Well done Class of 2018!

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Class of 2018
Excelsior News - Piet Retief

The class of 2018 outdid themselves and achieved excellent pass rates within the Gert Sibande District – congratulations to each and every pupil who worked very hard at receiving their NSC (National Senior Certificate).

A representative of the local Department of Education’s Circuit office provided the Excelsior News with the statistics of the Gert Sibande Region’s matric pass rate for 2018 and the following results were made available for publication: Mkhondo: • Piet Retief High School – 94,7% • Piet Retief Combined School – 91,4% • Inqubeko Secondary School – 82,7% • Amadlelo Aluhlaza Secondary School – 77,1% • Ubuhlebuzile Secondary School – 72,5% • Cana Combined School – 72,1% • Kwashuku Secondary School – 71,9% • Ndlela Secondary School – 56,3% • Zendelingspost Combined School – 53,8% • Kempsiding Combined School – 50,0% Amsterdam: • Esibusisweni Combined School – 100% • Glen Eland Combined School – 90,0% • Msinyane Secondary School – 89,7% • Izimbali Combined School – 85,7% • Mlilo Combined School – 71,6% • Nganana Secondary School – 57,4% Ermelo (Msukaligwa): • Ligbron Academy of Technology – 100,0% • Hoërskool Ermelo – 99,0% • Ermelo Combined School – 96,0% • Netherland Park Secondary School – 90,3% • Ithafa Secondary School – 90,1% • Reggie Masuku Secondary School – 84,0% • Cebisa Secondary School – 32,8% • Lindile Secondary School – 31,2% • Kwadlela Secondary School – 88,0% • Bee Maseko Secondary School – 80,6% • Morgenzon Landbou Akademie – 80,0% • Nqobangolwazi Secondary School – 77,3% • Camden Combined School – 57,1% • Umfudlana Combined School – 57,1% Wakkerstroom: • Sinethemba Secondary School – 93,5% • Qedela Secondary School – 92,9% • Siphokuhle Secondary School – 92,0% • Seme Secondary School – 83,6% • Nalithuba Secondary School – 76,5% • Ezakheni Combined School – 73,3% • Uthaka Secondary School – 72,4% • Injabulo School – 67,3% • Vukubone Secondary School – 51,2% Well done with these exceptional achievements!

On Monday, 7 January 2019, Programme Directors, Mr Treasure Thabede and Mr Mbhekeni Simelane, hosted a prize-giving ceremony to commemorate the learners who excelled during their NSC (National Senior Certificate)’s final examination in 2018.

The event took place from 13:00 in the Town Hall and the venue was beautifully, yet stylishy decorated. The stage was filled with trophies and certificates to be handed over to the learners who were invited to attend the event. Opening and Prayer was conducted by Sfiso Phakathi and the welcoming remarks were handled by Speaker Cllr. G.T. Nkosi.

Introduction of the guests was done by Mr Robert Khubeka, Communications Manager at Mkhondo Local Municipality and the introduction of the political guests was done by the MMC of Community Services, Cllr. T.E. Khumalo. A word of inspiration from local business people was delivered by Mr W. Mthembu while the audience received words of appreciation from an SGB (School Governing Body) representative, Mr S.R. Nkosi (National Association of Schools Governing Body).

Some of the school prinicipals who attended the event also had the opportunity to praise their school’s learners for achievements and Mr M. Kunene, Municipal Manager, also had the opportunity to express his gratitude. Pastor Nigross Manana delivered a powerful sermon that surely encouraged all future university students that were present and Inkosi Mthethwa eMadabukela thanked the Mayor of Mkhondo and his office for all that they have done for education in Mkhondo.

The Executive Mayor of Mkhondo, Honourable Cllr V.M. Motha addressed the guests and mentioned to the learners that they are now half way. They have accomplished excellent results, but there is still more hard work ahead of them and they should never give up.

Shortly after the Mayor’s speech, the prize-giving ceremony commenced and the learners from various schools within Mkhondo, received their awards and trophies. Learners, school personnel, family members and principals from schools such as Kempsiding Combined School, Ndlela Secondary School, Inqubeko Secondary School, Piet Retief Combined School, Ubuhlebuzile Secondary School, Zendelingspost Combined School and Piet Retief High School, were all invited to receive their certificates and trophies during the event.

A warm-hearted vote of thanks was done by the General Manager of Corporate Services, Mr M. Thabede, which concluded the successful event, a first of its kind. The guests then enjoyed a deliciously prepared meal while having the opportunity to socialise with everyone present. The Class of 2018 put Mkhondo on the map! You make us proud!