to our learners to be bilingual and maintain the correct use of the Mother Tongue.

    We are pleased that these advocacy programs will be rolled out to all Districts with this one being the first," remarked the HOD.

    Three Districts were present led by their respective District Directors, District MANCO members and School Principals.

    DBE delegation led by DDG: Dr Naledi Mdude Mebana presented the legislative framework in support of the advocacy for Mother Tongue Based Bilingual Education.

    Venue: Amanzimtoti Civic Center.

    Date: 06 May 2024

    MEC Frazer Hands Over School Uniforms in the UThukela District

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer handed over school uniforms to needy learners from Escourt Secondary, Escourt Primary, and Riverdale Primary Schools today in Escourt.

    The Provincial Government of KZN is working with SASSA to distribute school uniforms to learners who come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and whose parents cannot afford school uniforms.

    MEC Frazer described this intervention as protecting the children's right to education, highlighting Section 28 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa that a child’s best interests are paramount in every matter concerning the child.

    “The principle in Section 28 of the Constitution guides our work as the Department of Education, and it is the driving force behind our commitment to providing quality education to all children, regardless of their socio-economic background,” said MEC Frazer.

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education identified disadvantaged Learners from three different schools, who received two sets of uniforms per learner, thereby, benefiting from this Government Programme facilitated by SASSA.

    Venue: Escourt Primary, INkosi Langalibalele Municipality

    Date: 06 May 2024

    MEC Frazer Officially Handsover New Laptops to Amazizi High School in Rural Bergville

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer officially handed over 30 laptops donated by Africa Rainbow Minerals (ARM) to Amazizi High School today in uThukela District.

    Amazizi High School is located in a deep rural area of Bergville. The school needed laptops to link with the modern methods of teaching and learning.

    Over the past three years, the school has maintained a 100% pass rate.

    The school principal committed to maintaining the 100% pass rate record even in the 2024 Academic Year.

    The partnership between the KZN Department of Education and ARM led to the assistance of Amazizi by donating 30 laptops for the school’s Computer Laboratory.

    MEC Frazer expressed her gratitude to Africa Rainbow Minerals for their generous donation and appealed to the company to continue assisting the Department in developing teaching and learning methods in KZN schools.

    “As the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, we remain committed to developing and converting our schools into smart schools. All our new schools have ICT equipment which enables modern teaching and learning in the World of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR)”, remarked MEC Frazer.

    The KZN Department of Education will deploy a team to ensure the donated resources are adequate and effective for the teaching and learning methods.

    MEC Frazer appealed to the community to ensure that the donated laptops and the whole school infrastructure are protected from all criminal elements.

    Venue: Amazizi High School, Bergville

    Date: 03 May 2024

    Top Management District Support Visit to Pinetown, uMlazi and ILembe Districts

    The KZN Department of Education Top Management Members led by the Head of Department Mr GN Ngcobo convened a quarterly support visit to 3 Districts, namely, uMlazi, Pinetown and ILembe. The Pinetown District hosted the support visit at Westville Boys High School.

    In his opening remarks the HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo said, “How in the past the KZN Province had always been at the bottom end of the Top performing Provinces in the Country. Now the narrative has changed and KZN has been on an upward trajectory for the past consecutive years with the 2023 NSC Examination Results being the highest we have ever achieved. Ultimately we want to be number one in the country and it will happen."

    The Program Director, DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko welcomed all three Districts on behalf of Head Office and extended his appreciation to the HOD for availing himself and providing stellar leadership throughout these support programs being rolled out in the Province.

    Presentation were made and Dr RC Penniston outlined the target of the Province which he said was a firm 100%. All District Directors presented their 2024 targets and school principals from all 3 Districts followed suit.

    Venue: Westville Boys High School

    Date: 03 May 2024

    Top Management District Support Visit to Pinetown, uMlazi and ILembe Districts

    The Top Management District Support Visit headed by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo arrived at Westville Boy's High School to engage with the District Improvement Plans 2024.

    Venue: Westville Boy's High School.

    Date: 03 May 2024

    MEC Frazer Applauds Best-performers in the 2023 NSC Examinations in the Harry Gwala District

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, applauded the top achievers of the 2023 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations in the Harry Gwala District during the Districts’ Matric Excellence Awards Ceremony hosted in Ixopo today.

    The Harry Gwala District has been on an upward trajectory for the past four years, performing at 75% in 2020, 76% in 2021, 82% in 2022, and an outstanding 87.1% in 2023.

    Candidates from this district who sat for the 2023 NSC Examinations were 6 697 and 6 087 passed. Of the 6 087 who passed, 3 221 obtained bachelor passes and 1 960 Diploma passes.

    MEC Frazer expressed her satisfaction with the quality of the results and the number of schools that achieved a 100% pass.

    “As we celebrate this success, it's important to recognize that there is still work to be done. Looking ahead, as a Province, we have ambitious goals. The KwaZulu-Natal Province aims to be the top-performing Province in the country. Our target for 2024 is 100%”, said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer, together with HOD for KZN Department of Education, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, DDG Corporate Services, Adv Bheki Masuku, DDG Curriculum Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, Chief Directors, as well as the District Director, Ms Bongi Ntombela, handed over awards to the top achievers.

    Venue: Peacevalley Hall, in Ixopo

    Date: 02 May 2024

    MEC Frazer Congratulates Newly Elected members of the School Governing Bodies

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer has congratulated the newly elected Members of the School Governing Bodies (SGBs) in the Ugu District.

    Members of the SGBs from the UGU District Schools converged at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Complex for an engagement with MEC Frazer and Education HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo during their Induction Workshop.

    SGBs raised various issues affecting their respective schools and proposed suggestions to MEC Frazer and HOD Ngcobo.

    Both MEC Frazer and HOD Ngcobo responded to some of the challenges and committed to attend to all the concerns raised.

    As MEC Frazer congratulated the newly elected SGB Members, she reminded them, that their responsibility is to ensure stability in schools.

    “SGBs should never be a source of problems and divisions in our schools. You must never abuse your powers as SGBs because you will cause troubles that will take us back instead of moving forward”, said MEC Frazer.

    She further emphasized, that the only interest of the SGBs must be the education of our learners.

    Venue: UGU Sports and Leisure Complex.

    Date: 30 April 2024.

    Top Management Districts Visits

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Top Management, headed by the HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo visited the Amajuba UMzinyathi and UThukela Districts for an engagement with their 2024 District Academic Improvement Plan on Monday, 29 April 2024.

    Venue: Sarel Celliers High School.

    Date: 29 April 2024

    MEC Frazer Officially Opens Bloemfontein Primary School - Harry Gwala District.

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer Officially Opens Bloemfontein Primary School in the Ncambele Area by Unveiling the School Plaque today.

    She was accompanied by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, Deputy Director-General: Corporate Services, Adv. Bheki Masuku and Senior Officials of the Department.


    Venue: Bloemfontein Primary School, Ncambele area, uMzimkhulu under the Harry Gwala District.

    Date: 26 April 2024

    MEC Frazer Officially Handover a New State-of-the-Art Glengarry Primary School - Harry Gwala District

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer officially opened and handed over a New State-of-the-Art Glengarry Primary School to the community of Kwanjunga area in Umzimkhulu Local Municipality today.

    The school was built by the community in 1937 as a mud school. The Department then saw a need to rebuild this school. The total cost of the new Glengarry Primary School is R41.7 Million.

    Glengarry Primary School consists of New Classrooms, an Admin Block, an NSNP Kitchen, an Early Childhood Development Center, ECD Ablution Facilities, a Media Center, Ablution Facilities for boys and girls, a Soccer Field, a combo court, security fencing, covered concrete walkways as well as a Guard House.

    MEC Frazer expressed her happiness about the business and employment opportunities created by this project. This project created 119 employment opportunities for the local people.

    “One of the concerns I always have when I hand over schools to the community is the damaging of schools infrastructure during service delivery protests and general criminal activities by community members. I want to appeal to this community to please protect this new school infrastructure,” said MEC Frazer.

    Venue: Glengarry Primary School, in Umzimkhulu Local Municipality

    Date: 26 April 2024

    KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Ms Dube-Ncube, MEC Frazer, and Councillor Nyawose Visits Kwathintwa School for the Deaf in Ethekwini

    The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube, MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer and Ethekwini Municipality Speaker, Cllr. Thabani Nyawose visited the KwaThintwa School for the Deaf (KSD) ahead of the Premier's Crime Fighting and Substance Abuse Imbizo today in Inchanga, in the Pinetown District.

    KwaThintwa School for the Deaf was founded by Archbishop Dennis Hurley as a Catholic School for the Deaf children.

    A Memorandum of Understanding was then drawn between the KZN Department of Education and the Catholic Archdiocese of Durban, forming a Public-Private partnership for the education of Deaf Children,

    The Department and the Church identified a need for two new South African Sign Language classrooms, upgrading of the kitchen used for vocational education, and the construction of a chapel to emphasize the Catholic ethos of the school.

    Construction is currently underway and is due to be completed in July 2024.

    KwaThintwa School for the Deaf has been producing top achievers in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations in the past years, making a significant representation of the entire Province among the top achievers of this country.

    Premier Dube-Ncube, together with MEC Frazer and Cllr Nyawose, then handed over gifts to the school before their departure to the Premier's Imbizo.

    Venue: KwaThintwa School for the Deaf.

    Date: 24 April 2024.

    MEC Frazer Hails Zululand District for significant improvement in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer has expressed her satisfaction with the excellent performance of the Zululand District in the 2023 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination.

    MEC Frazer was speaking at the Zululand District Matric Class of 2023 Awards Ceremony hosted by the Zululand District held at King Shenge Conference Centre today.

    This District has been recording consistent improvement in the NSC Examinations Results since 2015. In 2021, Zululand District achieved 78.2%, while in 2022, they achieved 83.7%. The District further significantly improved in 2023 NSC Examinations Results by achieving 87.2%.

    “On behalf of the people of Zululand and the entire KwaZulu-Natal Province, I wish to express our sincere gratitude to our educators for your hard work, dedication, and commitment to the provision of quality education to our children of this Province,” said MEC Frazer.

    She further set a target of 95% for the 2024 NSC Examinations.

    “We also recognize the 28 schools that achieved a 100% Pass Rate, contributing 656 Bachelor Passes and 280 Diploma Passes out of the total of 996 candidates”, added MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer then handed over awards to the best-performed schools and learners in 2023.

    Venue: King Shenge Conference Centre

    Date: 23 April 2024

    Mbuso Kubheka ICT, Engineering and Technology School of Excellence Transversal Team Meeting

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Transversal Team Meeting was held today at the Newcastle High School, under the Amajuba District.

    The Chairperson, Deputy Director-General: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko opened the meeting by outlining the purpose of the meeting and to check on the progress of the school.

    The Chairperson emphasized that, after the presentation of all the progress reports, there should be a resolution to be taken by the meeting as to when the school will officially open.

    A Learner modelled the school uniform during the meeting.

    The Chairperson was pleased by the work done thus far by all workstreams and he proposed, that the meeting suggest to MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer to officially launch the school in the near future.

    Venue: Newcastle High School, Amajuba District.

    Date : 22 April 2024.

    2024 Skills Revolution for Economic Development Programme in KZN

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer addressed and motivated young people who attended the Skills Revolution for Economic Development held today, at the Durban Exhibition Centre in EThekwini.

    The event was hosted by the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) to encourage young people to utilize the opportunities made available by the Government for the economic development of the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    State Owned Entities, (SOEs) showcased their roles in ensuring the economic development of the people of this Province.

    The SOEs included the Moses Kotane Institute (MKI), Ithala, Dube Trade Port, Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ), KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife, Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal, KZN Sharks Board, KZN Growth Fund, KZN Liquor Authority, KZN Film Commission, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal as well as Gaming and Betting.

    “Over the past 30 years, all entities under EDTEA have trained young people and employed them in various capacities. Recently, Moses Kotane Institute (MKI) secured R74 Million from merSETA to clear students’ debts in institutions of higher learning”, said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer further encouraged young people to embark on the Skills Revolution Campaign and spread the information to all those who need assistance.

    Young people who have benefited from the assistance offered by State Owned Entities had the opportunity to present their awards, and expressed their gratitude to the Government’s intervention.

    Venue: Durban Exhibition Centre

    Date: 20 April 2024

    MEC FRAZER OFFICIALLY HAND-OVER A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART SCHOOL IN RURAL NQUTHU

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer officially handed over a new state-of-the-art Ekucabangeni Secondary School today, 19 April 2024 in Umzinyathi District.

    The Ekucabangeni project commenced on 18 November 2019 and was completed on 19 June 2023 with a total cost of R78.3 million.

    Both phase 1 and phase 2 of the project are 100% complete. These include 30 standard classrooms, an admin block, a multipurpose classroom, an NSNP kitchen, 3 laboratories, media and computer classrooms, ablution facilities, a soccer field, a netball court as well as a guardhouse.

    The former MEC for Public Works and Human Settlements, Mr Jomo Sibiya who is now a Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of South Africa, was among the dignitaries in attendance during the official handover of the school to the community.

    Mr Sibiya is an alumnus of the old Ekucabangeni Secondary School and played a critical role in the process for the reconstruction of the school.

    MEC Frazer expressed gratitude to all stakeholders who played a critical role in the reconstruction of Ekucabangeni. She further called on the community of Nquthu to protect the school and give all the necessary support to safeguard the future of learners enrolling in this school.

    “As the Department, we spent R78.3 million to build this school, so it is important to protect it and safeguard it for future generations”, said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer further acknowledged that there were business and employment opportunities for the local community during the project of rebuilding Ekucabangeni Secondary School.

    Venue: Ekucabangeni Secondary School, in Nquthu

    Date: 19 April 2024

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    Matric Class of 2023 NSC Excellence Awards - Umbumbulu CMC

    The Umbumbulu CMC was the best performing CMC under UMlazi District with all Circuits performing above 85%.

    On Friday, 19 April 2024 the Umbumbulu CMC celebrated these remarkable results of the Matric Class of 2023 held at the Amanzimtoti Hall. The hall was packed to capacity with guests all looking dazzling in their outfits having walked down the red carpet posing for a picture here and there.

    The mood in the hall was not only celebratory also that of thanking the Higher Power for having carried the entire team through hardships on the journey to achieving 91,88 % pass rate in the 2023 NSC Examinations improving by 4,82% from 2022 results of 87,06%.

    Welcoming all guests to this auspicious event, Mr Muzi Khumalo, CES: Circuit Management, said, “We want to honour all our schools across all grades, because we understand that the foundation we lay in ECD helps us to produces these excellent results in Grade 12.

    My journey in the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education will end in the next 11 days, it has been great working with all of you. I could not have asked for a better farewell than this, to exit the system on top of our District”.

    Mrs Smangele Dlamini, CES: District Operations, shared the message of the day, “Congratulations and well-done team Mbumbulu. We are very proud of you and appreciate the hard work you put in”.

    Mrs Busi Mahlambi, Director: uMlazi District also graced this august occasion. In her address, the Director share her words of appreciation to Mr Muzi Khumalo, who is soon to retire and on behalf of the District, said, “Congratulations you started a journey with your team and led them with a clear vision, passion and courage in achieving excellence in education. Thank you for your contribution in the education system”.

    Venue: Amanzimtoti Hall

    Date: 19 April 2024

    MEC Frazer to Officially Open Ekucabangeni Secondary School in the District of UMzinyathi

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer arrives at Ekucabangeni Secondary School to Officially Handover and
    Unveil the School Plaque of Ekucabangeni Secondary School, located in the Local
    Municipality of Nquthu Municipality, District of uMzinyathi in the Nquthu Luvisi Area.

    MEC Frazer is joined by the
    Adviser to the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jomo Sibiya and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, Deputy Director-General: Corporate Services, Adv. Bheki Masuku and Branch: Deputy Director-General: Institutional Development and Support, Mrs Weziwe Hadebe.

    Venue: Ekucabangeni Secondary School

    Date: 19 April 2024

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer joined the Handover of Tractors and Agricultural Infrastructure

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer joined the Handover of Tractors and Agricultural Infrastructure to Cooperatives provided by the Office of the Premier and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, which took place today at the Phatheni Sports Ground, Richmond, UMgungundlovu.

    Venue: Phatheni Sports Ground, Richmond, UMgungundlovu.

    Date:18 April 2024

    2024 Moot Court Training Workshop

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Co-Curricular Sub-Directorate: School Art, Culture, and Youth Development Equality hosted a successful on Moot Court Training Workshop held at Empangeni High School under the King Cetshwayo District.

    The Workshop facilitators were, Mr A Nene and Mr M Mgenge from Human Rights Commissions together with the team from Legal Aid South Africa.

    All participating schools in the 12 Districts will benefit from these Workshops.

    The Workshop is geared to develop, prepare, capacitate all learners with the required knowledge and skills.

    The 2024 Provincial Moot Court Competition is scheduled to take place in July 2024.

    Venue: Empangeni High School, Media Room

    Date: 17 April 2024

    MEC Frazer opens a State-of-the-Art School in uMlazi District

    The MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Mbali Frazer celebrates the official opening of a State-of-the-Art Ullovu Secondary School in Ullovu, uMlazi District, together with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, Deputy Director-General: Corporate Services, Adv. Bheki Masuku, Deputy Director-General: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, Deputy Director-General: Institutional Development and Support, Mrs Weziwe Hadebe, Head of Communications, Mr Muzi Mhlambi, uMlazi District Director, Mrs Busi Mahlambi and Senior Department Officials.

    Venue: Ullovu Secondary School, uMlazi District

    Date: 12 April 2024

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    Online Learner Admissions System Project Meeting

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Deputy Director-General: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko Chaired the Online Learner Admissions System Project Meeting that took please in the Boardroom, at Garden Court in Umhlanga.

    Presentations were made by Dr Claude Tshimanika from the Northern Cape DoE's Perspective and by Telkom SA Team on the System Demo and Configuration Requirements.

    The Business of the Day included:

    Project Management Structures;

    Change Management;

    Training;

    IT Requirements (CCB)

    Walk in Centres/Call Centres Requirements; and

    Advocacy Strategy.

    The DDG, Mr Mazibuko directed that a concept document be developed to discuss at a subsequent meeting and a plan to meet the 3 districts, Pinetown, uMlazi and UMgungundlovu, where the Online Learner Admissions System Project will be first implemented.

    Venue: Boardroom, at Garden Court in Umhlanga.

    Date: 16 April 2024

    MEC Frazer opens a State-of-the-Art School in uMlazi District

    The MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Mbali Frazer opens a State-of-the-Art Ullovu Secondary School in Ullovu, uMlazi District today, together with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, Deputy Director-General: Corporate Services, Adv. Bheki Masuku, Deputy Director-General: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, Deputy Director-General: Institutional Development and Support, Mrs Weziwe Hadebe, Head of Communications, Mr Muzi Mhlambi, uMlazi District Director, Mrs Busi Mahlambi and Senior Department Officials.

    The State-of-the-Art School consists of 25 x Standard Classrooms, 3 x Multipurpose Classrooms, Media Centre, Computer Room, Administration Block, 7 x Offices, including, Principals Office plus 2 x Sick Rooms, Laboratory, Special Room, 6 x Storerooms, Strong Room, NSNP KITCHEN, 14 x Girls Toilet Seats, 10 x Boys Toilets Seats and Urinals, 2 x Paraplegic Toilets, Guard House, Soccer Field, Combo Court and Fencing.

    Ullovu Secondary School is a smart school that consists of Wi-Fi network with uncapped internet package for three years, learner laptops on laptop charging trolley, individual teacher laptops, 1 smart classroom with interactive screen, non-reflective whiteboard and data projector in each classroom and ICT Laboratory with interactive ultra-short throw data projector.

    MEC Frazer in her remarks said, "It is because of this belief in the power of education, as we see the ruling Government continuing to ensure that free high quality education is a basic human right. We also invest billions to improve the quality of education and the infrastructure of our schools."

    The Class of 2024, is Ullovu’s First Matric Cohort and MEC Frazer expects nothing but a 100% pass rate with all the resources and technology at hand.

    The construction of the school cost was R45.36 Million. These infrastructure projects open opportunity developments of the local community. During the construction of Ullovu Secondary School, 37 job opportunities were created, where local people from this area were employed.

    Venue: Ullovu Secondary School, uMlazi District

    Date: 12 April 2024

    2024 ABC Motsepe SASCE Workshop

    In preparations for the upcoming Provincial Competition, which will be held in June 2024, the Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal Co-curricular Sub- Directorate, In School Art and Culture and Youth Development Equality hosted the 2024 ABC Motsepe SASCE Workshop, which took place at the Stable Theatre today.

    The Workshop seeks to highlight the norms and standard for all the activities of the SASCE which include logistical, operational, compositions, performances both instrumental and vocal.

    Last year, 2023 the Province of KwaZulu-Natal obtained more than 21 trophies during the National Competition.

    Venue: Stable Theatre, Durban

    Date: 13 April 2024

    NSNP Meeting held between the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education and the Department of Basic Education

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, together with Top Management of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education met with the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga and DBE Senior Managers today.

    The agenda item for discussion was the implementation of the National School Nutrition Programme, (NSNP) in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    Venue: Coastlands Hotel, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban.

    Date: 11 April 2024

    MEC Frazer Officially Unveils the School Plaque of Ullovu Secondary School in the uMlazi District

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer officially Opens Ullovu Secondary School, a State-of-the-Art School, under the uMlazi District.

    MEC Frazer was accompanied by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, Deputy Director-General: Corporate Services, Adv. Bheki Masuku, DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, uMlazi District Director, Mrs Busi Mahlambi and Senior Department Officials.

    MEC Frazer, after a briefing session, conducted a walkabout of the smart classrooms, interacted with learners and thereafter, addressed the school community of staff, learners and parents.

    Venue Ullovu Secondary School.

    Date: 12 April 2024

    Official Opening of Ullovu Secondary School by MEC Frazer

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer arrives to officially Open a State-of-the-Art School, Ullovu Secondary School under the Umlazi District together with the KZN Department of Education's Top Management and Department Officials.

    Venue Ullovu Secondary School.

    Date: 12 April 2024

    Integrated Government Service Outreach Programme

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Siboniso Duma, KZN MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, the Mayor of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Local Municipality, Cllr Jojozi, and INkosi Memela led the Integrated Government Service Outreach Programme today, in the Harry Gwala District.

    Today's programme started during the Official Handover of the Biomass Plant to Phambili Energy Invests Rural in the morning. MEC Duma and MEC Frazer then led the Official Disbursement of Operation Vula Fund to 100 beneficiaries.

    Thereafter, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education honoured a commitment made by the KZN MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer to provide Special Needs Education Schools and Busses with specialised transport to replace the old busses, that are no longer suitable for transporting learners with special needs.

    Both MEC Frazer and MEC Duma handed-over six buses, which cost the Department to the tune of R15 Million. The buses were handed-over to six needy schools in different districts of KZN.

    The ones that received new buses were;

    1. Daydawn Training Centre
    2. Tongaat Special School
    3. V.N. Naik School For The Deaf
    4. Pro Nobis School
    5. Kwazamokuhle Special School and
    6. Pholela Special School

    MEC Frazer urged the schools and the community to take good care of these buses.

    “I humbly request the communities where these buses will be traveling to look after these buses and ensure that they are used appropriately,” said MEC Frazer.

    Venue: Donnybrook Sports Ground, Dr NDZ Local Municipality.

    Date: 05 April 2024

    Handing-over of Special Needs Education School Buses Ceremony

    Arrival of the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together with the MEC for EDTEA, Mr Siboniso Dube and the Mayor of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Local Municipality, Cllr Jojozi at Donnybrook Sports Ground for the Handing-over Ceremony of Special Needs Education School Buses, Biomass Factories Rollout Programme, Operation Vula Fund Disbursement to 100 beneficiaries in the Dr NDZ Local Municipality.

    Venue: Donnybrook Sports Ground, Dr NDZ Local Municipality.

    Date: 05 April 2024

    3-Day National Athletics High Schools and LSEN Track & Field Championships

    Day-3 - The Western Cape Education Department hosted the 2024 South African Schools Athletics (SASA) National High School and LSEN Schools Track and Field Championship, which took place at Dal Josephat Athletics Stadium in Paarl.

    Team KZN Province participated in various track and field events and was ranked at 8th position, with athletes scooping Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

    All of the KZN athletes were highly competitive maintaining a high performance.

    Team KZN has the talent and potential, renowned with the best in the World.

    Venue: Dal Josephat Stadium Paarl

    Date : 03-06 April 2024

    Top Management Meeting with the KZN NSNP Service Providers Association

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer Chaired a Top Management Meeting with the KZN NSNP Service Providers Association held today in the MEC's Boardroom, Head Office, Anton Lembede Building in PMB.

    Venue: Anton Lembede Building, Pietermaritzburg.

    Date: 04 April 2024.

    3-Day National High and LSEN Schools Track & Field Championships

    Cape Town is hosting the 2024 SASA National High and LSEN Schools Track and Field Championship, which took place today, being the first day of the competition, underway at the Dal Jo Saphat Athletics Stadium.

    Team KZN participated in the various track and field events with most athletes qualifying for semi-finals and finals.

    Venue: Faure Stadium, Paarl

    Date : 03-06 April 2024

    MEC's Management Meeting (MMM)

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer Chaired the MMM Meeting held today in the MEC's Boardroom, Head Office, Anton Lembede Building in PMB.

    Venue: Anton Lembede Building, Pietermaritzburg.

    Date: 04 April 2024.

    3-Day National High Schools Track & Field

    - Main Stream and LSEN Schools

    The official opening of the National High Schools Track and Field Championships took place today in the Province of Western Cape.

    The KZN Team athletes will be participating in a three day Championship Competition.


    KZN team attended a parade assembly & march pass with all other provinces during the official opening ceremony.

    Representing the Government was Ms Stella Khumalo, Acting Director-General.

    On behalf of the Minister of DSAC she welcomed all the participating provinces and officially opened the Championship.

    The athletes will be participating for three days between 4 to 6 April 2024.

    Team KZN was adressed by the Chief Director of DSAC, Mr Barram who encouraged the athletes, reminding them how special the provincial colours of black & white means. He said they are the best as he is expecting each and every one to perform to the best of their ability and he hope they bring back all the medals.

    He then encouraged them to do well, as they have the potential to get the Top 3 positions in their races and also to receive scholarships from universities as there are scouts at the event searching for talent.

    Venue: Faure Stadium, Paarl

    Date : 03-06 April 2024

    Operation Siyahlola in Inkosi Zwelakhe Ngwane Secondary School, UMkhanyakude District

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, together with MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, Mr Sipho Nkosi, visited the INkosi Zwelakhe Secondary School as part of Operation Siyahlola program ahead of the Human Rights Day event today in Hluhluwe.

    Both MEC Frazer and MEC Nkosi received a report about INkosi Zwelakhe Secondary School, which is a new school built in partnership with Africa Foundation.

    INkosi Zwelakhe Secondary School started operating in 2020 with only Grade 8 Learners. The school has the first class of Grade 12 Learners in the 2024 Academic Year and educators are working hard to get a 100% pass rate.

    MEC Frazer committed to address the challenges that were raised by the school principal. These include water supply problems and fencing of the school.

    She also used the opportunity and motivated the Grade 12 Learners, who were in school for their holiday study session.

    “All your parents deserve to be happy. You must work hard for your future, everyone who is successful today worked very hard,” said MEC Frazer.

    INkosi Zwelakhe Secondary School has only phase one complete and priorities for the next phase include security guard room, fencing, vehicle parking as well as the Science Laboratory.

    Venue: INkosi Zwelakhe Secondary School, in Hluhluwe

    Date: 28 March 2024

    eThekwini OSS / DDM Cabinet Day 2024

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer joined by the HOD Champion, Mr Siboniso Mbhele were briefed, ahead of the eThekwini OSS/ DDM Cabinet Day, held today.

    During the Briefing Session Cllr. HS Makhathini Ward 24 presented the status of the Waroom.

    The following issues were raised, namely:

    * Human Settlement, most of the houses in Ward 24 were affected during the storm in 2019 - the Department of Human Settlement is working on the matter;
    * A manhole that had been in existence for years. Water and Sanitation needed as the community is overloaded. Request to renew the sewer system
    * Substance abuse;
    * Shortage of water, it's a major challenge;
    * Water and Sanitation system;
    * Sewerage system infrastructure is poor; and
    * Ablution facilities.

    Venue: eThekwini

    Date: 27 March 2024

    MEC Frazer meets and engages with the Community of Magangangozi in the UThukela District

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer met the community of Isibuko High School in the Magangangozi area to discuss their challenges today in Bergville.

    This comes after the School Governing Body (SGB) contacted MEC Frazer, detailed challenges faced by Isibuko High School, and requested intervention.

    The main issue for Isibuko is dilapidated infrastructure and that it was severely affected by storm recently.

    MEC Frazer informed the community that Isibuko is one of the schools approved for reconstruction.

    “The process has already started for the re-construction of your new school, and the project will commence soon,” said MEC Frazer.

    She further announced, that the Department will deliver six mobile classrooms before the start of the second term to ensure that teaching and learning continue while the community waits for the new school.

    As MEC Frazer interacted with the community, she discovered that there is no Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in the area, and she committed to prioritizing the construction of the ECD center.

    The planned new school is a smart school and requires network coverage for it to be fully functional. MEC Frazer committed to contacting the relevant departments to address the network challenges for this community.

    A feasibility study will be done for the new primary school, as requested by the community, due to the long distance travel by learners to the only primary school in the area.

    The Department will also look at the feasibility of providing scholar transport for the learners residing in the Zankolongo area and traveling long distances to Kholakazane Primary School.

    Venue: Magangangozi Community Hall in Bergville.

    Date: 26 March 2024.

    National Primary Schools Track & Field Championships

    Today was the last day of the South African School Athletics National Championship held in Limpopo, which, ended well with the KZN athletes pushing to be the best despite the high level of the heat wave experienced today.

    Our KZN Team represented the Province well in the 2-Day event exhibiting positive energy and great enthusiasm.

    Milan Engelbretcht got Bronze Medal for 75m hurdles representing KZN Province from UMgungundlovu District.

    The Top 3 Provinces were:
    Position 1 Western Cape Province,
    Position 2 Gauteng Province and Position 3 North West Province.

    The last day ended in a good note and the KZN Department of Education stand proud of the participating athletes for representing the Province with honour. Come 2025, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education will endeavour to excel in the National Primary Schools Track & Field Championships.

    Venue: Oscar Mphethe Stadium, Limpopo University

    Date: 26 March 2024

    Operation Siyahlola at Meadowsweet Combined School under the UThukela District

    Today, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer visited Meadosweet Combined School as part of Government Operation Siyahlola program to assess the project's construction progress.

    Meadosweet Combined School is a brand new school, that’s worth R84,7 Million. The construction is currently underway and is expected to be completed by 14 November 2024.

    Project managers reported to MEC Frazer on the construction progress, and indicated, that the project to date was 80% complete.

    MEC Frazer expressed her satisfaction with the progress of the project and therefore, met with the community of the Maswazini area and discussed issues raised by the people.

    Venue: Meadowsweet Combined School.

    Date: 26 March 2024

    National Primary Schools Track & Field Championships

    Day 1 of the South African School Athletics National Championship in Limpopo kick started well with no challenges.

    The KwaZulu-Natal Team athletes performed well, exhibiting great enthusiasm, determination and energy. Athletes were supported by parents, coaches and team management.

    The KZN Team participated in various track and field events with most qualifying for semi-finals and finals.

    Venue: Oscar Mphethe Stadium, Limpopo University

    Date: 25 March 2024

    3-Day Digital Learning Conference

    The Department of Basic Education's Deputy Minister, Dr Reginah Mhaule together with the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Mbali Frazer and HoD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo arrives and presides at the Digital Learning Conference being hosted over 3-Days at the Anton Lembede MST Academy in La Mercy.

    Day 1, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer welcomed the guests and introduced the Department of Basic Education's Deputy Minister, Dr Reginah Mhaule, who delivered the Keynote Address and officially opened the 3-Day Digital Learning Conference.

    Venue: Anton Lembede MST Academy in La Mercy.

    Date: 25-27 March 2024

    2024 SASA National Primary Schools Track & Field Championship

    The officially opening of the 2024 SASA National Primary Track and Field Championship hosted by the Limpopo Province took please today.

    In this Competition KwaZulu-Natal Primary Athletes will compete against other athletes from eight Provinces.

    Venue: Oscar Mpethe Stadium, University of Limpopo

    Date: 24 March 2024

    Human Rights Day 2024

    MEC Frazer commemorates Human Rights Day with Traditional Leaders in the Harry Gwala District today in Umzimkhulu.

    Human Rights Day is commemorated under the theme, "Three Decades of Respect for and Promotion of Human Rights."

    Traditional Leaders used Human Rights Day to educate their people about the importance of Human Rights as everyone enjoys them.

    While Isibaya Samadoda focused on educating men about the role they are expected to play in society and within their families, Ixhiba Lamakhosikazi focused on sharpening women in their roles.

    Today’s program also included sessions for young boys and girls, where they were taught how to conduct themselves and the importance of avoiding bad association that can destroy their future.

    MEC Frazer commended the partnership of the Amakhosi, all participating Government Departments, and NGOs for their expertise in hosting such programs.

    She advised young people, especially learners, to focus on education. She further encouraged them to know their rights and enjoy them without compromising others.

    As much as everyone has a right to participate in service delivery protests, learners must never be at the forefront because the consequences of wrongdoing during the protests can cost them a bright future,” said MEC Frazer.

    Venue: Bomvini Senior Primary School, in Umzimkhulu

    Date: 22 March 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 Awards Ceremony - Umvoti Circuit

    The District Director, Mr Siphiwe Kheswa and MANCO celebrated the sterling performance of the Umvoti Circuit under the UMzinyathi District, today.

    Mvoti Circuit is one of the 3 Circuits in the UMzinyathi District.

    The District achieved 86,6% in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results, with Umvoti Circuit achieving 88.3 %. The District Manager alluded that this is the one Circuit that has put the District on the map with good performance through out the years and has put pressure on the target that the circuit and the learners with in the schools have to obtain a minimum of 85%.

    Mr Siphiwe Kheswa started his address by congratulating teachers and learners on good performance in 2023 and went on speaking about the Data Analysis mainly using quality teaching comparing his District to others and not forgetting how deep rural the schools are sutuated but the performance is not rural result.

    Mr Siphiwe Kheswa then continued on how to strengthen the work relations on standard set as Mvoti Circuit, Academic Improvement Plan, Accountabilities Strategies to move up, structures and systems must be put in place especially we will be going to the 29th of May Elections adviced that must not have any disturbance of teaching and learning.

    A total of candidates in Mvoti circuit 1 508 successfully wrote their 2023 NSC Examinations, and 1 302 passed. This circuit has the most deep rural schools but managed to be in the 2nd position being beaten by Msinga Circuit with 1,2% entire district as it's been position one through out.

    The performance of Mvoti Circuit is crucial for the overall results of the UMzinyathi District. The District Management has committed to focusing on Umvoti Circuit during the 2024 Academic Year so that UMzinyathi can rise to the better position in the country.

    During the 2023 NSC Examinations, UMzinyathi secured the 7th position in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal when it achieved a 90% pass rate.

    He further expressed his satisfaction with the support received from all stakeholders and 5th Administration on its focus in education ensuring education will meet the standards in 2030.

    Mr Siphiwe Kheswa then handed over Certificates of Excellence to all principals of the Umvoti Circuit schools.

    Venue: Greytown High School , UMzinyathi District

    Date: 20 March 2024

    2024 Summit on EMS, BCM & English

    The Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal under the Amajuba District hosted an EMS, BCM & Language Summit at Newcastle High School, today, 19 March 2024

    This Summit is themed, ‘’Entrepreneurship, Employability & Education.‘’

    This Summit was hosted with the purpose of increasing the number of learners choosing BCM subjects in Grade 10, to improve learners’ performance in EMS, BCM, and English Subjects. The Amajuba District declared the Academic Year of 2024 as the Year of EMS, BCM & English.

    Amongst the attendees present were the Deputy Director General for Curriculum Delivery and Management, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, Amajuba District Director, Mr RTT Nzama, UKZN: Professor, Msizi Mkhize, Chief Education Specialist, BCM Co-ordinator, Mrs HSS Tshabalala, Senior officials of the Amajuba District Office, Teacher Unions, Educators and KZN English Provincial Co-ordinator, Rosh Mangalparsad

    Amajuba District Director, Mr RTT Nzama welcomed all guests present and explained the purpose of the Summit to the distinguish guests, he expressed his gratitude for hosting this first of its kind event, "This initiative will enhance our collective effort in improving and encouraging more learners in commerce studies. The Amajuba District is entrusted with the responsibility of creating a high-performing education system. We are required to play an important role in helping schools in improving the quality of teaching and learning and also helping in creating a conducive environment for schools’ leaders and educators”, said Nzama.

    DDG, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, offered a Message of Support during the Summit. He greeted and welcomed all guests present. In his remarks, he mentioned the importance of the Summit and congratulated the Amajuba District for the outstanding results in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results.

    ‘’We want to see Amajuba obtaining 100% in the 2024 NSC Examinations Results, for us as a district to achieve target of 95% we need to work very hard, let us make full use of our smart schools as our homes there is free Wi-Fi in those schools free to use by anyone especially our Matriculants, I am here to bring that kind of message to say we are here to support you all the way. This Summit is a creative way, that principals and educators of schools should explore. Let us be creative enough to come up with a new stream that will be open for everyone as teachers are the nation builders.”

    UKZN, Pro-Vice Chancellor: Student Services, Professor Msizi Mkhize accompanied by Dr Njabulo Khumalo, Academic Leader: HRD & IR School of Management and Dr Sanele Gumede, Academic Leader Community Engagement School of Accounting, Economics and Finance delivered a keynote address in a hall full to capacity.

    In his address he said, "The shortage of Accountants and Audits in the country is the serious problem, Learners good in Mathematics are encouraged to study science, principals who lack foresight they do away with Mathematics and Accounting because they want to get false good academic performance in their schools, this lack affects how the subject is retained by the learners. The solution available for our schooling system we need to train more educators also we need to encourage more learners to love Mathematics as early as in foundation phase and the training of accounting practitioners should be treated as an asset.” said Professor Mkhize.

    In conclusion, the breakaway sessions and commissions were held and discussed the topics on Languages and Accounting in different groups by subject advisors.

    Venue : Newcastle High School.

    Date: 19 March 2024

    MEC Frazer Celebrates UMzinyathi District 2023 NSC Examinations Results

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together with the HOD for Education, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, celebrated the UMzinyathi District 2023 National Senior Certificate Examinations (NSC) Results, which took place in Glencoe today, 19 March 2024.

    UMzinyathi District has been improving its NSC Examinations Results for the last three years. The results for this District improved both in pass rate and in the quality of the results.

    MEC Frazer congratulated all departmental officials, school managers, educators, learners, and parents for the excellent 2023 NSC Examinations Results.

    “In 2022, uMzinyathi District scored 79.8% in NSC Examinations, which represented an 8.1% improvement from 2021. In 2023, UMzinyathi obtained an 86.6% pass rate, which was a 6.8% increase from the 2022 results, and was placed in a seventh position provincially”, said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer further expressed her gratitude to all stakeholders who played a significant role in assisting schools in the UMzinyathi District.

    Venue: Sarel Cilliers High School, in Glencoe.

    Date: 19 March 2024

    3-Day 2024 Basic Education Sector Lekgotla

    Day 3, The Conference was addressed by the Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga.

    The Conference is taking place under the theme "Equipping Learners with Knowledge and Skills for a Changing World.”

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer led the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's delegation, which included the Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, DDGs, Chief Directors, who participated in the 2024 Basic Education Sector Lekgotla held at the Birchwood, Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, in Boksburg.

    Venue: Birchwood Conference Centre, 44 Viewpoint Street, Boksburg.

    Date: 14-16 March 2024.

    Occupational Health and Safety Committee Meeting

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Occupational Health and Safety Sub-Directorate held a second committee meeting with officials from the District Offices and Head Office.

    The purpose of the meeting was to ensure that:

    Persons nominated to the health and safety committee do not exceed the number of health and safety representatives in the committee; and

    To also ensure that all offices have SHE Representatives, Safety Officers, First Aiders and Fire Marshals present.

    The Deputy Director for Auxiliary Services presented a report on the contraventions received from the Department of Labour on incidents/ accidents with regards to occupational injuries or occupational diseases that were not reported from their perspective District Offices.

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

    Date: 15 March 2024

    2-Day Basic Education Sector Lekgotla Conference

    The Department of Basic Education is hosting a 2-Day Basic Education Sector Lekgotla, taking place at the Birchwood, Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg

    Day-1 Opening of the Basic Education Sector Lekgotla Conference was addressed virtually by President Ramaphosa.

    The Conference is taking place under the theme "Equipping Learners with Knowledge and Skills for a Changing World.”

    The 2024 Basic Education Sector Lekgotla Conference aims to deepen the understanding of advancements made within the sector with a special focus on developments achieved over the last decade.

    The Lekgotla seeks to highlight the sectors advancements across critical learning areas such as Early Childhood Development and Foundational Learning that are critical pillars for building a strong educational foundation.

    Also attending the Two-day Conference is the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer and Senior Officials of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education.

    Venue: Birchwood Conference Centre, 44 Viewpoint Street, Boksburg.

    Date: 14-15 March 2024

    ECD Training Workshop

    Early Childhood Development (ECD) Standard Operating Procedures (SPOs), Umgungundlovu, Harry Gwala and uThukela

    During the State of the Nation address in 2019, the President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa announced that Early Childhood Development would shift from being the responsibility of the Department of Social Development to the Department of Basic Education.

    The function shift took place on 1 April 2022. To this end the Department of Basic Education has embarked on a process to review the ECD Subsidy Guidelines and implement new Subsidy Guidelines.

    Data Innovators has been contracted to lead the process of the roll out of new DBE Subsidy Guidelines. DBE aims to adapt a generic ECD Subsidy Guidelines SOP to fit their context.

    DBE is hosting Workshops across the Provinces to capacitate ECD Practitioners on the new Subsidy Guidelines.

    Ms Thulisile Dube from Data Innovators is facilitating the ECD Workshops with the aim, for ECD Practitioners to understand the simplified process and the requirements introduced by the Subsidy Guidelines.

    Understand the role players and their responsibilities in the administration of the Subsidy outline in their provincial SOPs.

    Understand the tools and resources available to simplify the administration process.

    Mrs Khumbuzile Mathe, CES: ECD, spoke on behalf of the Province of KwaZulu-Natal,

    "Thank you for taking the time to attend and engage with all the presentations. It is pleasing to note that colleagues are eager to move to the next phase of this program", said, Mrs Khumbuzile Mathe, CES: ECD.

    Venue: Arthur Blaxall Special School.

    Date: 13 March 2024.

    MEC Frazer Commends Educators and Learners of the UThukela District for their outstanding performance in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer commended the educators of UThukela District for their sterling performance of in the 2023 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations.

    UThukela District hosted the District’s Matric Excellence Awards Ceremony today, at the Agra Crescent Hall, in Ladysmith, to celebrate the 2023 NSC Examinations Results and hand over awards to the top achievers of the uThukela District.

    MEC Frazer congratulated the learners and educators of uThukela District for their hard work, dedication, and resilience, which led to the remarkable achievement in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results.

    uThukela District has improved in the NSC Examinations Results performance for the past three years. The District recorded a 5.4% increase from 74.6% in 2021 to 80% in 2022. In the 2023 NSC Examinations Results, uThukela recorded a further increase of 2.92% and achieved 80.92%.

    MEC Frazer addressed the top achievers of this District, who attended the Excellence Awards Ceremony and expressed her gratitude for their performance.

    “Your hard work, passion, and commitment in passing civilization from one generation to the next are truly commendable,” said MEC Frazer.

    Furthermore, she informed the guests that, regardless of the financial challenges that faced the Department in the 2023 Academic Year, teaching and learning continued without interruptions.

    “Despite the financial constraints in the Department, we ensured that we appoint educators in schools where there were vacancies, and we ensured that no learner was without a teacher during the school learning period,” said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer, together with the Deputy Chairperson for the KZN House Of Traditional Leaders, INkosi Sithole, handed-over the awards to the top achievers in the UThukela District.

    Venue: Agra Crescent Hall, Ladysmith

    Date: 12 March 2024

    MEC Frazer Commemorates International Women's Day with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer was the Chief Guest Speaker and delivered a Keynote Address at the International Women’s Day Commemoration event hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime today, in Durban.

    The Commemoration event was a collaboration of various Government Departments, Private Sector formations, Traditional Leaders and Institutions of Higher Learning, with the goal of sharing ideas on how issues like Gender Based Violence (GBV) can be collectively resolved in society.

    MEC Frazer expressed her gratitude for this initiative, and pointed out that as much as Government has various programmes to address social ills, partnerships that complement Government's initiatives and efforts are very important.

    “This partnership will enhance our collective efforts in fighting against Gender-based Violence as well as other Social Ills, such as Alcohol and Substance Abuse”, said MEC Frazer.

    She also expressed her appreciation to the Traditional Leaders across the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, who have partnered with Government in fighting the scourge of GBVF and other Social Ills, where learners and educators become victims.

    Venue: Garden Court, Umhlanga.

    Date: 09 March 2024

    2-Day Provincial 2024 Department of Education Strategic Planning Session

    Day 2 of the Strategic Planning Workshop, DDG Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko was the programme facilitator for the day.

    The theme for the workshop is, "Manoeuvring Through
    the Economic Crisis in Education - Transforming Expectations."

    MEC Frazer thanked all Department Officials present for their enthusiastic participation in the 2-Days Strategic Planning Workshop. She also mentioned that today the world commemorates International Women's Day under the theme 'Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress'.

    “The Department reaffirms its commitment to empower women and ensuring that they are promoted to higher levels, not only in schools but across the entire Department.

    The resolutions that will arise from this workshop, will serve as a guiding light, illuminating the path forward as we navigate the challenges posed by the evolving educational and economic landscapes, which we all call for us to pioneer innovative approaches in service delivery", said MEC Frazer.

    Venue: Maharani/Elangeni Hotel, Durban

    Date: 08 March 2024

    MEC’s Top Management Meeting

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer Chaired the MMM Meeting held at the Maharani Hotel in Durban.

    Venue: Maharani / Elangeni Hotel, Durban.

    Date: 07 March 2024

    International Women’s Day

    In commemoration of International Women’s Day the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer celebrated the evening with the Women in the Department of Education, who are attending the Two-day Strategic Planning Workshop in Durban.

    Venue: Maharani / Elangeni Hotel, Durban.

    Date: 07 March 2024

    2-Day Provincial 2024 Department of Education Strategic Planning Session

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education hosted a 2-days Strategic Planning Workshop held at the Maharani/Elangeni Hotel, Durban today.

    The theme of the Workshop is, "Manoeuvring Through the Economic Crisis In Education - Transforming Expectations."

    The Deputy Director-General: Corporate Services, Adv. Bheki Masuku was the Programme Facilitator for the day. He greeted and welcomed all the delegates present.

    In his remarks he mentioned the importance of all the Deputy Director - Generals, Chief Directors, Directors from Head Office, District Directors and District Planners to come together and make inputs on how to improve as a Department.

    "Strategic Planning is the art of formulating business strategies, implementing them and evaluating their impact on organizational objectives", DDG, Adv. Bheki Masuku.

    The Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, outlined the purpose of the Strategic Planning Workshop and delivered the Strategic Review and Alignment.

    He mentioed that the current Strategic Plan was formulated in 2019 which was the beginning of the 6th Administration Plan, which is coming to an end, the new plan with priorities will be formulated for 2024 to 2029 where the new 7th Administration Plan will be put together.

    "The presentations today will focus more on the journey we have transverse with the 6th administration plan from 2019 up to now", said the HOD, Nkosinathi Ngcobo.

    Dr N Mbude- Mehana, DDG for Transformation Programmes at DBE made a presentation on identifying key areas of wastage in the system that can be transformed to reduce the burden on the fiscus.

    Finding creative ways to ensure equity and quality within the current financial context.

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer graced the Planning Session today and will deliver her address tomorrow.

    After the presentations four commissions were held and discussed the topics mentioned below:

    Commission 1:

    Re-inventing the modalities for teacher development in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal;

    Commission 2:

    Improving inclusivity in the Department by mainstreaming women, youth and people with disabilities (WYPD);

    Commission 3:

    Cost effective ways for delivering Early Grade Reading Interventions; and

    Commission 4:

    The use of technology to reduce administration costs of the Department.

    Venue: Maharani /Elangeni Hotel, Durban

    Date: 07 March 2024

    KZNDoE Strategic Planning Session 2024

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer arrives at the 2024 KZN Department of Education Strategic Planning Session held today at the Maharani / Elangeni Hotel.

    Venue: Maharani/ Elangeni Hotel.

    Date: 07 March 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 King Cetshwayo District Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s King Cetshwayo District hosted the King Cetshwayo District Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony held at Brackenham Primary School in Richards Bay.

    The purpose of these prestigious awards ceremony is to honour, give recognition and celebrate the excellent work done by educators and learners.

    King Cetshwayo District performed exceptionally well in the 2023 NSC Examinations results by obtaining an 83.4% pass rate.

    Educators and learners earned highest honour today in the excellence awards because of the hard work and serious commitment. This district has set itself a new target of 93% for the 2024 Academic Year.

    Hosted annually, the King Cetshwayo District Annual Excellence Awards recognized and celebrated the excellence of educators who played a vital role and promote the best practices in the education sector.

    The King Cetshwayo District Director, Ms Weziwe Nzama, outlined the purpose of the day and welcomed all distinguished guests present on this special occasion. Mrs Nzama could not hide her excitement. She expressed her gratitude to everyone who contributed to the great performance of the District.

    In her remarks, she said, "I am immensely proud of the quality and innovative work done by our educators, principals of schools, learners and parents. Indeed, today, we are in a celebratory mood because of the hard work. We are gathered here as a family to celebrate the contribution to the African child to ensure outstanding outcome. 2023 had its own challenges, but we managed to pull through the storms. There was a remarkable increase in terms of bachelor passes and an increase in Mathematics from 40% to 60%”, said Ms Nzama.

    Various stakeholders offered messages of support to the District, stating in one voice that education is the most powerful tool and appreciating the contributions made by every sector in education.

    Chief Director, Dr David Chonco, Acting Deputy Director-General, Institutional Development Support, delivered a Keynote address and applauded the King Cetshwayo District for obtaining more than 80% pass rate in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results.

    "We were given the tasks by the Department of Basic Education to improve performance of Mathematics to 60% by 2030. We declared war as a Province of KZN for obtaining position 2 in National in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results. We are committed to eliminate dropouts in our schools, therefore we invite corporate business and sister departments to work together again in this matter.''

    Furthermore, he applauded the principals of the schools to run schools effectively, and he encouraged the principals to be the leaders of the schools”, said Dr Chonco.

    Empangeni High School Choir, SASCE National Champions entertain the audience during the ceremony.

    Venue: Brackenham Primary, Richard's Bay

    Date: 06 March 2024

    MEC Frazer Monitors Etafuleni Housing Project during OSS Cabinet Day

    As part of Operation Suzuka Sakhe Cabinet Day, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, together with HOD Champion Mr Siboniso Mbhele, and senior officials from various spheres of Government visited the Etafuleni Housing Project today, 6 March 2024 in EThekwini.

    The Etafuleni Housing Project commenced on 1 April 2012 and is due to completion on 31 March 2025. The total budget for constructing 2 150 houses under this project is R298.1 million.

    A total of 1 460 houses have been built, and services such as water, electricity, and sanitation have been connected to these houses. MEC Frazer expressed her satisfaction with the progress so far.

    “We are here to monitor the progress of this project, and I am satisfied that 1 169 beneficiaries have been allocated and are now living in decent houses built by the caring Government”, said MEC Frazer.

    The project encountered challenges over the past years; however, EThekwini Municipality has been able to address such challenges. The municipality is currently finalizing procurement processes for the completion of the project, including the construction of access roads and all other services.

    Venue: Etafuleni Area, Ward 3 in EThekwini Municipality

    Date: 06 March 2024

    OSS Cabinet Day: MEC Frazer Visits Ntanda Mobile Clinic Point in EThekwini Municipality

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, together with the Department of Transport HOD, Mr Siboniso Mbhele, visited the Ntanda Mobile Clinic point in Mzinyathi area of ward 3 today, 06 March 2024.

    Ntanda project is referred to as the mobile point because it is a site where the mobile clinic is deployed fourth-nightly for the people of this area to access health services provided by the KZN Department of Health.

    The reports pointed out that the project is essential to the community. However, the community is requesting the intervention of the Department of Health to capacitate this Ntanda and convert it into a fully-fledged healthcare facility.

    MEC Frazer committed to take the matter up with the Department of Health.

    Venue: Ntanda Mobile Point, Ward 3, Ethekwini Municipality

    Date: 06 March 2024

    OSS Cabinet Day: MEC Frazer Monitors Bailey Bridge Project in the EThekwini Municipality

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, together with the Department of Transport HOD, Mr Siboniso Mbhele, and officials from various spheres of Government, visited the Bailey Bridge Project called Mzinyathi L3105 as part of Operation Sukuma Sakhe Programme to monitor the progress of service delivery to the community of ward 3 in the EThekwini Municipality today, 06 March 2024.

    The Bailey Bridge currently under construction in Mzinyathi area is part of the Government’s Welisizwe Rural Bridges Programme. This is a programme initiated by Government to ensure urgent construction of bridges and to eradicate the low lying water bridges that are making it difficult for people to cross from one area to another, especially during the rainy inclement weather.

    Mzinyathi L3105 project started on 11 November 2022 and was due to be complete on 10 March 2023. The project encountered some delayed due to severe weather conditions and other financially related issues. The new completions date is 30 March 2025.

    “I am happy that even though we have not met our initial completion target date, the project is 90% complete, and it is satisfying to see the collaboration of SANDF with community members in projects like these,” said MEC Frazer.

    Mzinyathi L3105 Bailey Bridge is constructed by SADF and members of the community recruited through the Expanded Public Works Programme.

    Venue: Mzinyathi L3105, in Ward 3, EThekwini Municipality

    Date: 06 March 2024

    Province of KwaZulu-Natal 2024/2025 Medium Term Expenditure Framework Budget

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer attended the 2024/2025 Medium Term Expenditure Framework Budget today at the KZN Provincial Legislature in Pietermaritzburg.

    Venue: KZN Provincial Legislature in Pietermaritzburg.

    Date: 07 March 2024

    KZN Department of Education - Strategic Planning Briefing Session

    The Strategic Planning Directorate, led by the Director, Dr L Chetty hosted a Strategic Planning Briefing Session for the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, KZNDOE HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo and DDGs on the State of Education in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, held at the Maharani Hotel in Durban.

    Venue: Maharani Hotel, Durban.

    Date: 06 March 2024

    2-Day - KZNA Youth and Junior Provincial Championships

    Event: 2-Day - KZNA Youth and Junior Provincial Championships

    The purpose of the event is to bench mark the best athlete to present team KZN in the National Youth and Junior Championship in April.

    Mr Themba Kubheka, Chief Education Specialist for Co- Curricular Services presented DOE.

    The entries of the Athletes recorded to 398 participants in various Track and Fields events and this includes track events like Discuss, Long jump, Shotput, Juveline, Tripple Jump, High Jump and Hammer throw. Tracker meter run up are 100M, 200M, 400M, 1500M and 300 Hurdles. The learners age group were under 15,16 up to 20. The event was attended by both Departments, KZNA officials, stakeholders and parents.

    All Districts were represented except three Districts, uThukela, UGU and UMkhanyakude. The set off the athlete's started from schools that have qualified from four Clusters which are Amajuba Cluster which consists of Amajuba and UMzinyathi, second Custer is King Cetshwayo Cluster consist of Zululand District and King Cetshwayo District, third Cluster is EThekwini Cluster consist of UMlazi District, Pinetown District and ILembe District and fourth Cluster is UMgungundlovu Cluster consist of Harry Gwala District and UMgungundlovu District all school that partake in clusters are called KZN School Invitational.

    The league games, which also have to affiliate in clubs, KZN School invitational was assisted by DSAC and facilitated on the acquisition of licenses for this schools to participate in KZN Youth and Juniors Track and Field athletics.

    The reason behind the partnership is to improve the standards, thereby working towards the National Tournament and helping our learners to bring medals to the Province. The partnership with clubs played a major role in sports improvement, especially scouting talents in learners.

    KZNDOE, DSAC shared with KZNA how they analyse the performance of the 85 athletes to present Team KZN with no disturbance in of the learner that's within their clubs. This experienced programme will assist to recruit more athletes to the KZN Club, as a feeder of the club.

    The idea is to combine experience and talent to lift the level of participation from schools.

    Venue: Msunduzi Athletics Stadium, UMgungundlovu District

    Date: 01-02 March 2024

    Operation Sukuma Sakhe OSS/DDM Cabinet Day 2024 at EThekwini Metro Municipality

    Arrival and a Briefing Session held by the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together with the HOD Champion, Mr Sboniso Mbhele, ahead of the OSS/DDM Cabinet Day, which took place in the EThekwini Metro Municipality, Ward 03, Etafuleni Area.

    Venue: EThekwini Metro Municipality, Ward 03, Etafuleni Area.

    Date: 06 March 2024

    2-Day - KZNA Provincial Championship for Youth and Junior

    The Track and Field event went exceptionally well on the second day, with our participants meeting the standard time to qualify for the National Tournament. The majority of the athletes set their own qualification standards for the track and made their own qualifying time.

    Venue: Msunduzi Athletics Stadium, UMgungundlovu District

    Date: 01‐ 02 March 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony

    The Elandslaagte Circuit under the
    UThukela District is leading in quality results.

    The Mnambithi CMC obtained 86.7% above the 85% District target hosted its Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony at Crown Hotel in Ladysmith on 1st March 2024.

    The purpose of the event was to celebrate the Top Learners and Schools for their sterling performance that contributed to the District achievement of 82.92% and to award and recognise excellence and Hail teachers within Elandslaagte Circuit for their exceptional performance in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results.

    Venue: Crown Hotel in Ladysmith.

    Date: 1st March 2024

    2-Day - KZNA Youth and Junior Provincial Championships

    The purpose of the event is to bench mark the best athlete to present team KZN in the National Youth and Junior Championship in April.

    Mr Themba Kubheka, Chief Education Specialist for Co- Curricular Services presented DOE.

    The entries of the Athletes recorded to 398 participants in various Track and Fields events and this includes track events like Discuss, Long jump, Shotput, Javelin, Triple Jump, High Jump and Hammer throw. Tracker meter run up are 100M, 200M, 400M, 1500M and 300 Hurdles. The learners age group were under 15,16 up to 20. The event was attended by both Departments, KZNA officials, stakeholders and parents.

    All Districts were represented except three Districts, uThukela, UGU and UMkhanyakude. The set off the athlete's started from schools that have qualified from four Clusters which are Amajuba Cluster which consists of Amajuba and UMzinyathi, second Custer is King Cetshwayo Cluster consist of Zululand District and King Cetshwayo District, third Cluster is EThekwini Cluster consist of UMlazi District, Pinetown District and ILembe District and fourth Cluster is UMgungundlovu Cluster consist of Harry Gwala District and UMgungundlovu District all school that partake in clusters are called KZN School Invitational.

    The league games, which also have to affiliate in clubs, KZN School invitational was assisted by DSAC and facilitated on the acquisition of licenses for this schools to participate in KZN Youth and Juniors Track and Field athletics.

    The reason behind the partnership is to improve the standards, thereby working towards the National Tournament and helping our learners to bring medals to the Province. The partnership with clubs played a major role in sports improvement, especially scouting talents in learners.

    KZNDOE, DSAC shared with KZNA how they analyse the performance of the 85 athletes to present Team KZN with no disturbance in of the learner that's within their clubs. This experienced programme will assist to recruit more athletes to the KZN Club, as a feeder of the club.

    The idea is to combine experience and talent to lift the level of participation from schools.

    Venue: Msunduzi Athletics Stadium, UMgungundlovu District

    Date: 01‐ 02 March 2024

    2024 RCL Inauguration at the UMzinyathi District

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s UMzinyathi District held its 2024 RCL Inauguration at Dundee High School on Thursday, 29 February 2024.

    The RCL Chairpersons at school level, CMCs RCL Executive and District RCL Executive were inaugurated on this day.

    The outgoing 2023 District RCL Leadership handed over a drum to the newly elected Disrtict RCL Leadership.

    The ceremony was organized and hosted by the District Governance and Management Sub-directorate,Mrs SP Myeza.

    The ceremony was graced by the Governance and Management Head Office Officials, District Director, Circuit Managers, SNES Official, Principals of schools, Teacher Liaison Officers, RCL Chairpersons, and Secretaries.

    Venue: UMzinyathi District, Dundee High School.

    Date: 29 February 2024

    SOPA 2024 Debate

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer attended the post SOPA 2024 Debate Hybrid Sitting in the KZN Legislature.

    Venue: KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, PMB.

    Date: 29 February 2024

    KwaZulu-Natal State of the Province Address - SOPA

    The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, the Honourable Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube delivered the State of the Province Address today.

    The much-anticipated address is expected to give a detailed account of the performance of the Sixth Administration, while also outlining measures to deal with the social challenges facing the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    Also attending the Official Opening was the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, the Head of Department, Mr G.N Ngcobo, the Education Deputy Director-General: Corporate Services, Adv. Bheki Masuku, the Education Head of Communications: Mr Muzi Mahlambi and Ms Philakahle Ngubane.

    Venue: The Oval Cricket Stadium, Pietermaritzburg

    Date: 28 February 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 - Top NSC Examinations Matriculants and Teachers' Excellence Awards Ceremony

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education together with the Klipriver Circuit under the uThukela District hosted an Excellence Awards Ceremony to honour its Top Matriculants and hard working Teachers.

    Venue: M.L. Sultan Primary School Hall, Ladysmith.

    Date: 01 February 2024

    KwaZulu-Natal State of the Province Address - SOPA

    The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, the Honourable Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube delivered the State of the Province Address today.

    The much-anticipated address is expected to give a detailed account of the performance of the Sixth Administration, while also outlining measures to deal with the social challenges facing the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    Also attending SOPA were the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo.

    Venue: The Oval Cricket Stadium, Pietermaritzburg

    Date: 28 February 2024

    2-Day Eastern Cape DoE Visit

    The Eastern Cape DoE Visits the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education for Benchmarking and Sharing of Best Practices with regards to the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations Results.

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education was visited by the Eastern Cape Department of Education to share the best practices for improved best practices of the NSC Examinations Results.

    The purpose of the visit focused on these benchmarking areas: Bachelor passes, Distinctions, Inclusive basket, District Performance, Centre performed, Progressed learners, Special Schools and independent Schools.

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s DDG for Curriculum Development and Management, Mr Sibongiseni Mazibuko, welcomed all the delegates present and chaired the meeting.

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education presented its 2024 Provincial Academic Improvement Plan for 2024 and has set itself a new target of 91% for the Academic Year 2024. Districts set their own targets in line with the Provincial target setting and also laid out the strategies they will use and believe in improving the NSC Examinations Results and delivering quality education.

    KZNDoE shared how they analyse the previous year's NSC final performance to guide them in what needs special attention. This seeks to demonstrate the extent of success of the Academic Improvement Plan in terms of the set objectives as each objective is discussed in terms what it wanted to achieve.

    The objective of 2024 Provincial Academic Improvement Plan for KZNDoE is to increase the pass percentage to 100 with a minimum of 91.4%, to increase the 100% schools by 5% from 2023 to 2024, to increase the bachelor passes and diploma passes by 5%.

    To improve pass percentage and distinctions in Mathematics and Sciences, Technology and Technical subjects, Economics Management Sciences to above 85%, Social Sciences and Service subjects,

    To achieve between 90% and 100% in Art subjects. To eliminate schools that perform at 40% and to improve performance of learners with Special Education Needs.

    Mrs Sindi Zakuza-Njakazi, Chief Director: Curriculum Management said, "We analyse all the performance from Grade one to Grade 12. This helps us to understand the type of cohort we have and to Identify where the struggle starts and what needs to be done to improve the performance in time."

    The Eastern Cape DoE, DDG for Curriculum Development and Management, Mr Ray Tywakadi expressed his gratitude to the KZN Department of Education Team for sharing their ideas, tip offs and practices that will be implemented in the EC DoE Academic Improvement Plan.

    "Our strategy will now focus more on the points taken and the ideas to set targets which makes everything easy and interesting. It is a very good strategy. Change does not come out of the blue, it takes some kind of thinking out of the box and implementation to succeed," said the EC DoE DDG: Curriculum Development and Management, Mr Ray Tywakadi.

    Venue: Port Shepstone High School, UGU District

    Date: 27‐ 28 February 2024

    Official Opening of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature

    His Majesty, ISILO Misuzulu kaZwelithini officially opened the KZN Legislature today, 27 February 2024.

    During his address, His Majesty called for an end to the killing of amakhosi, izinduna and councillors.

    The Zulu Monarch appealed to law enforcement officers to arrest those who murder community leaders.

    His Majesty appealed for peaceful elections in May.

    KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube thanked Isilo for his words of wisdom and commended the cordial relationship between the Zulu Royal Household and the Provincial Government.

    Also attending the Official Opening was the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, the Head of Department, Mr G.N Ngcobo, the Education Deputy Director-General: Corporate Services, Adv. Bheki Masuku and the Education Head of Communications: Mr Muzi Mhlambi.

    Tomorrow, the Premier will present the State of the Province Address outlining the work of the Provincial Government.

    #KZNSOPA2024

    Venue: Oval Cricket Ground

    Date: 27 February 2024

    MEC Frazer visits the Bereaved Zikhali Family in Jozini

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer visited the Zikhali Family in the KwaJobe area of Jozini today, in the UMkhanyakude District.

    The Zikhali Family lost three children who reportedly drowned while swimming in Sodwana Bay during a family vacation.

    While two bodies of the three children were retrieved and buried yesterday, the third child is still missing.

    These three children were in Grades 8, 9, and 10 at Lifakethu High School.

    MEC Frazer visited the family to convey her condolences about the sad loss of their family members.

    “We know that words cannot bring them back, especially those that we buried, but we are here to support the family during this difficult time,” said MEC Frazer.

    She further told the family that this is also a sad loss to the Department of Education, because educators and learners become one family; therefore, losing a learner's life equals losing a family member.

    Venu: Zikhali Home, KwaJobe, in UMkhanyakude District

    Date: 26 February 2024

    UMgungundlovu District Extended MANCO Planning Meeting

    The UMgungundlovu District held their 2024 Annual Plenary Session under the theme, "Sihamba Sonke: Growing uMgungundlovu District", with a performance of 85,1% in 2023 National Senior Certificate Examinations Results.

    The District wants to ensure they improve in the current Academic Year 2024.

    The District Director, Mr Sqhamo Mabinza, welcomed and shared the purpose of the day with District Officials.

    "I am happy with the work you have done thus far, I want us to return to being the top performing District in the Province and I believe this collective can do it," said, District Director, Mr Sqhamo Mabinza.

    Presentations throughout the day demostrated that the District is indeed moving in the right direction with emphasis on issues of curriculum management, delivery and monitoring. Supporting reading in schools. A clear Mathematics Strategy to improve performance in the subject and a District Academic Improvement Plan that covers in the main, FET phase and how the District will support other phases to ensure quality performance from as early as ECD.

    The District has set a minimum target of 90% as well as increase the number of schools obtaining 100% pass in the NSC Examinations to at least 30 in 2024.

    Venue: Northern Park Primary School, PMB.

    Date: 26 February 2024

    MEC Frazer celebrated the Jozini Circuit 2023 NSC Examinations Results at an Awards Ceremony

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer celebrated the sterling performance of the Jozini Circuit, in the UMkhanyakude District today. Jozini Circuit is one of the 19 Circuits in the UMkhanyakude District. All Circuits achieved 80% and above in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results, with Jozini Circuit achieving 84.7%.

    A total of 1 423 candidates in Jozini successfully wrote their 2023 NSC Examinations, and 1 205 passed. This Circuit has the highest enrolment of NSC Candidates in the entire District. The performance of Jozini Circuit is crucial for the overall results of the UMkhanyakude District. The District Management has committed to focus on Jozini Circuit during the 2024 Academic Year so that UMkhanyakude can rise to the Number 1 position in the country. During the 2023 NSC Examinations, UMkhanyakude secured 4th position in the country and number 1 in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal when it achieved a 90% pass rate.

    MEC Frazer expressed her gratitude to educators for working hard, even under difficult financial circumstances in the Department of Education.

    “I hold all educators in high regard because I know your job is not easy, and that is why I always say our educators are the backbone of our education system,” said MEC Frazer.

    She further expressed her satisfaction with the support received by UMkhanyakude District from all stakeholders. MEC Frazer after her address handed over Certificates of Excellence to all School Principals in the Jozini Circuit.

    Venue: Cezwana Multi-Purpose Hall, in Jozini, Umkhanyakude District

    Date: 26 February 2024

    MEC Frazer Honours her promise to Velabahleke High School

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer was invited to Velabahleke High School's 2023 Matric Awards Ceremony earlier this year, 2024 and made a promise to secure a sponsorship of the school desks, after a plea was made by the principal, before the MEC’s address.

    She has personally secured the sponsorship consignment of school desks proudly sponsored by Toyota South Africa Motors (Pty) LTD, Isipingo Plant in favour of Velabahleke High School.
    Thus far, 100 school desks were delivered to date.

    MEC Frazer expresses her gratitude to Toyota South Africa Motors (Pty) LTD, Isipingo Plant led by Ms Annisha Ragoonandhan for their rapid response to the need of the learners.

    Venue: Velabahleke High School

    Date: 25 February 2024

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    Teacher Well-being Seminar

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education together with the Pinetown District hosted a Teacher Well-being Seminar today.

    The theme of the seminar was, "Educator Well-being to ensure Quality Teaching and Learning in the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education."

    Venue: Pinetown Girl's High School, Pinetown District.

    Date:23 February 2024

    MEC Frazer Applauds SASSA for their Continued Support to the Needy Learners

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, has expressed gratitude and applauded SASSA for the support they give to learners who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    She expressed this when she spoke at the Celebration for Social Grants Beneficiaries - 2023 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Top Achievers, hosted by the Department of Social Development in UMlazi District today.

    SASSA beneficiaries had the opportunity to motivate the youth and the Matric Class of 2023 as they pursue their next level of education.

    A gospel artist, Ms Hlengiwe Mlaba, was amongst the SASSA beneficiaries who motivated the 2023 Matric Top Achievers.

    SASSA works hand in hand with parents and caregivers to assist beneficiary learners throughout their studies.

    MEC Frazer applauded SASSA for helping learners even when they go to universities.

    “We are happy that SASSA has been there for our children, and I want to remind all parents and caregivers that all SASSA beneficiaries automatically qualify for NSFAS when they go to university,” said MEC Frazer.

    The Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, delivered her keynote address at the Awards Ceremony and outlined various interventions made by the Department of Social Development and particularly SASSA to the needy people of South Africa.

    Minister Zulu cautioned learners to use the NSFAS allowances wisely and should refrain from using it to buy alcohol. She expressed her pain about what she usually observes in students' accommodations during weekends.

    “The money given to students through NSFAS is taxpayers money, taken by the Government from all employees so that those who cannot afford basic means for a living can benefit, including the learners who cannot pay for their university studies,” said Minister Zulu.

    Furthermore, she advised young people to live their lives in a manner that they will be proud of in many years to come.

    Minister Zulu, together with MEC Frazer, handed over gifts to the 2023 NSC Top Achievers who are also SASSA beneficiaries.

    Venue: UMlazi Cinema, in UMlazi District

    Date: 23 February 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 Celebrating SASSA 2023 Matric Top Achievers Awards in the uMlazi District

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Frazer presided over the uMlazi District SASSA 2023 Matric Top Achievers Awards Ceremony.

    Joining MEC Frazer were the Minister for Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, Deputy Minister for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, HoD for Social Development, Ms Nelisiwe Vilakazi, Board Chairperson for National Youth Development Agency, Ms Asanda Luwaca and SASSA KZN Regional Executive Manager, Ms Thamo Mzobe

    Venue: Umlazi Cinema Hall, UMlazi.

    Date: Friday, 23 February 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 Amajuba District Schools Excellence Awards Ceremony

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer graced the Amajuba District Awards Ceremony held at Ferrum High School today, in Newcastle.

    Today’s event aimed to acknowledge exceptional work done by our dedicated educators and learners in the 2023 National Senior Certificate Examination Results.

    The Amajuba District is made up of 8 Circuit Management Centres, that supports schools to produce excellence results.

    The District achieved an 87% pass rate in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results. This is the highest percentage obtained compared with the previous years.

    The Amajuba District Director, Mr RTT Nzama outlined the purpose of the event, speaking to a packed hall he said, ‘’We are in a celebration mood, celebrating the excellence work of our educators, we are also grateful for the good relationship we have with the Amajuba District Municipality, thank you to all the stakeholders, who have contributed to the excellent results celebrated today. The excellence that we celebrate today is because of sweat, commitment and hard work.”

    Furthermore, he also commended the unions and all subject advisors for both FET & GET band for their support.

    Chief Director of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, Dr David Chonco, District Operation Management in his address rendered the message of support and applauded all the Districts for obtaining over 80% in the 2023 National Senior Certificate Examinations results.

    "There were targets that were set by the Department of Basic Education and the Amajuba District has done very well in that regard. All the best to Amajuba District again for the good work that you are doing,” said Dr Chonco.

    Dr Moses Thomas Simelane, Acting Deputy Director General ( DDG) of Policy Support and Monitoring in the Department of Basic Education was the Guest Speaker in this prestigious event and he mentioned that, "As we celebrate the Class of 2023, we are indeed all speaking in one voice on these stars, it is heart warming that KZN contributed 44.8% of bachelor's for the first time in the history of Education, we need this kind of Excellence in our country”, said DDG,
    Dr Moses Thomas Simelane.

    During her address, MEC Frazer said, "Our educators are the pillars of our education system, We are here to celebrate the hard work of our educators, Amajuba District obtained 87% in the 2023 National Senior Certificate Examinations Results, which surpasses the previous years results."

    MEC Frazer together with Mayor Misizwe Ndabuko Zulu handed over Awards to the Top 10 Learners in the Amajuba District.

    Venue : Ferrum High School, Amajuba District

    Date: 22 February 2024

    3- Days Curriculum Management and Delivery Extended Branch Meeting and Workshop

    The Curriculum Management and Delivery Branch held an Extended Branch Meeting and Workshop to deliberate on strategic focus areas. This included operational, management plans strategic interventions in support of curriculum implementation.

    Day 3 of the Workshop entailed report back from the commissions formulated in Day 2 with the focus areas being ECD, Reading, and FET. The discussions also included strategies to improve Maths, Leadership in Education and Curriculum Management.

    Venue: Riverside Hotel, Durban.

    Date: 19 - 21 February 2024

    UMgungundlovu District Matric Class of 2023 NSC Examinations Excellence Awards

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education UMgungundlovu District in partnership with uMgungundlovu District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council and the South African Youth Council hosted an Awards Ceremony to honor learners and educators that performed well in the 2023 NSC Examinations.

    The effort and dedication of all district officials, teachers and learners ensured that the District obtained a 85,01% pass rate.

    Present at the Matric Class of 2023 NSC Examinations Excellence Awards Ceremony were, Inkosi Khethokuhle Zondi, Deputy Chairperson of uMgungundlovu District Traditional House of Leaders, Mr Muziwokuthula Zuma, District Mayor of uMgungundlovu District, Mr Thami Mbanjwa, Chief Director: Office of the HoD, Mrs Thembelihle Gumede, Chief Director: District Operations Management, Dr Ntokozo Hlongwane, author and motivational speaker, Bishop Nkosinathi Myaka, Chairperson of the KZN Christian Council, Mr Thabo Seme, Chairperson of South African Youth Council, Professor Precious Sibanda, UKZN Professor, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Mr Themba Ndhlovu, CEO: SBD Systems and Mr Pratish Ramdas, CEO: EST Sourcing who also gave generously donated towards the event.

    Mr Sqhamo Mabinza, District Director: uMgungundlovu, "to the Class of 2023, thank you for the good work done even though there were difficult times. 2023 provided us with great quality in terms of bachelors and distinctions". The District saw an improvement of 1% in 2023.

    Mr Thami Mbanjwa who represented the Head of Department said, "As a Province we saw it coming because we had plans to ensure that we get positive results". This year KZN has set a minimum target of 90%.

    His Worship the District Mayor, Mr Muziwokuthula Zuma, shared these words with the esteemed guests, "Congratulations to the Class of 2023 we are walking tall as the district leadership because of your hard work. You need to sustain this momentum, remain one of the best performing provinces in the country".

    UMgungundlovu District has committed to a target of no less than 90%.

    Venue: Maritzburg College, Pietermaritzburg

    Date: 21 February 2024

    MEC Frazer Meets Isipingo Sports Council in the UMlazi District

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer joined Isipingo Sports Council Meeting for a meet and greet session, that took place at Windy Heights Primary School, today.

    The meeting was attended by principals of participating schools as members of the Isipingo Sports Council and the purpose was to discuss the 2024 Sporting Programmes.

    Venue: Windy Heights Primary School, in the UMlazi District

    Date: 20 February 2024

    MEC Frazer Applauds Velabahleke High School’s Matric Class of 2023

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms. Mbali Frazer, celebrated the achievements of Velabahleke High School's Matric Class of 2023 today, on 27 January 2024.

    Velabahleke High School, which is in the UMlazi District, achieved a 100% pass rate in the Academic Years 2021 and 2022. In 2023, the school not only maintained this exceptional pass rate but also enhanced the quality of the matric results, securing 213 Bachelor passes out of 254 candidates.

    Today’s event was a collaborative initiative by the Velabahleke High Foundation, the Velabahleke High School Alumni, the School Governing Body (SGB), the School Management Team, and other strategic stakeholders who provide unwavering support to the institution.

    The awards ceremony was graced by graduates who completed their Matric at Velabahleke High School. They, along with Velabahleke’s Principal, Mr Mhlongo, were adorned in their graduation gowns showcasing various hoods representing the qualifications they obtained at different tertiary institutions. The aim was to motivate the Class of 2024, who were also invited to the event.

    MEC Frazer extended her heartfelt congratulations to Velabahleke's Class of 2023 for their outstanding performance in the 2023 National Senior Certificate Examinations. She further encouraged them to persevere despite the challenges they might encounter in the future.

    "There will be challenges and mistakes along the way, but please never give up on your education and your dreams," remarked MEC Frazer.

    She also expressed gratitude to the School Management Team, the dedicated Educators from Velabahleke High School, and those from other schools who played a significant role in the success of the Class of 2023.

    "I commend all of you for going above and beyond to support our learners, even after hours and on weekends, ensuring that no child is left behind," said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer joined other dignitaries in presenting awards to the top achievers of Velabahleke High School.

    Venue: Durban ICC

    Date: 27 January 2024

    MEC Frazer Introduces a Professional Design Team for Infrastructure Upgrades at Adams College

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer has today, 20 February 2024, introduced a Professional Design Team for the infrastructure upgrade at Adams College under the UMlazi District.

    Adams College is known for its rich history of producing great leaders of this country and the continent. The school hosted its 170th Anniversary Event in 2023, which was graced by the presence of the Secretary-General of the ANC, Mr Fikile Mbalula.

    While speaking at the anniversary event last year, Mr Mbalula urged the KZN Department of Education to get closer to this institution and assist with infrastructural upgrades so that the good academic performance of Adams College does not get negatively affected by infrastructural challenges.

    Today, MEC Frazer descended to Adams College and announced that the Independent Development Trust (IDT) will be the Implementing Agent for the Adams College infrastructure upgrades.

    The scope of work comprises the major refurbishment and rehabilitation of the Administration Block, Standard Classrooms, Multi-purpose Rooms, Computer Rooms, and Hostels facilities for boys and girls.

    The project will also include the construction of new fencing, relocation of sports fields and change rooms, and reticulation of water, sewer, and storm water drainage.

    This development will also include internal road and walkway reticulation, SMART Classrooms or school components, decommissioning and installation of new mechanical equipment, upgrading electrical installation and connections, upgrading firefighting equipment, compliances and all other building regulation compliances, inclusive access to all buildings and facilities as well as rehabilitation of Heritage Buildings.

    The project will be implemented in terms of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), and job opportunities will be prioritized for the youth, women, military veterans as well as LGBTQIA+.

    Furthermore, SMMEs from the local community will benefit from this project.

    The project will provide skills development opportunities by training unskilled and semi-skilled workers throughout the project.

    “This is in line with our goals as the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, which is to create a safe, modern, vibrant, and technologically advanced learning environment for the delivery of quality education for generations to come,” said MEC Frazer.

    The Principal of Adams College, Mr Zulu, expressed gratitude for the upgrade development announced by MEC Frazer.

    "As your principal, I pledge that the quality of the academic results at Adams College continue in its trajectory and I commit to work hard together with teachers, learners and parents to maintain the 100% pass rate and thereby, improve the results to a quality 100%," said Mr Zulu.

    Venue: Adams College, in UMlazi District.

    Date 20 February 2024

    3-Day Curriculum Management and Delivery Branch Meeting and Workshop

    Day 1 - The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Branch: Curriculum Management and Delivery held an extended Seminar and Workshop to deliberate on Strategic Focus Areas.

    This includes Operational, Management Plans, Strategic Interventions in Support of Curriculum Implementation.

    Venue: Riverside Hotel, Durban

    Date: 19-21 February 2024

    MEC Frazer Introduced a Professional Design Team

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education Ms Mbali Frazer Introduced a Professional Design Team at Adams College today.

    Venue: Adams College.

    Date: 20 February 2024

    MEC Frazer joins Deputy Minister Mhaule in a Prayer Service for a Successful 2024 Academic Year

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, joined by Deputy Minister for Basic Education, Dr Regina Mhaule, in a Prayer Service for the 2024 academic year, that was hosted by Anglican Church at Osizwen today, 18 February 2024, under the Amajuba District.

    The purpose of today’s prayer service was to motivate learners to believe in God and focus on their studies.

    Church Leaders collectively prayed for intellect, knowledge and wisdom on behalf of the Deputy Minister Mhaule, MEC Frazer, officials, educators as well as learners for a successful 2024 Academic Year.

    MEC Frazer expressed gratitude for the warm welcome and the Prayer Service for the 2024 Academic Year.

    “In 2023, we prayed for a peaceful and event-free Academic Year so that our learners could focus on their studies. Today, we are here in the House of God again to pray for a successful 2024 Academic Year”, said MEC Frazer.

    KwaZulu-Natal secured the second position in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results by achieving an 86.4% Pass Rate.

    Deputy Minister Mhaule attributed these results to the role played by Churches and the support received by educators and learners during the 2023 Academic Year.

    “KZN gave us the best results in 2023, and the leading districts are those in deep rural areas like UMkhanyakude District”, said Deputy Minister Mhaule.

    Venue: Anglican Church, Osizweni, in Amajuba District.

    Date: 18 February 2024

    SADTU KZN Matric Excellence Awards Ceremony 2023

    Today, SADTU KZN hosted the 7th annual Matric Excellence Awards Ceremony which took place at the Olive Convention Centre in North Beach, Durban.

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo delivered his Message of Support at the 7th Matric Excellence Awards Ceremony and the Keynote speaker was SADTU General Secretary, Mr Mugwena Maluleke.

    Venue: Olive Convention Centre, Durban.

    Date: 16 February 2024

    Matric Excellence Awards 2023

    The SADTU KZN 7th Matric Excellence Awards Gala Dinner took place last night at SADTU House in Durban.

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer offered her message of support at the 7th Matric Excellence Awards Gala Dinner Ceremony held in Durban last night.

    Venue: SADTU House

    Date: 15 February 2024

    Embracing Learning Through Play for ECD

    VVOB- Education for Development partners with the Department of Basic Education (DBE), the South African Council for Educators (SACE), and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Department of Education (KZNDoE) to improve Early Grade Reading Instruction for Home Language in the Foundation Phase.

    VVOB is introducing two programmes that are aimed at empowering ECD educators and ECD learners to make it fun learning while playing.

    The EGRI Programme aims to improve the quality of early grade reading instruction in South Africa. The programme focuses on providing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses and resources for teachers who teach reading in the Foundation Phase, specifically Grade R-3.

    By offering accessible and practical learning materials, the EGRI Programme aims to enhance teachers' instructional practices and ultimately improve learners' reading outcomes.

    Funda Udlale Nathi, translated as "Learn and play with us" from IsiZulu, aims to strengthen the ability of ECD practitioners at national and provincial level to understand and apply play‐based pedagogies.

    The F.U.N. project is an initiative aimed at making learning fun and interactive for children using blended learning professional development approach. The project focuses on introducing playful teaching methods in schools, where educators incorporate games, activities and creative approaches to engage children in their learning processes.

    Venue: Riverside Hotel Conference Centre

    Date: 15 February 2023

    Teacher Well-being Seminar

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education together with the ILembe District hosted a Teacher Well-being Seminar today.

    The theme of the seminar was, "Educator Well-being to ensure Quality Teaching and Learning in the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education."

    Venue: Stanger High School, under the iLembe District.

    Date:15 February 2024

    World Read Aloud Day 2024

    The Ashdown Primary School in Pietermaritzburg hosted their World Read Aloud Day on Friday the 9th of February 2024 as part of the Read Aloud Month and a directive from KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education ELITS Directorate.

    All phases of the school participated and the level of reading was of an exceptional standard that exhibited diligent work conducted by the Teachers.

    The importance of reading at all levels, including at home were emphasized.

    The school also congratulated and celebrated the good news of a Learner, that was accepted at Oprah School, after a series of tests that proved she qualified for admission.

    Venue: Ashdown Primary School in the Ashdown Township in Pietermaritzburg.

    Date: 09 February 2024

    MEC Frazer Introduces Building Contractor for Ohlanga High School, Inanda, Pinetown District

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer officially introduced a building contractor for an upgrade soon to be the state-of-the-art historical institution of Ohlanga High School, under the Pinetown District.

    The construction upgrade project of Ohlanga High School will cost the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education to the tune of R127,8 Million. The construction is scheduled to run over a period of 10 months. The project will provide job creation and priority will be given to local sub-contractors owned by women, youth, disabled persons, military veterans and LGBTQ.

    The scope of work is extensive. It includes a new mechanical workshop, a multi-purpose classroom, a computer room, a team-teaching area, and new ablution facilities for both boys and girls. We will also construct a new double-story classrooms and conduct repairs on all existing classrooms. In addition, the upgrades will include extensive repairs and additions to the admin block, install perimeter fencing, and create new parking bays, an assembly area and a combi court.

    MEC Frazer announced that during the Budget Speech in April 2023, she declared that the Department will be prioritising the renovation and upgrades of Ohlange High School in the 2023/24 financial year, we are here to fulfil that commitment.

    She further stated that the construction of the new state-of-the-art Ohlange High School Site establishment has already commenced, and we want to see this project completed by 31 October 2025,” said MEC Frazer.

    Venue: Ohlanga High School, Pinetown District

    Date: 13 February 2024

    Official Hand over and Introduction of Building Contractor for Ohlange High School in Inanda

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer will Officially Introduce and Handover a Building Contractor to the community of Ohlange High School
    for a facelift in the Pinetown District.

    "The scope of work in this soon to be the state-of-the-art historical institution, includes
    an admin block, mechanical workshop, multipurpose classroom, computer room,
    double story classrooms, boys and girls ablution facilities, the repairs of all existing
    classrooms and many other amenities," said MEC Frazer.

    Ohlange High School is an institution rich in history and heritage. The school was
    founded by John Langalibalele Dube in 1901 and was the school identified by
    President Nelson Mandela as the place where he would cast his first vote.

    Venue: OHlange High School, Pinetown District

    Date: 13 February 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 - NSC Examinations Excellence Awards Ceremony

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education together with Umshwathi Municipality, UMgungundlovu District hosted the Matric Class of 2023 - Excellence Awards to Top Students and Educators for their hard work and excellent achievements.

    Venue: The Breeze Inn

    Date: 09 February 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 - MEC Frazer Celebrates the Sterling Performance of Ndwedwe CMC in the 2023 NSC Examinations

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer celebrated the 2023 National Senior Certificate Examinations Results for the Ndwedwe Circuit Management Centre during the Matric Excellence Awards Ceremony hosted by the Ndwedwe Local Municipality today, 09 February 2024, in the iLembe District.

    ILembe District has improved its performance in the NSC Examinations for the past three years in succession.

    The District achieved a 76% pass rate in 2021 and an 84% pass rate in 2022.

    This District surpassed all its previous records with an 88.69% pass rate in the 2023 NSC Examinations, with Ndwedwe CMC leading at a 90.52% pass rate.

    All Circuits in iLembe District have committed to work towards a minimum target of 80% for the 2024 Academic Year.

    “The performance of iLembe District is significant because, in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results, this District secured position 8 in the Top 10 Districts of South Africa”, said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer congratulated all the learners for putting Ndwedwe CMC and the entire iLembe District on the national map.

    “I want you to know that your dedication, hard work, and perseverance have not gone unnoticed, and today, we celebrate your remarkable accomplishments,” remarked MEC Frazer.

    The Ndwedwe Local Municipality Mayor, Cllr SC Mfeka, announced that 50 Learners will receive full bursaries, and 70 will get registration fees for their tertiary studies.

    ILembe District Director, Dr. Madondo, and the Mayor of Ndwedwe Local Municipality, Cllr SC Mfeka, joined MEC Frazer when she handed over Awards to the Top Achievers.

    Venue: Johnny Makhathini Hall, in Ndwedwe Local Municipality

    Date: 09 February 2024

    Launch of the UMkhanyakude District 2024 Academic Improvement Plan

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo presided over the Launch of the UMkhanyakude District 2024 Academic Improvement Plan Session held at Khulani Special School under UMkhanyakude District.

    The theme is, “Working towards better learner performance.”

    Venue : Khulani Special School, UMkhanyakude District.

    Date : 09 February 2024

    Launch of the UMkhanyakude District 2024 Academic Improvement Plan

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo presided over the Launch of the UMkhanyakude District 2024 Academic Improvement Plan Session held at Khulani Special School under UMkhanyakude District.

    The theme is, “Working towards better learner performance.”

    Venue : Khulani Special School, UMkhanyakude District.

    Date : 09 February 2024

    Class of 2023 - NSC Examinations Mayoral Top Achievers Awards Ceremony

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer will be the Chief Guest of Honour at the Class of 2023 - NSC Examinations Mayoral Top Achievers Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Ndwedwe Local Municipality.

    Venue : Johnny Makhathini Hall, Ndwedwe Local Municipality.

    Date: 09 February 2024

    MEC Frazer Congratulates Harry Gwala District for their Sterling Performance in 2023 NSC Examinations

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer congratulated Officials, Educators and Learners in the Harry Gwala District for their Sterling Performance in the 2023 National Senior Certificate Examinations.

    MEC Frazer was speaking at the Matric Excellence Awards Ceremony hosted by the Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Local Municipality today, 8 February 2024, in Bulwer.

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Harry Gwala District improved significantly by an increase of 4.6% from 82.5% in 2022 NSC Results and achieved 87.1% in the 2023 NSC Examinations.

    MEC Frazer advised Learners to choose their careers wisely and to enrol in careers that have employment opportunities.

    “We currently have a challenge of graduates who are sitting at home, including qualified teachers, because they chose to specialise in subjects that already have a surplus of educators”, said MEC Frazer.

    She added that, “If you chose to pursue your studies in education, it must be in Mathematics and Science, because these subjects have a shortage of educators”.

    MEC Frazer together with Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Local Municipality Mayor, Councillor Sindy Msomi, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Kholeka Hadebe, and Speaker, Councillor Sifiso Phoswa handed over Awards to the 2023 NSC Examinations Top Achievers in the District.

    Venue: Bulwer Community Hall

    Date: 08 February 2024

    MEC Frazer Meets with Top Management

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms. Mbali Frazer Chaired a Top Management Meeting held today, 08 February 2024, at Truro House Durban.

    Venue: MEC's Boardroom, Truro House, Durban.

    Date: 08 February 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 - Excellent Achievements, and Awards Ceremony

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together with the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and the Local Municipality, Harry Gwala District jointly awarded Top Students and Educators for their hard work and excellent achievements during the Matric Class of 2023 Excellence Awards Ceremony.

    Venue: Bulwer Community Hall.

    Date: 08 February 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 - ILembe District Celebrates Excellence and a Significant Improvement in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results

    ILembe District obtained a 76% in 2021 and 84% in 2022. The District has improved with a significant increase of 4.2% in 2023 and achieved a 88.6% pass rate. ILembe District achieved third position in the Province. This is the highest percentage obtained in the history of the ILembe District.

    The District Director, Dr Musawenkosi Madondo was very proud to announce, that it was for the first time in the history, that the ILembe District was invited to the National Awards Ceremony and scooped 8th position Nationally.

    The ILembe District increased the number of schools that achieved a 100% pass rate to 32 schools and became the leading District in the 2023 NSC Results. The District has significantly improved and bagged to many of their first ever.

    The District Director in his Keynote Address congratulated the top achievers for their sterling performance in their 2023 NSC Examinations.

    "It is because of the hard work and the dedication of our teachers, the support of the parents that, also played a huge role.

    Our theme for 2024 is, 'Towards Excellence' because that's where we are heading as a District."

    The District Director handed over Awards to the Top Achievers in the District.

    Venue: Sibusisiwe Community Hall, Mandeni.

    Date: 07 February 2024.

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer Celebrates World Read Aloud Day 2024

    The MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Mbali Frazer together with Members of Senior Management of the Department of Education, after a briefing session interacted with Learners in the assembly area to greet and motivated Learners on the importance of Reading.

    The Learners also provided entertainment in the form of poems and music to the VIP dignitaries.

    The second part of the programme, consisted of Learners showcasing their reading capabilities to the audience. The reading was undertaken in both English and IsiZulu. These demonstrations, as part of World Read Aloud Day 2024 were to reinforce the important of reading with understanding that will take place within the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    Various education stakeholders present also offered messages of support to the Learners and the public present.

    During her address to an august assembly, MEC Frazer said, "The plan is to roll out this programme to Districts and Schools until we have book clubs in every community. I envision our book clubs as inclusive spaces welcoming readers of all ages and backgrounds. It’s important to continue to invest in libraries, that must be packed with a wide variety of books. Both young and old can go to any library and borrow books of their choice free of charge."

    Furthermore MEC Frazer said, “I want to encourage you to explore the richness of literature in indigenous language, fostering a deep connection to our cultural heritage.”

    Venue: Muntuza Full Services School

    Date: 07 February 2024

    World Read Aloud Day 2024 – KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Celebration

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer celebrated World Read Aloud Day with Members of Top Management, Deputy Director-General: Corporate Services, Adv. Bheki Masuku, Educators and Learners at Muntuza Full Service School.

    The theme for 2024, “ _Discovering a Social-Emotional Lifeline Through Reading.”_

    World Book Day was created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. The first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland took place in 1997 to encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading.

    Reading aloud helps students learn how to use language to make sense of the world; it improves their information processing skills, vocabulary, and comprehension.

    Reading aloud targets the skills of audio learners. Research has shown that teachers who read aloud motivate students to read.

    Venue: Muntuza Full Service School.

    Date: 07 February 2024

    Mbuso Kubheka Engineering & Technology School of Excellence Stakeholders Meeting

    The Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal under the Amajuba District will open a New Focus School, which will be the Third Focus School in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    Mbuso Kubheka Engineering & Technology School of Excellence Stakeholders Meeting was Chaired by the DDG for Corporate Services Management, Advocate Bheki Masuku which was held at Huttenpark Primary School to discuss issues pertaining to the various workstreams in respect of the official opening, which is set to be the 3rd of April 2024.

    Progress reports were presented by the various workstreams.

    Amongst the workstreams that presented were: Infrastructure Facilities, ICT & IT, Human Resources Staffing, Finance, Resourcing, Funding and Services, Learner Admissions, Curriculum, Governance and Legal Services and Communication with regards to Advocacy and Publicity

    The Interim Management Structure, that will be responsible in governing Mbuso Kubheka Focus School was also introduced in the meeting.

    Venue: Huttenpark Primary School.

    Date: 05 February 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 - MEC Frazer Hails uMlazi District for Significant Improvement in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer has hailed educators of the uMlazi District for the significant improvement in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results.

    During her Keynote Address at the uMlazi District 2023 NSC Excellence Awards Ceremony, MEC Frazer expressed her gratitude for the efforts made by the District in providing support to educators and NSC Candidates.

    Out of 21 370 NSC Candidates, an impressive 9 636 achieved bachelor passes, making uMlazi the leading District in bachelor passes in KwaZulu-Natal.

    uMlazi is the leading District in Mathematics and Physics in the whole country. In the 2023 NSC Examinations, uMlazi increased the number of schools that achieved a 100% pass rate from 17 to 20, and those that performed at 80% and above rose from 86 to 101.

    “As the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, we no longer aim for excellence. However, to achieve our objectives, we need uMlazi to unleash its true potential”, said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer congratulated uMlazi District's Top Achievers for their sterling performance in their 2023 NSC Examinations. She warned them that as they begin to advance their studies at tertiary institutions, they must know that institutions of higher learning are a different environment from basic education.

    “Always stay focused and remember that you are there to study, pass, and pursue your dreams in the work environment. You must never allow any strange characters to defocus you on your journey”, remarked MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer, together with the Deputy Director-General responsible for Curriculum Development and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko and the uMlazi District Director, Mrs Busi Mahlambi, handed over Awards to the Top Achievers in the District.

    Venue: Northwood Secondary School, in Durban North

    Date: 02 February 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 - Top NSC Examinations Matriculants and Teachers' Excellence Awards Ceremony

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education together with the Klipriver Circuit under the uThukela District hosted an Excellence Awards Ceremony to honour its Top Matriculants and hard working Teachers.

    Venue: M.L. Sultan Primary School Hall, Ladysmith.

    Date: 01 February 2023.

    Class of 2023 - Matric Awards Ceremony

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Mashiyamahle Secondary School hosted its Matric Awards Ceremony today, scoring a 95.6% pass in the 2023 NSC Examinations.

    Venue: Mashiyamahle Secondary School, Ndwedwe OZwathini Circuit.

    Date: 31 January 2024

    UMgungundlovu District Principals Meeting

    The UMgungundlovu District today held a Principals Meeting to give matching orders for the 2024 Academic Year.

    Having obtained 85,1% in the 2023 NSC Examinations Results, the District Director, Mr Sqhamo Mabinza, wants to ensure that all officials in the District are working towards the same goal of achieving a minimum target of 90% in the 2024 NSC Examinations.

    Welcoming principals of all schools in the District, Mr Mabinza, said, "Thank you for the work done in 2023, we are operating in the super league.

    Right now you are performing at A level. I believe there is still more we can do, in spite of the challenges we face everyday in our schools."

    The District presented a detailed report of the 2023 NSC Examinations Results and gave direction for the 2024 Academic Year in respect of non-negotiables and will ensure not to loose momentum in its drive to improve learning outcomes.

    Mrs Thembelihle Gumede, Chief Director, District Operations Management, congratulated the District for not underperforming.

    "You performed at 85,1% slightly below the provincial pass rate of 86,4%."

    The performance of the Class of 2023 is water under the bridge now. We are starting on a new page, we need to reflect on what we can improve. I want us to strive for 100%", said Mrs Gumede.

    Venue: Maritzburg College, Pietermaritzburg.

    Date: 30 January 2024

    MEC Frazer Meets Top Management

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms. Mbali Frazer convened a Top Management Meeting today, 30 January 2024, in Pietermaritzburg.

    The Top Management received and discussed reports on Admissions and Enrolment, Scholar Transport, Early Childhood Development, the National School Nutrition Programme, the State of Finances in the Department, and the Progress on Staffing of Schools.

    The meeting was attended by the Head of the Department of Education, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, DDG Corporate Services, Adv Bheki Masuku, DDG Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, DDG Institutional Development Support, Ms Weziwe Hadebe and Mr Lalsingh Rambaran, the Chief Financial Officer.

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

    Date: 30 January 2024

    MEC Frazer Applauds Velabahleke High School’s Matric Class of 2023

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms. Mbali Frazer, celebrated the achievements of Velabahleke High School's Matric Class of 2023 today, on 27 January 2024.

    Velabahleke High School, which is in the UMlazi District, achieved a 100% pass rate in the Academic Years 2021 and 2022. In 2023, the school not only maintained this exceptional pass rate but also enhanced the quality of the matric results, securing 213 Bachelor passes out of 254 candidates.

    Today’s event was a collaborative initiative by the Velabahleke High Foundation, the Velabahleke High School Alumni, the School Governing Body (SGB), the School Management Team, and other strategic stakeholders who provide unwavering support to the institution.

    The awards ceremony was graced by graduates who completed their Matric at Velabahleke High School. They, along with Velabahleke’s Principal, Mr Mhlongo, were adorned in their graduation gowns showcasing various hoods representing the qualifications they obtained at different tertiary institutions. The aim was to motivate the Class of 2024, who were also invited to the event.

    MEC Frazer extended her heartfelt congratulations to Velabahleke's Class of 2023 for their outstanding performance in the 2023 National Senior Certificate Examinations. She further encouraged them to persevere despite the challenges they might encounter in the future.

    "There will be challenges and mistakes along the way, but please never give up on your education and your dreams," remarked MEC Frazer.

    She also expressed gratitude to the School Management Team, the dedicated Educators from Velabahleke High School, and those from other schools who played a significant role in the success of the Class of 2023.

    "I commend all of you for going above and beyond to support our learners, even after hours and on weekends, ensuring that no child is left behind," said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer joined other dignitaries in presenting awards to the top achievers of Velabahleke High School.

    Venue: Durban ICC

    Date: 27 January 2024

    6-Days - School Functionality and School Readiness Oversight Visit and Debriefing Meeting

    The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education.

    Honourable Members of the Education Portfolio Committee together with the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer, HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo together with Senior Management Members conducted an oversight visit and Monitored School Functionality and Inspection of the School Infrastructure of Sihayo Technical School.

    During the De-brief meeting, The MEC and HOD briefed the Portfolio Committee Members on School Functionality and School Readiness in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    Members of the Portfolio Committee's main focus was on the damage of School Infrastructure caused by Floods under the UThukela and UMzinyathi Districts over.

    Venue : Siyaho Technical School.

    Date : 26 January 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 - Mountview Secondary School Top Achievers, Speech and Awards Ceremony

    Today, Mountview Secondary School in Verulam hosted its Top Achievers, Speech and Awards Ceremony.

    The school secured a pass rate of 92.12% pass rate, which is an increase compared to the previous year's pass rate.

    The Principal, Mr IC Govender expressed how proud he is of the Class of 2023 Matric Results.

    "These achievements we are celebrating today are a result of a deliberate and intense matching of skills, attitude and values in our Learners, that began long before Secondary School," Principal, said Mr IC Govender.

    He also thanked the teachers for working tirelessly and going the extra mile conducting morning classes, afternoon classes, intervention programmes over the weekends and vacation classes.

    Mr Muzi Mahlambi, the Head of Communication for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education was the guest speaker.

    In his address to the Class of 2023 he motivated the Matriculants and Learners, that are still in school.

    In his address, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, Head of Communications, Mr Muzi Mhlambi said, "Hard work is what brought us here today and we congratulate you for putting in the time and efforts."

    He further reminded Learners, that it is important to have dreams but dreams without goals will not materialize, have a plan that will help direct you to your dreams and always be consistent.

    In conclusion Mr Mahlambi said, "Don't forget to pray, don't be too shy to pray, don't be too proud to pray, prayer changes things."

    Venue: Verulam Day Care Centre

    Date: 26 January 2024

    MEC Frazer Handed-over School Uniforms to Identified Learners in the UThukela District

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer handed-over school uniforms to identified learners from Bambe Primary, Mhlungwini Primary, and Mabaso Primary Schools in Ntabamhlophe, Escourt, today 26 January 2024.

    The Government of KwaZulu-Natal established means to ensure that children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds get assistance and support for their development.

    Through the Department of Social Development and SASSA, the KZN Government is helping families that cannot afford uniforms for their children. Learners who cannot afford school uniforms are identified from various schools and SASSA then buys uniforms for them.

    As part of the initiatives of the KZN Government to take care of the destitute children, MEC Frazer handed-over uniforms to 30 identified Learners from three schools to ensure that all Learners feel the same when they are at school.

    “Family conditions and challenges must never determine how a Learner looks like at school because learners must be equal, regardless of their economic background”, said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer further motivated Learners and encouraged parents to give all the support to their children because they are the future of this country.

    Venue: Madazane Hall, Ntabamhlophe, in Escourt

    Date: 26 January 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 - National Senior Certificate Examinations Awards Ceremony - Durban Correctional Service Area

    MEC Frazer Applauds Inmates’ Academic Excellence in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Top Achievers Awards Ceremony in KZN

    KwaZulu-Natal Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer joined the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Ronald Lamola and Deputy Minister INkosi Phathekile Holomisa during the 2023 National Senior Certificate(NSC) Examinations Awards Ceremony at the Durban Correctional Management Area today, 23 January 2024.

    The event was attended by dignitaries from various spheres of Government including members of the KZN Legislature, Hon Vusi Dube and Hon Mondli Chiliza; Speaker of the EThekwini Municipality, Cllr Thabani Nyawose as well as the Chairperson of the KZN House of Traditional and Khoisan Leaders INkosi Sifiso Shinga.

    MEC Frazer said, “Usethubeni Youth in Pinetown District obtained a 100% pass rate in 2021, 2022 and in 2023;

    Qalakabusha Secondary in King Cetshwayo District obtained 100% pass rate in 2021, 2022 and in 2023; and

    Sicebengolwazi Secondary in Uthukela District maintained its 100% pass rate from their first cohort to sit for the NSC Examinations in 2022.

    This outstanding achievement is more than just a statistic; it reflects the dedication, hard work, and perseverance demonstrated by the inmates who refused to let adversity and past mistakes define the rest of their lives,” said MEC Frazer.

    MEC Frazer congratulated all the 2023 NSC Candidates saying they triumphed over adversity and the educators who tirelessly supported these Matriculants during their journey.

    Minister Lamola used the opportunity to encourage the learners in the Correctional Services Centre to take advantage of opportunities in vocational training.

    “It is not everyone who become successful through university, but there are opportunities available in vocational training which can provide you with very useful skills needed for you to succeed in life,” said Minister Lamola to inmates who passed their NSC Examinations.

    Top achievers for the 2023 NSC Examinations received awards for their sterling performance, with KZN recognised as the top performing Province.

    Venue: Durban Correctional Service Area

    Date: 23 January 2024

    HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo visited Phoenix Secondary School in Phoenix to Access the Fire Damage

    KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, visited Phoenix Secondary School under the Pinetown District to assess the fire damaged of the Administration Block of the school.

    Venue: Phoenix Secondary School

    Date: 22 January 2024

    HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo Congratulates Dr J.L Dube High School for a 100 % Pass Rate

    Today, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, visited Dr J.L Dube High School in KwaMashu, under the Pinetown District to congratulate the school for obtaining a 100% pass rate and a 70% Bachelor's pass in the 2023 National Senior Certificate Examinations.

    HOD Ngcobo also monitored the on-going construction of the school.

    Venue: Dr J.L Dube High School

    Date: 22 January 2024

    Thanksgiving at Church Service

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo joined the Methodist Covenant Church Service in Tongaat in Thanksgiving for the good Matric Results in the 2023 NSC Examinations and also for a successful start of the 2024 Academic Year, Back to School.

    HOD Ngcobo appreciated the
    prayers offered by the Methodist Covenant Church on behalf of the Department of Education.

    Venue: Methodist Covenant Church

    Date: 21 January 2024

    KZN Matric Class of 2023 - NSC Examinations Release of Results and National Teaching Awards

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer was joined by the Minster of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga and KZN Premier Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube in announcing the National Senior Certificate Examinations Release of Results for the Matric Class of 2023.

    Also in attendance were Members of Parliament, the Mayor of Durban, His Worship Councillor, Thomas Mxolisi Kaunda, Teacher Unions, School Governing Body and VIPs.

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    Venue: Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Complex, Durban.

    Date: 19 January 2024

    KZN Matric Class of 2023 - NSC Examinations Release of Results and National Teaching Awards

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer was joined by the Minster of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga and KZN Premier Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube in announcing the National Senior Certificate Examinations Release of Results for the Matric Class of 2023.

    Also in attendance were Members of Parliament, the Mayor of Durban, His Worship Councillor, Thomas Mxolisi Kaunda, Teacher Unions, School Governing Body and VIPs.

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    Venue: Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Complex, Durban.

    Date: 19 January 2024

    Breakfast Meeting with the Matric Class of 2023 Top Achievers Nationally

    The Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga and Deputy Minister, Dr Reginah Mhaule hosted a Breakfast Meeting with the Matric Class of 2023 Top Achievers across all Nine Provinces.

    Venue : MTN Innovation Centre, Randburg

    Date : 18 January 2024

    MEC Frazer meets Premier Dube-Ncube over 2023 NSC Examinations

    KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer together with HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo and Chief Director for Examinations, Dr Ray Penniston met the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube today, 18 January 2023 in Durban.

    The meeting discussed Matric Class of 2023 NSC Examinations Release of Results Awards Ceremony and the National Teaching Awards.

    Venue: Office of the Premier, The Marine Building in Durban.

    Date: 18 January 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 - NSC Examinations Release of Results and Awards Ceremony: Plenary Meeting

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education is underway with the preparations of the National Senior Certificate Examinations Release of Results and Awards Ceremony to take place on Friday, 19 January 2024.

    The Plenary Meeting was chaired by the Head of Department, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo.

    Joining the HOD was DDG Corporate Services: Adv Bheki Masuku, the DDG: Curriculum Management and Delivery, Mr Mbongiseni Mazibuko, Chief Director: Provincial Examinations: Dr RC Penniston, HOC: Mr Muzi Mhlambi and Department Officials.

    Venue : Nkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC)

    Date : 17 January 2024

    Back to School 2024 - MEC Frazer Monitoring the First Day of School

    The MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Mbali Frazer monitored the First Day of the 2024 Academic Year at Lalelani Primary School, under the Pinetown District.

    The MEC Frazer was pleased to note that all systems are in place to ensure the smooth start to the 2024 Academic Year.

    "Before the end of 2023 we ensured that LTSM is delivered to all our schools across the Province and we are happy to see that learners have received their textbooks and stationary.

    I am also pleased to note that, it is all systems go, when it comes to the National School Nutrition Programme as well as Learner Admission”, said MEC Frazer.

    Venue: Lalelani Primary School, Ntshongweni, Pinetown.

    Date: 17 January 2024

    Matric Class of 2023 - NSC Examinations Release of Results Plenary Meeting

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education is underway with the preparations of the National Senior Certificate Examinations Release of Results and Awards Ceremony to take please on Friday, 19 January 2024.

    Venue : Nkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC)

    Date : 16 January 2024

    MEC Frazer Chaired Top Management Meeting

    Today, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Ms Mbali Frazer held a Meeting with Top Management at Anton Lembede Building, PMB.

    Venue: Anton Lembede Building, 247 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg.

    Date:16 January 2024

    2-Day Chief Directorate: District Operations Management Strategic Planning Session - Day 2

    Day-2 kicked off with break away session on reflections

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Branch: Institutional Development Support is hosted a 2-Day Strategic Planning Session with the 12 District Directors and CES in the GET Band to tackle and develop new strategies and plans for the New Academic Year 2024.

    Day 2 - Focused more on commissions:

    Commission 1 discussed Planning, Leadership Management & Governance;

    Commission 2 discussed Curriculum Delivery Management;

    Commission 3 discussed Provision and Management of Resources; and

    Commission 4 discussed School Functionality Monitoring and Adjustment and Alignment of tools.

    Venue : Anton Lembede Academy, La Mercy, North of Durban.

    Date : 11-12 January 2024

    2-Day Chief Directorate: District Operations Management Strategic Planning Session - Day 1

    Day-1 The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's Branch: Institutional Development and Support held a Strategic Planning Session with the aim of charting a way foward as the 2024 Academic Year begins.

    The Strategic Planning Session was attended by Members of Top Management, Head Office SMS Members, the 12 District Directors and three CESs per District (GET, FET, CMC and Head Office).

    During the presentations, there were discussions held on the challenges and critical issues affecting the operations and functionality of districts as the new academic year begins.

    The purpose of the Two-day Strategic Planning Session was outlined by the DDG: IDS, Mrs Weziwe Hadebe.

    "This is a new academic year that should be characterized by renewed vigor, hard work, dedication and enthusiasm that will ensure that the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education continues to ride on the wave of success that will set KZN apart from all other provinces," said DDG: IDS, Mrs Weziwe Hadebe.

    The Programme Director, in her remarks said, "please allow me to delve into why we all had to gather here today and tomorrow.

    Firstly, it is a no brainer that as professionals, we ought to strategically plan before we embark on any task. It is our view that to be able to start the year on a positive note, we need to plan in advance, before we even start doing that which we are supposed to do."

    The HOD, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, in his address appreciated the invite that was accorded to him as it provides him with a good opportunity to meet with all the District Directors in one place.

    He then asserted that this Strategic Planning Session should reflect on how the Department is managing the operations of its districts.

    He succinctly articulated points he wanted the districts to know from him as the Accounting Officer of the KZN Department of Education.

    He further stated that this Strategic Planning Session created a platform for reflecting and hitting the ground running and keeping the eyes firmly on the prize, which is the provision of quality and accessible education and placing a learner in the centre of all the Department's activities.

    Venue : Anton Lembede Academy

    Date : 11-12 January 2024

    3-Day uMlazi District Strategic Planning Session - Day 3

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's uMlazi District is hosting a 3- Day Strategic Planning Session to tackle and develop new strategies and plans for the New Academic Year 2024.

    Day 3 – uMlazi District Manco focused on the 2024 Draft Calendar, District Action Plan, Alignment of Programmes, Implementation Reports and Performance Management.

    The 3-Day uMlazi District Strategic Planning Session was a huge success.

    Venue : Northlands Primary School, Durban.

    Date : 08 - 10 January 2024

    3-Day uMlazi District Strategic Planning Session - Day 2

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's uMlazi District is hosting a 3- Day Strategic Planning Session to tackle and develop new strategies and plans for the New Academic Year 2024.

    Day 2 - Focused on Four Commissions, namely:

    Commission 1 discussed Planning, Leadership Management & Governance;

    Commission 2 discussed Curriculum Delivery Management;

    Commission 3 discussed Provision and Management of Resources; and

    Commission 4 discussed School Functionality Monitoring and Adjustment and Alignment of tools.

    Venue : Northlands Primary School, Durban.

    Date : 08 - 10 January 2024

    3-Day uMlazi District Strategic Planning Session - Day 1

    The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education's uMlazi District is hosting a 3- Day Strategic Planning Session to tackle and develop new strategies and plans for the New Academic Year 2024.

    Day 1 - The purpose of the Strategic Session is for the uMlazi District Team to put together proper plans, assign tasks accordingly and make important decisions.

    The planning session also focused on the District's goals - Setting timelines for the new Academic Year, 2024.

    The session is also to assess and evaluate goals that were set in the previous year and to plan, strategize and bring in new perspectives for the current academic year.

    'Setting goals is the first step in turning what is invisible to be visible' by Tony Robins, said Mrs Mahlambi, the District Director for uMlazi in her welcome address.

    She also emphasized the importance of setting goals that needs to be achieved.

    The session focused more on topics such as Planning, Leadership Management & Governance, Curriculum Delivery Management, Provision and Management of Resources and School Functionality Monitoring and Adjustment and Alignment of tools.

    Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo, the HoD in his remarks appreciated the leadership of uMlazi on a good head start, hitting the ground while running and keeping the eyes firmly to the prize which is the provision of quality and accessible education.

    Venue : Northlands Primary School, Durban.

    Date : 08 - 10 January 2024

    Matric Results Announcement

    Save the date for the all important KwaZulu-Natal class of 2023 Matric results announcement on Friday, 19 January 2024.

    The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education Ms Mbali Frazer will deliver a report on how the KwaZulu-Natal Matric class of 2023 performed during the National Senior Certificate Examinations.

    Details on how to catch the announcement will be communicated in due course.

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