EKURHULENI – The Speaker of Council in Ekurhuleni, Alderman Patricia Kumalo has sent her message of congratulations to all successful Junior City Councillors of Ekurhuleni.
In her message, Ald Kumalo emphasised the importance of education in building a better country for future generations.
She said, “A special mention goes out to 12 members of the Junior City Council who collectively achieved 50 distinctions, namely, Violanta Odendaal and Tyeisha Burn who achieved 8 distinctions respectively.
“Furthermore, it is also worth noting the success of the outgoing Deputy Mayor, Melandre van Lill who achieved 6 distinctions; Sakhile Nkosi, Casey Jean Hutton and Tumelo Mashego (outgoing Junior Chief Whip), all three achieved 4 distinctions respectively.
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“We also congratulate the outgoing Chairperson of Chairpersons Celcio Moloi, Sikhanyisiwe Pondwa, (outgoing Junior Speaker), Isha Zwane and Mxolisi Mnisi who all achieved 3 distinctions respectively; as well as Cecile Matabaro, (outgoing Junior Mayor) and Somila Joka, who both achieved 2 distinctions.”
The speaker said, the City of Ekurhuleni is proud to be the breeding and grooming ground of young intellect, refining young minds so they can propel to greater heights.
She said, “It is against such achievements that the words of the late former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela ring true, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’.”
For the learners who completed their matric in 2017, the time has marked what has been regarded as the pinnacle of high school education; a time at which a person’s will, perseverance and aptitude at the end of their high school career.
‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’
The Class of 2017 has endured a time filled with pressure, anxiety and panic for most matric pupils as they worked through each question paper presented in front of them. Now, the matriculants of 2017 are ready to take on the future they are hoping for.
While not everyone has been as successful those learners who achieved distinctions, there are a number of options available.
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During her speech when announcing the matric results, Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga said, “I wish to remind South Africans that the second chance programme and the learner progression policy were introduced to redress the inequalities of the past, by creating a conduit through which young people could be afforded a second chance in life, rather than adding to the large number of young people, who are neither in education, nor employed, nor in any form of training – the so-called NEETs.
“These programmes were intended to improve the access and retention of learners in the system, and improve the internal efficiency of the system.”
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