http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.05Change: 0.07
R/$ = 12.14Change: 0.15
Au 1184.30 $/ozChange: -1.50
Pt 1143.50 $/ozChange: 3.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Apr 01, 2011

Royal Bafokeng makes R450m investment into education infrastructure

Back
Engineering|Africa|Building|Education|Environment|Flow|System|Water|Africa|Flow|Green Building|Green-building|Infrastructure|Water
Engineering|Africa|Building|Education|Environment|Flow|System|Water|Africa|Flow|Green Building|Green-building|Infrastructure|Water
engineering|africa-company|building|education-company|environment|flow-company|system|water-company|africa|flow-industry-term|green-building-industry-term|green-building-industry-term|infrastructure|water
© Reuse this



The official opening, in late March, of the Royal Bafokeng’s upgraded Lebone II College, in Phokeng, marked an important, and sizeable, investment into the edu- cation infrastructure of the Bafokeng region, in the North West province, which serves about 20 000 pupils in 45 schools.

Founded by the late Kgosi Lebone II in 1997, the new R450-million campus embraces all levels of schooling and incorporates hostel accommodation.

Office of His Majesty the King public affairs executive Keorapetse Tumagole tells Engineering News that it has been built to world-class architectural standards, is environment-friendly and offers a nurturing environment in which to develop free thinking pupils and future leaders.

It incorporates green-building elements through the use of grey water in the gardens and minimal use of air conditioning, with classes that open up completely to the outdoors so as to make use of natural light and ventilation.

Throughout the campus, structures were built on previously underused portions of the property in such a way as to flow with the landscape and preserve the indigenous trees.

The Bafokeng vision for education reform includes interventions in literacy and numeracy, mother-tongue instruction in the early grades, effective school management and strong parental involvement.

In his address, the leader of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi stated: “Our education system is in crisis.”

He noted that South Africa regularly ranked at the bottom of international indices of academic performance, and did not even feature in the top 100 countries in terms of reading, maths or science. When one separated the independent and Model C schools from the public schools in rural areas, the picture became a lot grimmer.

“We teach children to read in the first three grades but we do no give them any books to practise with. That is like teaching a child to play soccer but denying him a ball. “Many of our schools in rural areas do not have libraries that you or I would recognise as such. In terms of numeracy, we teach children to count, add and subtract but we do not teach them the higher-order thinking skills they need to be able to compute, analyse, compare and organise information. Without basic literacy and numeracy skills, what will happen?” warned Molotlegi.

He added that children could not synthesise information to make an informed decision, could not think in three dimen- sion to draw a simple plan and could not understand a sequence well enough to carry out a set of instructions. In other words, they could not function in a world that required thinking, planning and understanding.

This might not be true of all South African schools, he said, but it was certainly the situation in the schools that served rural villages, such as Phokeng. This amounted to systematic educational inequality in a country that had fought so hard to achieve a level playing field for all.

Molotlegi added: “Recruit, retain and empower the best teaching talent you can find, and develop the brightest and most energetic young educators to be the principals, government officials and policymakers of tomorrow.”

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Property Developments News
Paul-Roux de Kock
Residential property prices are forecast to grow at 7.2% this year, on the back of 6.72% growth in 2014.
JSE-listed Delta Properties received bids of about R523-million for the bookbuild it launched on Tuesday. The company had set out to raise R400-million and accepted bids of R503-million.
A challenging construction sector, difficult contractual environment and poor operational performance have contributed to JSE-listed construction company Basil Read reporting an R820.9-million aftertax loss for the year ended December 31, 2014. “Lossmaking contracts...
More
 
 
Latest News
South Africa's only nuclear plant, Koeberg
The Department of Energy (DoE) announced on Tuesday that the pre-procurement phase for South Africa’s proposed roll-out of a nuclear new build programme had been completed, following the latest in a series of workshops with vendor countries and their companies....
The Competition Commission has appointed Bukhosibakhe Majenge legal services divisional manager, effective April 1. The commission advised on Tuesday that Majenge would take over from Wendy Ndlovu, appointed manager in the office of the Commissioner. Majenge had...
Aim-listed energy provider Ncondezi Energy has been granted an extension for meeting certain conditions relating to the conditional commercial deal signed between it and Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) for its 300 MW power plant. Ncondezi was establishing an...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review. Capex...
After several years of navigating project-threatening red tape and currency fluctuations, the 4.4 MW Bronkhorstspruit biogas power plant, which will supply clean energy to a leading automotive manufacturer in Gauteng, is expected to enter production before June....
RESOURCEFUL The raw material for the pilot plant would be supplied from the dissolving wood pulp plants at Sappi’s Saiccor and Ngodwana mills, in South Africa, and the Cloquet mill, in the US
South African paper and pulp producer Sappi reported earlier this month that it would build a pilot plant for the production of low-cost Cellulose NanoFibrils, or CNF (nanocellulose) at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands.
The long-term outlook for Nigeria is a country that has the potential to be very strong. So affirmed International Monetary Fund (IMF) Nigeria Mission Chief and Senior Resident Representative Dr Gene Leon on recently. "But we are starting from a point of huge...
Poor infrastructure planning and inadequate maintenance are becoming increasingly problematic for new developments and the associated infrastructure required to support such developments. In many urban and rural municipalities, the state of infrastructure has been...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96