MEC Chiloane launches Raymond Mhlaba Maths, Science and ICT school of specialisation with a focus on mining

Gauteng Education MEC Matome Chiloane officially launched Raymond Mhlaba Maths, Science, and ICT School of Specialization with a focus on Mining on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at Tshepisong, Roodepoort.

Raymond Mhlaba Secondary School, nestled in Tshepisong, now stands as a beacon of excellence in the realm of mathematics, science, and information and communication technology (ICT), specifically tailored to cater to the skills of the mining industry. Tshepisong, a township within the City of Johannesburg, derives its name from the hopeful prospect of a better life, attracting residents from nearby areas in pursuit of improved living conditions.

The school, proudly named after Raymond Mhlaba, a prominent anti-apartheid activist, Communist, leader of the African National Congress (ANC), and the inaugural premier of the Eastern Cape, has been serving its community since its inception in 2009. Throughout its history, Principal Angie Mokiti has steadfastly led the school with unwavering commitment.

The strategic choice of Raymond Mhlaba as a math, science, and ICT school of specialization with a focus on mining is underpinned by the significant presence of mining operations in the vicinity. Notably, Harmony, located approximately 4.3 kilometers from the school, and Sibanye are key players in the mining sector in this area. Moreover, mining equipment enterprises are established within the community. Many parents in the area are employed by these mining companies.

However, the overarching objective is to provide learners with an expanded perspective on the mining industry. This encompasses recognizing mining as a multifaceted industry requiring a diverse range of professionals. This includes not only miners but also engineers and technicians. The school aims to empower its learners to explore the myriad of career opportunities within the mining sector. It is crucial that they comprehend the broader scope of this field and the vital role they can play in shaping its future.

“As we continue our journey, we are dedicated to preparing our learners for the future, instilling confidence, and expanding their horizons. Raymond Mhlaba marks the 29th School of Specialization to be inaugurated, exemplifying the progressive strides of the Gauteng Department of Education. We are moving forward with a clear vision of reimagining the future for our learners, where they can showcase their talents and access top-quality education right in their community,” said MEC Chiloane.

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