“R460m budget for bursaries,” MEC urges matric learners to work hard and aim high.
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“R460m budget for bursaries,” MEC urges matric learners to work hard and aim high.

Gauteng MEC for Education, Mr Panyaza Lesufi addressed 1000 matric learners at the 2017 Winter School Camp

Motivational Speaker and author, Linda Ntuli inspired the audience with his powerful words. Learners were left feeling motivated.

Azande Ralephenya

The official launch for the 2017 Winter School Camp took place on Thursday, 6 July at VUT’s Desmond Tutu Hall – Vanderbijlpark Campus. Gauteng MEC for Education Mr Panyazi Lesufi addressed 1000 learners from the Sedibeng West and Johannesburg Central Districts.

In his address, MEC Lesufi told learners that when the 2016 national matric performance results were released, Gauteng Province placed third after Western Cape and Free State. MEC Lesufi says his wish is to change this. He wants to see Gauteng Province take first position and continue to lead in the years to come. He urged the learners to work hard and focus, because that’s the only way GP province can achieve its goal of reaching first place. The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has received a budget of R460M to give away on bursaries to top achieving learners in various schools. MEC Lesufi encouraged the learners to aim for distinctions and bachelor passes. Expressing his confidence in the learners he said he is well aware that all those selected to take part in the Winter School programme are the top 10 best learners from each of their schools, therefore he has no doubt that most of the bursaries will go to them.

Renowned motivational speaker and bestselling author, Linda Ntuli gave a firing talk which left the learners feeling powered up and inspired. He shared advice and tips on how they can tackle their exams and handle stressful situations. He further encouraged them to never give up and not focus on where they come from but where they’re going and what they want to be.

Matric can be a stressful time where learners make an uncomfortable transition, the 2017 Winter School Camp is a pilot project envisioned by MEC Panyaza Lesufi to boost the provincial pass rate and assist learners in areas where they seem to be struggling. There are teachers and tutors on hand to give guidance to the learners. The project sees a partnership between Vaal University of Technology (VUT), Sedibeng West District, GDE and North West University. 1000 top matric learners from various schools in Sedibeng West and Johannesburg Central districts were selected to attend the two week long camp (3-14 July) with learners accommodated at the VUT residences.

Full House: A packed Desmond Tutu Hall with learners from Sedibeng West District and Johannesburg Central inspired by Linda Ntuli’s powerful motivation.               

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