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Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati awards its top matriculants

by: Obakeng Maje   date: 26 January 2018

Dr Ruth Mompati District Municipality has awarded its top
achievers from the Grade 12 Class of 2017 at a ceremony held at
Uurpan Safari Lodge in Schweizer-Reneke on Tuesday.
Executive Mayor of the municipality, Boitumelo Mahlangu, said the
municipality chose 13 best performing learners from across the
district. All top achievers learners were awarded R10 000 and a
laptop each. 
“Most of those who benefited come from poor backgrounds. We
have taken four learners from each three local municipalities and
the overall top achiever in the district. Those learners come from
Lekwa-Teemane, Naledi and Mamusa local municipalities.
“The initiative will encourage others to work hard. The municipality
has done this in the past and we will continue to monitor those who
are funded at their various tertiary institutions respectively,” the
Mayor told Semphete on the sidelines of the award ceremony.
According to Mahlangu, Statistics South Africa has established
that the level of education in the Dr RSM district is too low. She
said the only way to address that is through providing quality
education for all.
“We also want to see our children prosper. Our aim is to see all
those who come from the district being educated and come to
serve their respective communities afterwards. We call on other
stakeholders to participate as it is evident that government cannot
do it alone.
“It is important to establish a Public-Private- Partnership (PPP) to
address socio-economic issues affecting our communities. It is so
fundamental to contribute to education and ensure that we develop
a learned society. Private companies that have contracts with the
municipality can also assist in skill development,” Mahlangu said.
She added that there were already some young people who have
embarked on skills development programmes across various
fields. Mahlangu said basic service delivery is important, even
though the district is predominantly rural.

“We are aiming to use education as a tool to combat drug abuse,
gangsterism and other social ills affecting the youth. I have
received a request from boarding schools across the district saying
that they have a challenge of drug abuse and gangsterism in some
townships,” she said.
The Mayor added: “The district municipality will also engage with
the Premier’s Office to deliberate on Reconciliation, Healing and
Renewal (RHR) programme.”
Acting Deputy Director-General in Management, Support and
Governance at the provincial Department of Education and Sport
Development, Dr Shadrack Mvula, said government would focus
more on schools that achieved less than 70% pass rate.
“We have already started the process. The aim is to hold the
schools accountable and in terms of what they have said they
would be doing. Officials will also ensure that they monitor and visit
those schools often and address any challenges they come
across. We will also ensure that those schools receive the needed
materials and subject advisors. MEC of Education and Sport
Development, Sello Lehari, has planned a meeting with all those
schools that did not perform well along with their School Governing
Body (SGB) chairpersons,” Mvula said.
“We are also using QLTC system to engage with those schools
and their communities. The issue of poverty rankings in these
schools and the rurality of the district are well noted too and we will
put more effort in addressing that,” he said.
Mvula added that the department has already brought in two
groups that started last year to assist principals in primary
schools.  Mvula said all principals at primary school level have
been trained and that intervention will continue until June this year.
“We will be introducing the National Coordinating Trust (NCT),
which is another intervention programme. They will be training
subject advisors in the district so that they can be able to intervene
at school level. The department will also ensure that it addresses
infrastructure issues at schools,” he said.
Dinisilwe Makhetho was honoured the Best Performing Learner
Against All Odds. The 20 year-old learner is living with disability,
he was born with deformed hands.

“I am grateful to God for bringing me this far. Many people and
learners have hurled insults at me because of my disability.
However, that never deterred me and my aim was to make my
mother proud. She has sacrificed a lot for us through hardships
and tribulations. I was raised by a single unemployed mother after
my father disowned me, saying that I am not his child,” Makhetho
told Semphete.
“I am going to further my studies at Sol Plaatjie University in
Kimberley and study towards a BA Degree in General Art,” he
said.
The best overall top performing learner was Suna Swanepoel from
Stella High School in Stella village, who was also honoured at the
provincial awards earlier this month.