Pretoria – Temba near Hammanskraal was in the spotlight at the weekend when Gauteng MEC for Education Barbara Creecy visited Lefofa and Mosaledi primary schools as part of the department’s Mandela Day celebrations.
“People here feel the events always happen elsewhere. We want them to feel part of the department’s events for Mandela Day,” Creecy said of the decision to visit the schools in Temba.
Pupils, parents and teachers gathered on Saturday to clean up the schools and do maintenance.
With a budget of R1.4 million, which went towards maintenance of the lawns, the electrical systems and plumbing at both schools, a fair amount could be done to revitalise the schools’ facilities.
While the adults devoted their 67 minutes in honour of Mandela to cleaning the school and maintaining the schools, pupils enjoyed a day devoted to sports such as netball, soccer and cricket, and cultural activities such as music and dancing.
Creecy said they had prioritised the Temba area because of complaints that events are never held there.
“We want the community to feel part of the events,” she said.
Creecy was met by almost 100 eager parents, teachers and pupils and the schools’ drum majorettes, and a guard of honour welcomed her to Lefofa Primary School.
“We have been waiting for a long time to have the MEC visit us,” said the school’s vice-principal Dorothy Rantlhwatlhwa.
She said the entire school were excited to meet the MEC.
“As the hosts, we are over the moon. Her presence means a lot to the school, and the community is very happy,” she said.
Rantlhwatlhwa said the MEC’s visit had come at the right time.