The Department of Education has successfully reintegrated Grade 4 and 8 back into the schooling system after weeks of suspended teaching and learning due to Covid-19. To date, all grades are back school and all grades are attending from Grader to Grade 12 making use of rotational attending schedule to ensure that teaching and learning continues in compliance with Covid-19 regulations, while observing social distancing. PPE’s have been supplied to all schools, while over 7000 masks have been donated by mining company – Anglo American Platinum.

This came out of the weekly virtual engagement between the Executive Mayor of Rustenburg, Councillor Mpho Khunou, sector departments as well as stakeholders from the mining sector, forming the City’s IGR forum on Covid-19. The Mayor said it was impressive to witness the progress that Rustenburg has registered to date across all sectors, since the announcement of lockdown level 2, “We are grateful for the efforts, from all of our stakeholders, who made sure that this does not become a talk-shop, but all of the commitments made are met for the benefit of the City” he remarked.

Boitekong II Secondary School has been officially handed over by the MEC of the Education in the Province accompanied by the Executive Mayor. 1 positive case has been recorded within the Rustenburg jurisdiction across all schools with no fatalities due to Covid-19 related complications. Schooling has resumed in Marikana, where there had been disruptions to the teaching and learning which further compounded the delays in ensuring that learners can catch-up ahead of the year-end examinations.

Tharisa Mine will continue to support the department in respect of the grade 12 learners who have been adversely affected by the disruptions at the school. Further to that Glencore’s programme for e-learning is continuing at the adopted school, within their host community to ensure that learners are sufficiently prepared ahead of the year-end examinations.

The Social Development Department, been involved in a multi-stakeholder process to assist the homeless with the application of Identity Documents, to be able to register and qualify for other forms of government aid beyond the on-going national lockdown.

Anglo American Platinum’s programme for training the health workers is continuing across the 22 schools, within the Rustenburg locality. While also providing support to the department of education on e-learning programmes for learners at targeted local schools. AAP has already begun engagements with Social Development in supporting the department with its anti-GBV campaign with the envisaged establishment of a safe house for victims of gender-based violence. Plans are afoot to furnish the house, which will be used to support distressed victims and is to be managed by the DSD.

While the Rustenburg Local Municipality has made significant progress in respect of Covid-19 recoveries, the City through its various directorates, has been conducting awareness campaigns across the various wards, to educate and share information with residents as well as motorists while handing out information leaflets. The awareness campaigns were conducted in areas that also had been identified as hotspots, to ensure that residents are well armed with information.