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Espousing the tenets of great leadership, the visionary, innovative, inclusive and trustworthy Director-General, Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, took to the provinces on the second round of provincial engagements in July 2018. The focus of the Director-General’s second engagement with provinces was widely known, as it was based on the key deliverable for the third quarter: Evaluating the state of readiness for the end of the year. These one-day engagements are currently being conducted in all provinces.

In pursuit of advancing the agenda of continual improvement in learning outcomes, the Director-General, in his engagement with provinces, has ably demonstrated the four critical values that govern his leadership style: As a principled leader who is a life-long learner, he is using the opportunities presented to learn from provinces so that best practice can be applauded and replicated across the country. In listening to presentations made by provinces on the state of readiness for the forthcoming examinations, Mr Mweli does not renege on motivating officials to hold themselves and others to a high standard of excellence in contributing to the overall success of the education sector - a hallmark of an ethical leader. In offering guidance on various issues that emanate from the discussions with senior officials in the provinces, an honest appraisal, together with sound advice, recognising the strengths and areas for improvement in the next two months before the start of the examinations, are evidence of the Director-General’s ability to engage authentically in open, honest communication; while at the same time offering compassionate and kind listening to needs and challenges. The quality of PEAK leadership, motivation and support that provinces are receiving from the Director-General’s engagements, can only instill hope, optimism, possibility and promise that see the Basic Education Sector maintain its upward trajectory in the 2018 examinations!

DG's Provincial Visits: 2nd Semester





  • Eastern Cape
  • Gauteng
  • KwaZulu-Natal
  • Mpumalanga
  • Free State
  • Northern Cape
  • North West
On 31 July 2018 the Director-General of Basic Education, Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli met with senior officials, who are experts in the Curriculum and Examinations in East London.
In his address, Mr Mweli, described the Eastern Cape as one of the most hardworking provinces with great potential. Mr Mweli encouraged the province to focus more on improving Physical Science and Mathematics participation and the throughput rate.

Eastern Cape MEC for Education, Mr Mandla Makupula and Eastern Cape HoD, Mr Temba Kojana said the DG’s visit will encourage the provincial officials to reflect on their work and drive their objectives further. The MEC and HoD expressed their gratitude to the DBE for strengthening relationships with provinces to ensure uniformity across all public schools. Read more...
On 30 July 2018, Basic Education Director-General (DG), Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, accompanied by Department of Basic Education (DBE) senior officials, visited the Gauteng Province to determine the state of provincial readiness for the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination, whilst monitoring effectiveness of the implementation of the School Improvement Plans.
Mr Mweli observed that the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has the capability to rise to the top position in the national NSC Examination. Read more...
Basic Education Director-General, Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, visited KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Province on 17 August 2018, to engage the key education officials on the provincial state of readiness in terms of curriculum coverage and administration of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.

Speaking during the provincial engagement, Mr Mweli indicated that, “the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has initiated provincial oversight visits and monitoring programmes to monitor uniformity in line with policy implementation and to ensure that provinces support schools adequately. We also utilise these visits as a platform to encourage provincial education departments to strive for quality and efficiency in the education sector.” Read more...
Improving the African Language and Mathematics competency in the Foundation and Intermediate Phases remain one of the most critical aspects of the basic education sector, demanding a focused intervention.

Basic Education Director-General (DG), Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, continued his visit to Mpumalanga province to monitor the quality of support provided by provincial officials in effective implementation of the improvement plans aimed at enabling schools to excel in the National Senior Certificate Examinations. Read more...
On 21 August 2018, Basic Education Director-General Mr Mathanzima Mweli, engaged the Free State senior officials as part of his provincial engagement meetings aimed at monitoring progress made by provincial education departments in supporting schools. Mr Mweli also focused his visit on assessing the state of provincial readiness in preparation for the 2018 National Senior Certificate examinations.

The Director-General indicated that it was imperative for provinces to improve curriculum coverage in the problematic subjects in the Foundation Phase to deal with curriculum deficits in the early years of children’s schooling.Read more...
Basic Education Director-General (DG), Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, met with the Northern Cape senior officials in Kimberly on 20 August 2018, to assess progress in the effective implementation of school improvement plans aimed at improving curriculum coverage in Grade 3, 6 and 9. Mr Mweli further monitored the state of the provincial readiness in terms of administering the forth coming National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.

The Northern Cape has since tasked the key education officials to embark on a mission to leverage performance in both Language and Mathematics, focusing on both the General Education and Training (GET) and the Further Education and Training (FET) Bands.Read more...
The impact of tracking learner performance in Grades 3, 6 and 9 in all subjects was identified as a critical aspect tabled for discussion during the Basic Education Director-General’s visit to North West Province on 22 August 2018.

In its presentation on the state of readiness in terms of the examination administration and curriculum coverage, the province said, “Quarter 2 performance has not shown a significant improvement compared to Quarter 1. Foundation phase has maintained a consistent performance over the two quarters of 2018 and 2017 respectively. Intermediate phase performance has minimally improved when compared to the 2017 Q2 performance. Grade 4 being the entrance grade is still not performing well in 2018 Quarter 2 across the 3 districts with the exception of Bojanala. Senior phase has registered low performance in Grades 8 and 9”.Read more...


DG's Provincial Visits: 1st Semester

  • Eastern Cape
  • Free State   
  • Gauteng
  • KwaZulu-Natal
  • Northern Cape
  • North West
  • Limpopo
  • Western Cape
  • Mpumalanga
The Director-General, Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, met the first group of officials of the Eastern Cape Department of Education (EC DoE) in Grahamstown on 13 February 2018 as part of the 2018 provincial engagements. Mr R Tywakadi, the Deputy Director-General for Institutional Operations Management (IOM), represented Mr T Kojana, the Superintendent-General for Education in the province. The meeting was convened for three districts in Cluster A which comprises the Nelson Mandela Metro, Sarah Baartman and Amathole West districts. The Cluster has some of the well performing districts in the province, I.e the Nelson Mandela Metro (the best performing district) which obtained 72.6% in the 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations and Sarah Baartman which obtained 71.8%. The province recorded the second largest improvement of 5.7 %, in the NSC examinations.

Approximately 1200 officials, comprising the Acting Cluster Chief Director, Mr Jack, District Directors, Circuit Managers, Curriculum Managers and school principals attended the meetings. Click here to read about Part 1 of the Eastern Cape visit and read about Part 2 of the visit here.
Week three of the Director-General (DG) of Basic Education, Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli’s provincial engagements commenced in the Thabo Mofutsanyane District on 21 February 2018. The visits continued in Bloemfontein on 22 February and concluded in Sasolburg on 23 February.

More than 1 263 district officials including principals honoured the DG’s invitation to attend the provincial engagements. Read more...
The first meeting in Gauteng took place in Daveyton on 15 March 2018 which was followed by Tshwane on 16 March 2018 and ended in Braamfischer on 19 March 2018. In total, the DG met with 4604 education officials and principals in Gauteng.

The overall performance of each province is subject to scrutiny as Basic Education Director-General meet with provincial, district, and circuit officials. In every province, one can feel a sense of renewed energy as officials are given a platform to raise issues that impact on quality learning and teaching in schools.Read more...
The Director-General of the Department of Basic Education (DBE), Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, joined by a team of education experts from both the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Education Department (PDE), spent four days in the KwaZulu-Natal Province, meeting with key education stakeholders in various part of the province.

The meetings were held in in the Amajuba, Mzinyathi, Uthukela, Umgungundlovu , Harry Gwala Ugu, Ilembe, Pinetown, and Umlazi Districts. The KwaZulu-Natal Head for Education, Dr Enoch Nzama, KwaZulu-Natal Deputy Director-General for Curriculum, Dr BJ Mthembu, the Chief Director for National Assessment and Public Examinations, Dr Rufus Poliah, Ms Florence Modipa, Chief Education Specialist, responsible for the development of National Education Policies and Regulations for both GET and FET Phases, were amongst the key education officials who made presentations at these meetings.Read more...
The Director-General (DG), Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, continued with his Provincial Engagements in the Northern Cape Province. The first meeting was in Upington on 26 February 2018 followed by Kimberley on 28 February 2017. The DG met with 939 senior district officials and school principals from the districts including Frances Baard, John Taolo Gaetsewe, Namaqua, Pixley Ka Seme and ZF Mgcawu. Northern Cape ranked among the most improved provinces in the 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations.

Three critical presentations were made at the meeting, the NSC Results, the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy (PIRLS) report and the last was on Improving Assessment Practices.Read more...
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) Director-General, Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, accompanied by North West Acting Deputy Director-General for Curriculum, Ms Mohube, conducted the provincial engagements in the province to engage key education stakeholders on various factors that impact on quality learning in public schools.

In attendance were provincial senior officials, district directors, circuit managers, subject advisors and school principals from Ngaka Modiri Molema, Dr Kenneth Kaunda and Dr R.S Mompati. The engagements took place on 22 March in Vryburg and on 23 March in Klerksdorp in the North West province.Read more...
The provincial engagements were initiated by the Director-General (DG) three years ago with an intention to improve quality learning and teaching across all nine provinces. These engagements create a platform for education officials to discuss educational issues as a collective with the intention to turn public schools into centres of excellence.

Basic Education Director-General, Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, spent five days visiting various districts in the Limpopo province where he met with education officials at provincial and district levels. The first engagement was held in Waterberg District on 05 March 2018, followed by another meeting in Vhembe District on 07 March 2018. Other visits were conducted in Tzaneen on 08 March 2018, in Sekhukhune on 12 March 2018 and in Capricorn District on 14 March 2018.To date, Mr Mweli visited five provinces and is satisfied with the level of cooperation shown by provinces and districts, particularly on issues of policy implementation.Read more...
Basic Education Director-General (DG), Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, undertook a two day visit to Western Cape Province, where he met with various education officials such as subject advisors, circuit managers, district directors, and school principals. The Director-General’s first provincial engagement was in Cape Town on 26 March 2018. Mr Mweli then concluded the provincial engagement in George on 27 March 2018.

Through these engagements, Mr Mweli intends to meet with as many education officials as possible, to cascade the outcome of the Basic Education Sector Lekgotla, which was held at Saint George Hotel, in Pretoria from 22-24 March 2018.Read more...
The Basic Education Director-General, Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli concluded the first phase of his engagement with provinces in the Mpumalanga province on 18 April and 20 April 2018.

In addressing the meeting of education officials (provincial officials, district directors, circuit managers, subject advisors and school principals), in Middleburg on 18 April and Nelspruit on 20 April Mr Mweli drew their attention to the five social justice principles of access, redress, equity, efficiency and quality by which the performance of the system may be assessed.Read more...

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