Today more than 2 000 students and parent members of Equal Education (EE) marched to the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) in central Johannesburg to demand decent and dignified sanitation in Gauteng schools. A memorandum was handed over to Gauteng MEC for Education Mr. Panyaza Lesufi, who used the opportunity to announce major improvements to school sanitation that stand to benefit around 600 000 working class and poor students in Gauteng. This is a hard-won victory for Equal Education's year-long activism on this issue.
Thousands of Equal Education (EE) members will be marching to the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) offices at 111 Commissioner Street in Johannesburg to demand decent and dignified sanitation in Gauteng schools, particularly on the East Rand. The march will start at 11 AM at the Beyers Naude Square opposite the Gauteng Legislature and proceed to the Gauteng Department of Education where a memorandum will be handed over to Gauteng MEC for Education Mr. Panyaza Lesufi at 12 pm.
EE expresses concern about the repeated postponement of the fraud and money laundering trial of Portia Sizani, wife of ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani. Mrs Sizani would allegedly obtain the personal details of teachers, apply for posts on their behalf and falsify the principal's signature of approval. Once the money was paid by the department into the teachers' accounts, Mrs Sizani would allegedly inform them that a mistake had been made and that the money should be paid back to her. Sizani has been charged with 16 counts of fraud and money laundering.
Equal Education will be hosting the "Say Africa! Say Education! A night with Vusi Mahlasela and Friends" concert on the 24thof August, 6pm, at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. Mahlasela together with local bands The Muffinz and Driemanskap will be performing at what will be a fundraising concert hosted by the education social movement organisation Equal Education.
Equal Education (EE) welcomes the Minister of Basic Education's Budget Vote speech, delivered to the National Council of Provinces yesterday.
On 15 July MEC Lesufi released his five year plan for the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) at Rabasotho Community Hall in Tembisa
CONFERENCE DECLARATION: MICHAEL KOMAPE NORMS & STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE IMPLEMENTATION CONFERENCE
Civil society organizations to host Michael Komape Implementation of Norms and Standards Conference on 14 and 15 July, Wits University School of Education, Johannesburg