DATE: Year 2004 TITLE:
09 FERUARY CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF FREEDOM
22 AUGUST GAUTENGONLINE – ANNOUNCEMENT OF FRONT
07 AUGUST PREMIER’S SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARDS
12 JUNE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR ALL GAUTENG
25 MAY JUNE IS YOUTH MAY
01 MAY AFRICA DAY
16 APRIL WORKER’S DAY
10 APRIL LEARNE OBSERVE WORLD HEALTH DAY
01 APRIL COMMUNITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS
14 MARCH THE HEALTH MONTH
23 FEBRUARY CELEBRATINH HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH SPORTS
20 FEBRUARY CEO’s ROADSHOWS
01 FEBRUARY CONGRADULATIONS TO OUR FUTURE LEADERS
01 FEBRUARY GENERAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
TIRISANO EXCHANGE PROGRAMME 2002 – INTERNATIONAL
The following officials from our further education and training institutions have been
selected to represent Gauteng in the above exchange programme.
Mr. William Mogale – Soshanguve Campus for FET.2.
Mr. Dean Steyn – Vanderbijlpark Campus for FET.
Mr. David Thaga – Krugersdorp Campus for FET.
Ms Charlotte Mamya – College for FET of S.A.
Ms Jainab J. Morris – Highveld Campus for FET.
The Fellows of 2002 are scheduled to depart to the United Kingdom to research
specific areas of study in the further education sector. The three months study tour
will focus on:
Learning Programmes Development
Learner Support System, amongst other areas
The project is a partnership between the National Department of Education, National
Business Institute, Business Trust, the British Council and the British International. It
is as International Exchange Programme, (1999-2004)
GAUTENGONLINE – ANNOUNCEMENT OF FRONT OFFICE TENDER
On 09 September 2003 the official announcement of the Gautengonline tender
comprising bids for school computer laboratories and programme management of the
tender was proudly announced by the CEO, Mr. Mallele Petje. Mr. Petje described the
vision of Gautengonline as on to provide a province-wide schools’ network in line
with emerging e-learning strategy. He added that all schools in South Africa would be
converted to E-school by 2014.
The school; laboratory would consist of 25 networked computers linked to internet
and e-mail. Education programmes generated through multimedia technology will be
accessible through the Gautengonline portal. The learner computers will deploy the
P4 or AMD equivalent with 256 Meg ram and 40 gig hard disk drives. The learner
workstations will be accompanied by a more powerful teacher workstation. Mr. Petje
explained that while some of the content will be on the teacher workstation, additional
information will be internet browser based. The method of connectivity will be either
satellite or divined. As soon as arrangements the computer facility of the school
would also be made available for use by the surrounding community.
In 2002 six companies viz IBM, Mustek Mecer, MGX Sun, Sahara and Unisys
participated in a pilot school programme with Microsoft providing connectivity and
Dimension Data, Internet connectivity to 40 pilot schools. At a cost of 40 to 54
million the social investment of the companies listed above ensured that an efficient
and effective IT facility was provided to educators and learners. Mr. Petje thanked all
participants in the Pilot Project for their social commitment.
Informed by choice of crucial needs the fat client solution is preferable to thin client
and laptop technology. Fat clients operate both in a network and stand-alone
environment is interoperable and delivers high performance multimedia and supports
a wide variety of software and is therefore the most suitable solution. The complete
range of the curricula will be delivered digitally using OBE principles and methods as
well as developing learners into critically aware and capable ICT users and
Having carefully evaluated the 12 bids represented by 107 companies, local and
international, the following bidders were successful for the provision and maintenance
of IT equipment: Dell, Mustek, HP, Sahara and Pinnacle Micro. The tender for
programme management was won by Ernst and Young who will monitor the
standards of the rollout, service, maintenance and training, Ernst and Young will also
ensure that everything is delivered on time and that everything will be operational
when the laboratory goes life.
PREMIER’S SERVICE EXELLENCE AWARDS
Preparations for 2003 Premier’s Service Excellence Awards gaining momentum
Preparations for the 2003 Gauteng Premier’s Service Excellence Awards have begun
in earnest and have generated high interest among all provincial government
employees to the extend that the deadline had to be extended to Friday, 29 August.
The awards aim to recognize Gauteng government employees who have distinguished
themselves by literally living the Batho Pele (People first) principles in the execution
of their duties.
Through these awards, the Office of the Premier also wants to demonstrate to
government employees that the Gauteng provincial government values all those who
put extra efforts into their work just as it condemns those who betray the trust of the
people of this province.
Briefing sessions detailing the whole process have been taking place and the last one
will be today (Friday, 22 August 2003).
Criteria for nominations
The judges of the Premier’s Excellence Awards at the following to select the
Provide more better information to the public
Increasing openness and transparency
Provide redress for dissatisfied clients
Provide best value
Encourage innovation and reward excellence
Once nominations have been closed the following process will be followed:
Assessors will be appointed and trained by 5 September
Assessment by site visits between 8 and 12 September
Assessors will conduct site visits to validate the evidence they have received
with nominations entered.
Moderation on 16 September
Shortlist of qualifying nominees and recommended to the judging panel
between 18 and 21 September.
Appointed and briefing of judges 22 September
Judges conducts site visits between 25 and 30 September to assess the impact
made by various short-listed projects/teams on residents’ lives.
Judges make final adjudication of entries and decide winners between 6 and
Winners will be announced by Premier Mbhazima Shilowa at a gala evening to be
held at Gallagher Estate on November 7.
For more information contact the project office on 011 355-6438/6168.
The following people and numbers are also useful:
Nicholas Ntsoane on 011 355-6865 / 082 377-4811 (Office of the Premier)
Pam Maharaj on 011 797-5128 / 082 458-2518 (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
GAUTENG SCHOOLS TO GET NEW SERIES OF ENVIRONMENTAL
EDUCATION RESOURCES MATERIALS
Issued by: Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Land
Affairs and Education, Gauteng Provincial Government
A new series of environmental books to be used by schools around Gauteng has been
launched, thanks to a partnership of the provincial departments of Agriculture,
Conservation, environment and Land affairs and Education.
Today, both departments- through the Gauteng Institute for Education Development
(GIED), a school curriculum development wing of the provincial government
launched the first edition of the series focusing on the relationships between people
and animals. Future themes to be covered include Food, Air, Water, Habitat and Land.
The series will help teachers and learners explore environmental issues in a way that
stimulates debate about people’s relationship and interactions with their environment.
The books will lend support to teachers in the implementation of this Revised
National Curriculum Statement (RNCS), informed by an active, learner-centered
approach to education.
The series comprised among others, learners’ books with an accompanying teacher’s
guide, each book focuses on one environment theme, separate books for each of the
first three phases of schooling – foundation phase (Grades R-3), intermediate phase
(Grades 4-6) and senior phase (Grades 7-9)
The series also provides a fully-developed learning programmes in areas such
illustrations in learners’ books, step-by-step teacher’s guide for facilitating the
activities, clear curriculum links, support teachers in outcomes-based assessment, and
background information relevant to the topic or particular methodological approach.
Educators and officials from both departments have been involved in the production
The first book in the series, Animals have already been distributed to public schools
in the province and positive comments have been received from teachers who acted as
reviewers of the content. More feedback is being gathered to inform the future
development of the series.
The production of the future modules will be in line with the rollout of the RNCS,
with books for the foundation phase due to be printed in 2004.
The series content directly relates to issues such as poverty alleviation, health,
changing unsustainable patterns of consumption and production, protection of natural
resources which are key cross-cutting issues inherent in the Johannesburg Plan of
Implementation – a response to the Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable
Schools, educators, non-governmental or any interested organization can contact
Ranjini Pillay on Te: (011) 355-1365, Fax: (011) 355-1076 or e-mail:
email@example.com or Rachel Adatia on (011) 442-6682 to request or review copies
of the series.
For more information contact Andile Gumede on (011) 355-1957 / 082 443-8214
JUNE IS YOUTH MONTH
The Gauteng Provincial government has organized a month long programme to
celebrate our youth. As part of the celebrations, the Gauteng Department of Education
is hosting the following events:
Wednesday, 11 June 2003:
Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa and Education MEC Ignatius Jacobs launch the
Science Edutainment Centre.
Venue: Electric Workshop, Newtown Cultural Precinct
Thursday, 19 June 2003
Gauteng education MEC Ignatius Jacobs and Transnet launch the Katlehong
Technical School Media Centre.
Venue: Katlehong Technical School Media Centre, Soweto
Thursday, 19 June 2003
Gauteng Education Department, in partnership with the French government and
National Business Initiative (NBI), launch the Education Action Zones to support the
transformation of dysfunctional schools in the province.
Venue: Lamula Secondary School, Meadowlands, Soweto
AFRICAN DAY CELEBRATIONS 25TH MAY 2003
The Gauteng Government recognizes the importance of breaking down the
stereotypes about all types of human injustices and intolerances, especially
In 2004 we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the OAU/AU and also one
decade of democracy in South Africa.
As a country that hostel the inauguration of the African Union (AU) in June 2002 and
our President being the current chairperson of the AU, it is the last opportunity for us
as a country to recognize and celebrate Africa as we prepare the hand-over of the
chairmanship to Mozambique. (South Africa may only be able to chair the AU again
in 53 years time as the chairmanship of this body is to rotate.)
It becomes pertinent that we reflect on the role Africa played over the years in our
liberation struggle, and take a moment to express our appreciation and thank for
having walked with us as a country until we defeated the Apartheid regime.
The Premier’s office, Department of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture were with
the responsibility of leading the preparations around the celebrations around the
celebrations of Africa Day in the Province.
THEME: FROM 40 YEARS OS SOLIDARITY IN STRUGGLE TO A CENTUARY OF UNITY,
PEACE AND PROSPERITY
The three key messages would centre on: Thanking Africa, Farewell to the AU
Chairmanship and Breaking down Stereotypes.
The Department of Education would identify 53 schools which would each choose an
African country and develop projects that would focus on those countries for a week
preceding the celebration of Africa Day (19th-25 May 2003).
The coordinating team has committed itself to assisting the Department in linking
schools to different Embassies to enrich the different projects the schools would be
GAUTENG ACTIVITIES: Monday – Sunday
The history of the country of choice
Culture, music and dance
African cuisine and Food tasting festival
Appreciation of the National Symbols
A colloquium / debate and dialogue
City street parade up to the cultural precinct and Exhibitions (African Village)
A display of the military parachutes hoisting the national flags of the African Troika
Address by the political leadership and cultural festival.
The city of Durban has donated land for the erection of a monument that would be
interactive (museum and library) and the President will unveil the plaque in the week
preceding the celebrations.
Saturday the 24th May has been identified to host a state banquet where AU will be
conferred to the founding fathers of the OAU in 1963 – only one head of state is still
alive, namely Alberto Bembela – Algeria
Heads of States
Representatives of regional economic states (only 3SGs remaining)
9 Heads of State – Economic Region
Ministers, Deputy Ministers and MECs
53 foreign ministers
Ambassadors and foreign diplomats
CONSULTATION AND PARTICIPATION
The Department of Foreign Affairs, National Department of Arts and Culture,
Gauteng Provincial government and the City pf Joburg will jointly coordinate both the
pre-and main events to ensure synergy.
The Department of Sports Arts and Culture in Gauteng will consult with all the
cultural groupings to ensure that any planned activity fits in and complements
Government plans and minimize competing activities.
Education will engage with publishers to donate books on African countries as part of
their social responsibility but also for sustainability after the event.
SRAC will jointly with education mobilize the 239 libraries in the province and book
stores to promote books on African countries during the focus week.
The Provincial tem will mobilize and encourage active participation of all organs of
civil society, schools, political parties and cultural groupings.
The Market Cultural Precinct is the venue of choice as the cultural hub of Gauteng.
We will be able to mobilize more than 10 000 people from the inner-city, Hilbrow and
also buss from townships.
Upon inquiry, there may be challenges around the 21-shot gun in a built-up area,
however the City of Joburg can assist in identifying a more suitable venue to so that.
Discussions will be taken with SAA to ensure that at the time of the fly pass there are
no planes landing at Johannesburg International airport.
POINTS FOR FURTHER DISCUSSIONS
1. Premier to lobby and galvanize support from the Inter-Ministerial committee
for the Cultural precinct as a venue of choice (political decision)
2. The role of the Premier and Major Masondo with regard to the programme
3. Roles and responsibilities will be allocated on Thursday 13th.
4. Budget will be split amongst: Foreign Affairs and City of Joburg (state
banquet & main event), SRAC and Education pre-events
5. Security personnel will be deployed from both national level and the City of
6. The dean of the diplomatic core will be availed to address the colloquium
7. GCIS to be invited to jointly craft a communication strategy
8. The marketing division at Foreign Affairs to procure promotional material
9. The national team will present the Gauteng and the national plans to the Inter-
Ministerial committee on Tuesday the 11th.
10. The planning committee to meet again on Thursday, from Gauteng: Nikelwa
(Premier’s Office). Matlakala and Felicity (Education) , Busi (Joburg Metro),
PS. Attachment: draft programme for the African Day Celebrations
Inputs will be immensely appreciated
LET’S CELEBRATE WORKERS DAY
DEFEND, RESPECT AND PROMOTE WORKER RIGHTS’
Joint Statement on Workers Day Celebration by Cosatu, Fedusa, Nactu and the
Gauteng Provincial Government
For the first time since the advent of democracy, worker organizations and the
Gauteng Provincial will join hands to celebrate Workers Day on 1 May this year.
Through the world, workers observe 1st May as a day to rededicate themselves to
further efforts to strengthen workers rights and improve their working conditions. The
event will take place at Newtown, at the Mary Fitzgerald Square. The event will be
complemented with exhibitions, food stalls, top musicians and entertainers, cultural
performances and fun activities for children.
The Federation of unions of South Africa has organized transport for all those who
wish to attend. Pick up points are as follows:
All buses leave at 8:00am
Soshanguve Community Hall; Mamelodi Stanza; Bopape Multipurpose Center;
Atteridgeville Ledwaba Hall; Olievenhoutbosch; Alexandra 8th Avenue Clinic and
All buses leave at 8:00am
Rockville; Diepkloof; White City; Orlando; Mofolo; Pimville
Bus leaves at 8:00am from shopping mall
Bus leaves at 8:00am from Civic Centre
BEREA AND YEOVILLE:
Bus leaves at 8:00am from Recreation Hall
All buses leave at 8:00am
Sharpeville Library; Meyerton Taxi Rank; Sebokeng / Lakeside/ Orange Farm;
Boipatong Community Hall; Evaton Mochaineng Stop; Zithobeni Municipality
Offices; Rethabiseng Community hall
All buses leave at 8:00am
Etwatwa Emaphupheni Clinic; Daveyton HH Mokoka Library and Civic Centre;
Watville Local Library; Tsakane farani MPCC; Duduza Resource Centre; Vosloorus
Khulisa Centre; Katlehong Zonke Taxi Rank; Thokoza Grinaker Centre and Thokoza
LEARNER OBSERVE WORLD HEATH DAY
Children from schools around Tshwane are today (Wednesday, April 16) gathered at
the Pilditch Stadium for the Gauteng observation of World Health Day.
Members of the Gauteng government’s executive council’s social sub-committee and
the Tshwane Metro Council attending the event, under the theme ‘Healthy
Environments for children’.
MECs Gwen Ramokgopa of health, Nomvula Mokonyane of safety and liaison, Angie
Motshekga of social services and population development, Ignatius Jacobs of
education and Tshwane executive mayor will sign a pledge committing government to
promote a safe and healthy environment for children. Grade five children, who have
participated in an art competion for the past two weeks, will receive awards when 12
winners will be announced.
Up to one third of deaths and diseases in the world are attributed to environmental
factors, with over 40 percent of environmental-related diseases borne by children
under the age of five. Poor nutrition status exacerbates childhood vulnerability to
COMMUNITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS
Dates and Areas
29: Barrage (Vanderbijlpark rural areas)
26: Gatsrand (Randfontein rural areas)
31: Eldorado Park
APRIL IS HEALTH MONTH
Lets work together to keep our learners healthy
Remember that as a patient you have the right to:
A healthy and safe environment and participation in decision-making
Access to health care
Knowledge of one’s health insurance medical aid scheme
Choice of health services
Be treated by a named health care provider
Confidentiality and privacy
Refusal of treatment
Be referred for a second opinion
Continuity of care
Complain about health services
CELEBRATING HUMAN RIGHTS
The Social Plan/Extra-Curricular Programme will be hosting the Premier’s Cup
Athletics Schools Challenge for both primary and high schools in Gauteng, on the 7 th
and 8th of March. The athletics competition is part of Human Rights celebrations,
which will be honored throughout the month of March
The athletics programme is as follows:
DATE: 18 March 2003
VENUE: Johannesburg Stadium
TIME: 09:00 – 15:00
Each district to summit the names of four schools, as listed below, by 28 February
2003 to Sabata Khumalo at fax:
1.1 Primary School Merit [B11,g11,B13 & g13]
2.1 Primary School – Development [B11, G11, B13 & G13]
3.1 Secondary School Merit [B15, G15, B17 & G17]
4.1 Secondary School - Development [B15, G15, B17 & G17]
One athlete from each school per event (Maximum 10 Athletes per school)
An athlete may only take part in one Track or Field and a Relay.
Age Group Event 1 Event 2 Event 3 Event 4 Relay
Girls 11 75m Hurdles 1 200m 150m Long Jump Relay
Boys 11 75m Hurdles 1 200m 150m Long Jump Relay
Girls 13 75m Hurdles 800m 200m Long Jump Relay
Boys 13 75m Hurdles 800m 200m Long Jump Relay
Girls 17 75m Hurdles 800m 200m Long Jump Swedish Relay
Boys 17 75m Hurdles 800m 200m Long Jump Swedish Relay
The CEO, Mr. Mallele Petje is on roadshows addressing district officials, institutions,
chairpersons of school Governing Bodies, District Education Training Council
Members and Local Education Training Units. The aim is to share with them:
The GDE’s macro plan
Curriculum strategies; and
District covered thus far are:
Ekurhuleni West; and
Dates still to come are:
Date: 28 March 2003
District: Head Office
Venue: Kwa Dukuza Egoli
Time: 12:00 – 15:00
Date: 23 April 2003
District: Sedibeng West
Venue: Potchefstroom university/Civic Centre
Date: 24 April 2003
District: Gauteng West
Venue: Communication to advice
Date: 29 April 2003
District: HB West
Venue: SA Technikon
Date: 15 April 2003
Venue: Walter Sisulu Conference Centre Rhema Church
CONGRADULATIONS TO OUR FUTURE LEADERS!
Four learners from four schools in the Gauteng Province have been invited by the
Minister of Finance, Mr. Trevor Manuel to attend the budget speech at the opening of
Parliament on the 26 February 2003. The four learners are among those who
participated in the South African Youth Ministerial Project (SAYMP) run by African
General Equity Foundation (AGE).
In honour of their achievement the Gauteng Department of Education, Mr. Ignatius
Jacobs is hosting a luncheon on Thursday 20th February 2003. The names and schools
of the Youth Ministers of Finance are:
Abongile Zweni – Kwabhekilanga School
Timothy Keleketsi – Thabo Secondary School
Rishaad Sujee – Nirvana Secondary School
GENERAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
24: Opening of the Legislature ‘Premier’s Address
24: Economic cluster: media briefing led by MEC Jabu Moleketi
26: Social cluster: briefing led by MEC Gwen Ramokgopa.
4: Provincial budget speech to be presented by MEC Jabu Moleketi
5: Provincial report back on challenges, achievements and plans. (MECs will be
deployed to different parts of the Province).