Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga, addressed delegates during the Sasol Inzalo Foundation 10 Year Legacy Celebration and book launch that took place at Sasol’s Offices in Sandton on 07 February 2020.
Minister Motshekga applauded the ten-year DBE partnership with the Sasol Inzalo Foundation saying, “You have reached many young people and changed their lives for the better. This isn’t just about bursaries and winter schools, but an inter-generational investment in textbooks. Sasol Inzalo Foundation is a beacon of hope and progress towards a truly improved quality of basic education. Our partnership has also broken the artificial barriers among different role players in the basic education space: corporate, community, learners and teachers”.
The Minister continued to list Sasol’s various contributions, such as the sixty new textbook titles that were produced during 2018, totalling 240 textbooks, as well as their investment in (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education, reaching over six million learners, students and teachers in just ten years. An additional two new Mobile Science Labs have been launched taking these to nine in total, reaching 27,000 rural students annually. A total of 880 curriculum advisors have been trained over ten years. In recent years eight workshops have been upgraded, taking the total to 19 technical school workshops upgraded to date. “To this end, the Sasol Inzalo Foundation has demonstrated commitment, resilience and innovation.”
Minister Motshekga concluded by saying that, “I wish that our solid partnership with Sasol Inzalo Foundation gathers momentum and fortitude in the next ten years. We remain steadfast in our mission to improve basic education so that in our lifetime we can realise our vision of much improved learner outcomes, comparable with our peers across the globe”.