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2018 has been declared the year to celebrate the centenary of the first president of South Africa’s democracy, Dr Nelson Mandela. The DBE has been a privileged recipient of Dr Mandela’s great wisdom.  His famous saying, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” continues to define our work in the Department.

In unpacking the above quotation, in the context of the Department’s mandate, it becomes clear that if education is to change the world for most South Africans, it has to be of a high quality and relevant to the needs of the country.  The Director-General’s initiative of engaging key education officials and school principals from the nine provinces is to be hailed as an important game changer in motivating, supporting and giving oversight to provinces, districts and schools. These 30 engagements scheduled for the first half of the year, are geared towards improving learning outcomes that will ultimately offer learners the opportunity to change their life chances through securing good passes in Grade 12, entering higher education and other training institutions and thereby improving their employability.

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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Eastern Cape

Images from the Eastern Cape Engagements


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