Daily Archives: January 9, 2017

South Africa: Correctional Services Congratulates Offenders Who Wrote 2016 Matric Exams

Acting Regional Commissioner Mbambo congratulates the 39 class of 2016 offenders who sat for matric examinations

The Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West (LMN) Correctional Services Acting Regional Commissioner Phiko Mbambo, has congratulated the 39 offenders who wrote their 2016 matriculation examinations.

Acting Regional Commissioner said: “Offenders who take education seriously hold a key to a better future upon their release. The results for the region are impressive and the credit goes to all our educators, learners, managers and staff members that played a role. We must keep up the good work and strive for 100% Bachelors in this current academic year”‘.

The Acting Regional Commissioner also commended the steady improvement in the numbers of deserving youth in correctional centers who are utilising education opportunities provided to them.

The Department of Correctional Services LMN region examination centres include Barberton Youth and Barberton Maximum in Mpumalanga, as well as Kutama Senthumule in Thohoyandou Management Area. The acting Regional Commissioner congratulates Barberton Area Commissioner and staff for putting the region on the map.

The matric results for LMN Region is as follows:

1. We have two full time school that presented Matric in 2016, namely Umlalati (Barberton Town Centre) and Vuselela (Barberton Maximum).

2. Umlalati had 6 candidates, all 6 wrote and passed, achieving 100%. They produced 2 Bachelors, 3 Diplomas and 1 higher Certificate

3. Vuselela had 17 candidates. 13 passed and 4 failed which resulted in 76.47%. They produced 7 Bachelors, 4 Diplomas and 2 Higher Certificates.

The summary for the Matric results for the Region is as follows:

Out of 23 candidates, 19 passed which amounts to 82.06%.

Kutama Senthumule Correctional Centre:

Results are as follows:

16 candidates wrote, 10 passed, which is 62.05%.

They produced 10 Bachelors, 3 Diplomas and 1 Higher Certificate.

Correctional Services has placed education and training at the centre of its rehabilitation, aimed at eliminating illiteracy, under qualifications and the absence of critical technical skills and competencies required for employment or self -employment.

The education intervention programmes were strengthened by the introduction of a compulsory education policy in 2012, targeting youth up to the age of 25. Correctional Services introduced a compulsory education policy to push offenders to join education programmes. One of the challenges identified include the fact that 35,000 offenders do not even have a grade nine qualification while over 5,000 were absolutely illiterate – unable to read, write or count.

Source: Department of Correctional Services

Minister Bathabile Dlamini leads media briefing on grant beneficiaries announcement

Social development / NSFAS to announce on grant beneficiaries

The Department of Social Development (DSD) and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will hold a joint media briefing on January 10, 2017 led by the Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, to announce how NSFAS will assist social grant beneficiaries who pass their matric and are accepted at institutions of higher learning.

In 2016, DSD partnered with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and NSFAS in an effort to ensure that poor and vulnerable learners have access to funding to further their studies by doing away with the means test for social grant beneficiaries.

A data matching process of DSD and DBE (Lurits and Socpen) indicated that 188 687 grant recipients sat down for the 2016 Matric exams, 173 085 were child support grant recipients, 14 926 were Foster Child Grant recipients and 676 were Care Dependency Grant recipients.

The collaboration (DBE; DSD and NSFAS) is aligned to the Protocol Agreement on Linking Social Protection Administrative Data Systems for Poor and Vulnerable Learners with the aim to track, locate and improve the wellbeing of poor and vulnerable learners with a basket of social protection services.

Source: Government of South Africa


South African President Jacob Zuma has led the 105th anniversary celebrations of the country’s ruling African national Congress (ANC) here Sunday with a call for unity by all party members.

Zuma, who is also the ANC president, urged South Africans to emulate former ANC president Oliver Tambo, who would have turned 100 this year, saying Tambo stoo for unity of the ANC and the broader national unity as well as non-racialism.

Addressing the party’s 105th anniversary celebrations at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, President Zuma said O.R. Tambo consistently emphasized the importance of having maximum political and organizational unity.

He added that ANC members should draw lessons from the illustrious leader and promote unity in action within the movement and the country.

ANC supporters from different provinces joined in the party’s birthday celebrations and the ANC managed to fill Orlando Stadium for its celebration.

In the past week, the hashtag “Don’tFillUpTheStadium” trended with users criticising the ruling party for the lavish spending on its anniversary celebrations.