Today the Basic Education Minister – Angie Motshekga conducted an oversight visit to numerous schools in the Rustenburg area, to assess the state of readiness ahead of the resumption of the schooling year on the 8th of June 2020. The Rustenburg Local Municipality has been at the forefront of concerted efforts to ensure that the mining sector in the City, assist the department of education with the necessary resources to match the demand as required by the safety and hygiene protocols for Covid-19.
The Executive Mayor, Councillor Mpho Khunou, who was accompanied by Council Speaker – Councillor Sheila Mabale-Huma in welcoming the Minister, established a local Intergovernmental Relations Forum dealing specifically with Covid-19 related matters. The forum was able to ensure that the mining companies operating in Rustenburg such as Anglo American Platinum, Sibanye StillWater, Glencore Alloys, Impala Platinum and Royal Bafokeng Platinum over the past month contribute to the plan, which will enable to resumption of the schooling year, without hindrances.
Over the last 4 weeks, the mining houses have been meeting regularly with the Executive Mayor, to provide feedback and progress reports on work which has been done in gearing towards the resumption of the schooling year. The mining houses have donated PPE (personal protective equipment) for school management teams, teachers and learners alike to many schools within the jurisdiction of Rustenburg including, facemasks, sanitisers, temperature gauging equipment as well as roll out a large scale deep cleaning program as directed by the education department.
On the visit by the Minister, the Executive Mayor says the challenges that came with the advent of the Covid-19 enabled the City to introduce a model never seen before in the province, where private and public partnerships, benefitted the community “we are beyond proud that the Basic Education Minister, out of all the Municipal areas in this province, decided to come to Rustenburg. Through the Municipal led Covid-19 IGR forum, we have been able to rally massive support specifically from the mining sector, to ensure that the department receives all the support it needs, in order to restart the 2020 schooling year” Mayor Khunou remarked.
The Executive Mayor, during his briefing to the Minister said Rustenburg continues to benefit from the strategic partnerships which have impacted numerous communities positively “I was here a number of years ago, during the official handover of this school by Impala Platinum to the department of Education. I am happy to see that all the infrastructure is still intact. Minister, this school is as a result our long standing relationship with the mining houses in the City. We continue to remain humbled by their support especially to projects which are intended to uplift our communities. It is for that reason, that even in our Covid-19 IGR forum, they too were there and contributed massively” said Mayor Khunou.
The Minister visited Moremogolo Primary in Phokeng, where the MEC for Education in Province – Wendy Matsemela, in the presence of the Premier – Professor Job Mokgoro gave a detailed account of work which has been done in the City, since the first pronouncement on the possibility of reopening of schools. Later in the day the Minister visited Sunrise View Secondary and Mmanape Primary School in Tsitsing Village.