Rustenburg: The Rustenburg Local Municipality, like in the past, celebrated the Nelson Mandela International Day on Tuesday, 18th July 2017, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010.
In this regard, the Municipality developed a community service oriented program, to mark the Mandela month, from 13 July until end of the month, with the view to inspiring the people of Rustenburg to take action to help change the world for the better.
Various Wards of the municipality were a hive of activity as indicated in this program, much to the delight of communities.
The first activity was a men’s march held on the 13th July 2017, wherein men from Rustenburg, across a broad spectrum of society, voiced their concerns by condemning crime prevalent in Rustenburg, particularly drugs peddling, prostitution, human trafficking, abuse against women and children, marching from the bus and taxi rank to the municipality offices where they were given a message of support by Executive Mayor, Cllr Mpho Khunou.
The day itself was marked by planting of trees, re-painting old buildings such as at Kutlwanong Special School near Phokeng, youth information sharing sessions in Ramochana, distribution of food parcels and blankets to the needy and aged in various communities across municipality wards, to mention but a few.
The highlight and milestone reached by the Municipality during Mandela month in the past recent years, is the lasting legacy of the School of Excellence.
 This Mayoral project is a sustainable collaborative effort between the Rustenburg Local Municipality, Standard Bank and Department of Education in the Bojanala District. It is currently fully operational, situated ideally at the Rustenburg Show Grounds for close proximity.
The initial objective of this progressive project in 2012 was to identify 6 schools around Rustenburg that were not performing well, get them at a central centre, with learners performing at levels 5 and 6 in all the gateway subjects,, that is, 10 learners per subject. Expert Educators were then employed to move the identified learners from levels 5 and 6, thus increasing Bachelors in these areas. To date, the Rustenburg Local Municipality and its partners have raised substantial amounts of money towards tuition for identified learners, and has in the process produced hundreds of graduates from various universities in the country.
“We are pleased by the lasting legacy this project will leave for the people of Rustenburg, towards education of their children. What a better way to honor Madiba as he himself believed in education. We are very proud of this legacy. We would not have achieved it alone, were it not for the meaningful contribution by our partners”, said Executive Mayor, Cllr Mpho Khunou.
 For any further enquiries kindly contact the Municipal spokesperson, Mr Thapelo Matebesi, on 014 590 3509, cell: 072 7611 018.
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