University a reality – Ekurhuleni acting mayor

This is according to Clr Lesiba Mpya, acting mayor of Ekurhuleni Metro when he joined MEC of Basic Education Panyaza Lesufi and Gauteng Premier David Makhura at a ceremony in Benoni to recognise matriculants who performed exceptionally well in 2016.

“Education is the umbilical cord between future generations and our past,” said the acting mayor.

During his speech, he also emphasised that Ekurhuleni’s vision of a university is going to become a reality in the near future.

He said the metro wants to see greater access for its learners and ensure they invest in the metro’s future.

“The major complexity of a school journey life is embedded in the more complex realities of life.

“As you the matriculates all sit here today wondering what the world awaits, equally the world wonders what your generation deposits into society.

“As the City of Ekurhuleni we firstly wish to welcome and appreciate the results and improvement in the year 2016, which is evidence of thousands of young people who want to succeed in their future endeavours.

“As the former president of our country and world icon Tata Nelson Mandela stated, education remains the key to success and that a child of a miner can become a doctor through education. This simply means your circumstances can never determine your future.

“It’s important to value and appreciate the journey towards learning as it opens the mind and expands horizons unimagined. It’s through learning we exchange ideas and evolve technologically and intellectually.

“The challenges of society today compel us to assess the education we disseminate and whether we are producing a society capable of advancing the world. With poverty and unemployment as a daily reality, how is education helping us address this?

“There is a greater demand for education since the dawn of democracy and shortage of institutions of higher learning. This is evident in the #FeesMustFall movement of young brave learners adamant to de-commodify education.

“Good news is the fact that we are an industrial hub that affords us an expansion of skills that can sufficiently benefit the broader economy.

“Learners must consider FETs as an option, as government is investing in manufacturing opportunities.

“Education remains commodified and government is working to address that, and as Ekurhuleni we have invested more in bursary schemes to assist.”

The acting mayor said those that didn’t make it must not despair but explore all avenues available.

“We wish our 2016 matriculants all the best in future endeavours and may this be the beginning of a great path towards your future.”

Riaan Engelbrecht

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