Daily Archives: January 11, 2017

DP Ramaphosa ignites greatness in learners

Pretoria � When the Deputy President of the country tells you You are the future of South Africa, you know you have your work cut out for you, even if it’s only the first day of school.

When you are learner at Phehellang Secondary School, this great charge from Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, daunting as it might seem, is nothing less than what your community has come to expect.

The matric class of 2016 from this school situated in Parys, Free State, scored a 100% pass rate � an affirmation of the standard set by the class before them. A 100% pass rate two years in a row is a commendable feat for the school, which rose from just 47.2% in 2009.

The Free State province as a whole attained a 93.2% matric pass rate in the 2016 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations against a 76.2% national pass rate. The bar has been raised and hopes are high that this year’s matric class at Phehellang will pull off a hat-trick.

Deputy President Ramaphosa visited Phehellang as thousands of schools in some parts of the country opened their doors to learners for the 2017 academic year.

He impressed upon the school the importance of maintaining the momentum and pushing even harder to achieve outstanding results.

The entire government of the Republic of South Africa is working to ensure you have a great future. Your teachers are doing phenomenal work, he said on Wednesday.

The Deputy President congratulated the principal, teachers, parents and learners for achieving consistently good results. He also commended Free State Premier Ace Magashule and Education MEC Tate Makgoe on the excellent performance of the province in the face of significant challenges.

He said Phehellang Secondary has done what many had considered impossible.

Deputy President Ramaphosa urged the learners to work hard and believe in themselves.

Education is the one thing that improves your lives and your family. It is the one thing that can give you a better life, a better career and a better future.

He urged learners to develop the habit of reading. Make books your friends. By reading, you will always find new knowledge.

Deputy President Ramaphosa said progress in education is only possible through effective collaboration between all stakeholders.

Phehellang is one of over 200 schools in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo Districts in the Free State that are part of the Kagiso Shanduka Trust programme, a partnership between the private sector and the Free State Department of Education to improve schools mainly in townships and rural areas.

Phehellang has benefited from this programme through curriculum support, leadership development and ongoing infrastructure provision in the form of a library, a life sciences building and ablution facilities.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses Phehellang Secondary School learners on first day of 2017 school year

You are the future of South Africa, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa told learners at the Phehellang Secondary School in Parys, Free State on the first day of the 2017 school year.

The school is one of the best performing in the country, having achieved a 100% matric pass rate in the last two years.

Deputy President Ramaphosa congratulated the principal, teachers, parents and learners of Phehellang Secondary for achieving consistently outstanding results.

The school is located in the Free State, which attained a 93.2% matric pass rate in the 2016 academic year, the highest in the country.

The Deputy President commended Free State Premier Ace Magashule and MEC for Education Tate Makgoe on the excellent performance of the province in the face of significant challenges.

He said Phehellang Secondary had proven to the nation that they could do what many considered impossible.

Deputy President Ramaphosa urged the learners to work hard and believe in themselves.

Education is the one thing that improves your lives and your family. It is the one thing that can give you a better life, a better career and a better future, he said.

He urged learners to develop the habit of reading.

Make books your friends. By reading you will always find new knowledge, he said.

Deputy President Ramaphosa said progress in education was only possible through effective collaboration between all stakeholders.

Phehellang is one of over 200 schools in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts in the Free State that are part of the Kagiso Shanduka Trust programme, a partnership between the private sector and the Free State Department of Education to improve schools mainly in townships and rural areas.

Phehellang has benefited from this programme through curriculum support, leadership development and ongoing infrastructure provision in the form of a library, a life sciences building and ablution facilities.

Deputy President Ramaphosa said the school’s teachers were going the extra mile to achieve good results.

Your teachers are doing phenomenal work, he said.

He said Government is dedicating a lot of resources and effort to improve access to quality education.

The entire government of the Republic of South Africa is working to ensure you have a great future, he told learners.

Source: Government of South Africa

DESPITE ALL EFFORTS, FESTIVE SEASON ROAD DEATHS IN SOUTH AFRICA CONTINUE TO RISE

Despite all efforts in enforcement and education, the death toll on South African roads this past festive season has increased by 5.0 per cent to 1,714 fatalities.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters, in releasing the official 2016/17 festive season accident figures at a media briefing in Midrand, Johannesburg, Tuesday, said the contributing factors to the road accidents were human factors, vehicle factors, as well as road and environmental factors.

We have come from one of the most challenging festive seasons which stretched our resources to the limit, which also put a strain on our law enforcement operations and unleashed untold misery on many families, she added.

Limpopo Province recorded the highest increase in road fatalities, with 244 people killed compared with the previous 186 fatalities while Eastern Cape Province recorded the biggest decline in fatalities with 211 deaths against 265 fatalities last year.

What is alarming is that four provinces — KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Limpopo — jointly accounted for 61 per cent of the total number of people who died on the roads in this period,” said Peters.

This year we have seen a high number of passengers dying on the roads compared to the previous period when pedestrians constituted a high number of fatalities among road user groups, she said.

Passengers constituted 40 per cent of fatalities, pedestrians 34 per cent, drivers 24 per cent and cyclists 2.0 per cent. Children aged from zero to age four accounted for 6.0 per cent of pedestrian deaths.

She said the fact that an overwhelming majority of fatal crashes resulted from a single motor vehicle overturning and head-on collisions pointed to the incompetence of drivers to handle their motor vehicles.

There is an influx on our roads of drivers who are not competent and qualified to be driving on our roads. I have instructed the Road Traffic Management Corporation to undertake an audit of how driving licenses as well as road safety certificates are processed and issued in our testing stations, so that we can have an appreciation of how it is possible that so many incompetent drivers and un-roadworthy vehicles could be on our roads, Peters said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK