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Panyaza Lesufi: 31 000 unplaced learners will find a school by the start of the academic year

Bonile Khanyi

More than 31,000 grade 1 and grade 8 learners are waiting to be placed in schools but Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is confident they will be placed come January 17, in time for the start of the academic year. 

“To date, about 17,000 learners whose parents applied on time have not yet been placed. Unfortunately, they have applied in high pressure areas where there is shortage of space. It should also be noted that many of these parents declined alternative offers of placement,” said Lesufi.

“In addition, 22,921 late applications were received towards the end of the year. To date, 8,865 learners from this group have been placed leaving a balance of 14,056.”

Lesufi said parents who still have admission challenges should visit the department’s district offices on 13 and 14 January to help allocate their children to a school.

“The centres will operate from 08:00 to 17:00. Officials from the department will assist to place the unplaced learners and attend to all parents applying for the first time,” said Lesufi.

State of Readiness for the 2018 Academic Year

Despite several schools being damaged by the recent storm and schools that were vandalised during the holidays, the Gauteng Education Department said it was confident that the first day of school would commence without any disruption.

“We have conducted an audit of these schools and they will be repaired in due course,” said Lesufi.

Lesufi said the estimated cost of repairing the schools was R140 million, and that their readiness would depend on the available funds.

He also outlined his plans to ensure that the first day of school runs smoothly.

“We have built and opened about 48 schools since 2014 and will provide extra classes using Alternative Construction Technology (ACT) and mobile classrooms. Learning and Teaching Support Materials (LTSM) have been delivered to schools,” he said.

“Furniture has also been delivered to 436 schools since April 2016 and we plan to provide daily meals to 1,4 million learners and transport 104,000 learners per day.”

Lesufi said all schools would have adequate educators too.

These are the admission centres parents can go to on 13 and 14 January 2018.

DISTRICT Name of Venue Area Address Admissions Coordinator Contact Number
Ekurhuleni North Ekurhuleni North District Office Benoni Ekurhuleni North District Office Munpen Building                                  78 Howard Ave Trevor Kalidheen 082 744 0537
Ekurhuleni South Ekurhuleni South District Office Alberton 2 Robun Close, Meyersdal, Alberton Ntsikilelo Mphela 082 466 5724
Gauteng East Gauteng East District Office Springs Corner 7th Street and 5th Avenue, Telkom Towers Springs Ncediwe Soga 082 333 9348
Johannesburg Central Johannesburg Central District Office Soweto Cnr. Modjadji and Old Potch Road, Pimville Fabian Kelly               Johan van Greune 084 550 8394           060 324 2734                            
Johannesburg East Johannesburg East District Office Parkmore Elizabeth Avenue, Parkmore, Sandton Dr Linda Khanye            Innocemnt Ngwenya 082 939 4922
Johannesburg North Bordeaux Primary School Bordeaux 4 Main Street, Bordeaux Peter Swart 082 520 2281
Johannesburg South Johannesburg South District Office Ormonde 100 Northern Parkway Street, Crownwood Building, Ormonde Mashudu Malingvha 073 199 6791
Johannesburg West Johannesburg West District Office Florida/Roodepoort ABSA Building, 20 Goldman Street Sekgora Mafora 071 873 9644
Meszodo Technical Centre Dobsonville Corner van Onselen & Elias Motsoaledi Roads, Zone 9 Meadowlands Aaron Modise 072-4798708
Thakhisa Teachers Centre Meadowlands Zone 9 2031 Zone 9 Meadowlands Victor Maseko 082-9977253
White House Tshepisong Corner Ruth First Phase 7 Tshepisong Joy Legodi-Zimba 082-4840986
Gauteng West Gauteng West District Office Randfontein 108 Maugham Road, West porges, Randfontein, 1759 Ms Nonhlanhla Ntshangase       071 573 5330
Fochville Secondary School Fochville 105 Kraalkop Street, Kokosi, Fochville, 2515 Mr. Edwin Ditsi 082 562 5943
H/S Wonderfontein Obelhozer, Carletonville C/O Vegkop & Bloukrans Street, Oberholzer Mr. Edwin Ditsi 082 562 5943
Hlangabeza Primary School Khutsong South, Carletonville 614 Nxumalo Road, Khutsong Mr. Edwin Ditsi 082 562 5943
Hoërskool Westonaria Westonaria 1 Van der Stel Street, Westonaria Ms Nomveliso Mpongo                 084 680 6423
Carleton Jones Westonaria Anna Road, Carletonville Ms Nomveliso Mpongo                 084 680 6423
Mohlakano Primary School Mohlakeng 274 Nqonyela Street, Mohlakeng, Randfontein 1756 Mr. Edwin Ditsi 082 562 5943
Khaselihle Primary School Kagiso 6447 Hadebe Street Ms Nonhlanhla Ntshangase       082 562 6066
Krugersdorp District Office Krugersdorp Cnr. Boschoff & Human Street, Krugersdorp Mr. Vusumzi Rajuile               082 562 6066
Sedibeng East Sedibeng East District Office 14 Joubert Streets,                S, L & M  Building Vereniging Moya Botha 083 961 7845
Sedibeng West Sedibeng West District Office 06 Samuel Street                   Zone 18                          Sebokeng Sebokeng Peter Rampa 011 387 8431
Gauteng North Gauteng North District Office Pretoria toriaYorkcor Park Building, 86 Watermeyer street, Val de Grace, Pre Gladys Mphai 082 562 7489
Tshwane North Tshwane North District Wonderboom Junction Corner Lavender and Braam Pretorius Streets, Wonderboom Junction Mall, 1st Floor Onkarabetse Mankuroane 082 744 0537
Tshwane South Vodacom ICT Centre Sunnyside Lenahof Building Prudence Oliphant 012-8011651
Lemoshanang Teachers Centre Atteridgeville 189 Gerard Moerdyk 012-3734232
Mamelodi Teachers Centre: Mamelodi Cnr. Gerard Moerdyk & Justice Mohammed (Walker) Streets 012-3410091
Tshwane West Tshwane West District Mapopane/ Winterveldt Sunnyside Yvonne Mooke 082 415 7284


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