ATC150429: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on attending the 15th National Teaching Awards, dated 14 April 2015

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Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on attending the 15th National Teaching Awards, dated 14 April 2015.


The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education, having attended the 15th Annual National Teaching Awards on 7 March 2015 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, reports as follows:


1.         Introduction


  1. The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education received an invitation from the Department of Basic Education to send a multi-party delegation to attend the 15th Annual National Teaching Awards at the Gallagher Convention Centre on 7 March 2015.


  1. The delegation comprised the following members of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education: Hon N Mokoto, MP (ANC) (Whip), Hon T Khoza MP (ANC), Hon D Mnguni MP (ANC), Hon D Van Der Walt MP (DA) and Hon N Majeke MP (UDM).


  1. Members of staff who formed part of the delegation included Mr L A Brown (Committee Secretary) and Ms S Ntabeni (Committee Assistant).


2.         Background


The National Teaching Awards was conceptualised and launched in 2000 and had entered its fifteenth year of implementation. The function was a way to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts made by teachers, often in difficult conditions. The awards also acknowledged and encouraged dedicated and caring teachers in their efforts to develop learners. The main objectives of the National Teacher Awards were to:


  • Focus public attention on the positive aspects of Basic Education, thereby raising the public image of the teaching profession;
  • Recognise and promote excellence in teaching performance;
  • Honour dedicated creative and effective teachers and schools;
  • Encourage best practice in schools; and
  • Afford South Africans the opportunity to publicly thank teams and individual teachers in schools.


3.         National Teaching Award Ceremony Programme


After a welcome address by the Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Mr E Surty, the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs A Motshekga addressed and congratulated all the finalists taking part in the award ceremony. She mentioned that the event was an opportunity to show appreciation for those teachers who went above and beyond their call of duty. The impact of a single teacher could be life-changing in the mind of a child.  Such teachers managed to inspire and cultivate a love for life-long learning in the lives of learners with whom they worked. The Minister mentioned that teachers were an extremely important facet of our society and played an important role in the lives of children for the formative years of their development and could not be understated.


This was followed by a keynote address delivered by the Deputy President, Mr C Ramaphosa which highlighting the important role teachers play in developing our society. He mentioned that without teachers he would not be what he was today. Teachers were responsible for nurturing and developing the future of our country. The Deputy President mentioned that teachers at the award ceremony needed to be an example of what an exceptional teacher embodied. Other teachers needed to strive to emulate the example set by them. 


After the address by the Deputy President, the programme moved to the various awards and winners as follows:


Excellence in Primary School Teaching:


1st Place – Ms Marna Jonker, Laerskool Mareetsane, North West Province

2nd Place – Ms Anneline Govender, Brenthurst Primary School, Gauteng Province

3rd Place – Ms Nothando Ndlovu, Dukuza Primary School, KwaZulu-Natal Province


Excellence in Secondary School Teaching:


1st Place – Ms Wilhelmina Venter, Witteberg High School, Free State Province

2nd Place – Ms Refiloe Malatjie, UJ Metropolitan Academy, Gauteng Province

3rd Place – Ms Ellen Nkuna, Swartruggens Intermediate School, North West Province


Excellence in Primary School Leadership:


1st Place – Mr Silas Pillay, Halfway House Primary School, Gauteng Province

2nd Place – Mr Amos Mabuza, Sindzawonye Primary School, Mpumalanga Province

3rd Place – Mr Llewellyn Aiken, Vooruitsig Primary School, Northern Cape Province


Excellence in Secondary School Leadership:


1st Place – Mr Leonard Kope Malatsi, St Pauls High School, Limpopo Province

2nd Place – Mr Vuyani Langa, St Patricks Secondary School, Eastern Cape Province

3rd Place – Mr Dennis Karelse, Albertinia High School, Western Cape Province


Excellence in Grade R Teaching:


1st Place – Ms Pat Schrade, Nyanda Primary School, KwaZulu-Natal

2nd Place – Ms Maryke Gird, Laerskool Unie, North West Province

3rd Place – Ms Lisa de la Cornillere-Schutte, Cambridge Primary School, Eastern Cape


Excellence in Special Needs and Inclusive Teaching:


1st Place – Ms Jennifer Harrison, Bedelia Primary School, Free State Province

2nd Place – Mr Brendon Bussy, Battswood Arts Centre, Western Cape Province

3rd Place – Ms Caryn Reddy, Ms Catherine Hauvette, Ms Daniella Teixiera, Ms Adéle 

Combrinck and Ms Willemine van Velden, Delta Park School, Gauteng Province


Excellence in Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning:


1st Place – Ms Michelle van Wyk, Onze Rust Primary School, Free State Province

2nd Place – Mr Tiro George Shoai, Matlhaleng Secondary School, North West Province

3rd Place – Ms Elmarie Labuschagne, General Smuts High School, Gauteng Province


Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (FET):


1st Place – Mr Morné Smit, Hoër Volkskool, North West Province

2nd Place – Ms Johanna Willemse, Shengeza High School, KwaZulu-Natal Province

3rd Place – Mr Moegemat Rashied Wynford, Victoria Park High School, Eastern Cape


Excellence in Teaching Physical Science (FET):


1st Place – Mr Nndavheleseni Thomas Mudau, Jonathan Mushathama Secondary School, Limpopo Province

2nd Place – Mr Edwin Mphikeleli Botomane, Sophatisana Secondary School, Eastern Cape Province

3rd Place – Ms Ida Abueng Lesotho, Sunrise View Secondary School, North West Province


Prof Kader Asmal Excellence Award:

1st Place – Ms Thembisile Mavis Mdlalose, Thembimfundo Special School, KwaZulu-Natal 



Lifetime Achievement Award:

1st Place – Mr Ganasen Reddy, Glenhaven Secondary School, KwaZulu-Natal Province

2nd Place – Mr Albert Dill, Transorania School for the Deaf, Gauteng Province

3rd Place – Mr Leepile Ishmael Mompati, Albert Morkoka Secondary School, Free State Province


Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Volunteer Educator:


1st Place – Ms Azwihangwisi Virginia Maligana, Limpopo Province

2nd Place – Ms Nokuthula Ngqalakwezi, Eastern Cape Province

3rd Place – Mr Tebogo Motaung, Free State Province


Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Volunteer Supervisor:


1st Place – Ms Nkaneke Joyce Komana, Limpopo Province

2nd Place – Mr Vusumuzi Godlo, Gauteng Province

3rd Place – Ms Euginia Dladla, Western Cape Province


Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Volunteer Co-Ordinator:


1st Place – Ms Mpho Iris Chabaesele, North West Province

2nd Place – Ms Tintswalo Stephina Mayimele, Limpopo Province

3rd Place – Ms Batlile Habedi, Gauteng Province


Kha Ri Gude Inclusive Education Volunteer Educator:


1st Place – Mr Obakeng Shadrack Sebolao, Free State Province

2nd Place – Ms Gcwalisile Dhlamini, KwaZulu-Natal Province

3rd Place – Mr Sipho Ntombela, KwaZulu-Natal Province


Kha Ri Gude Inclusive Education Volunteer Supervisor:


1st Place – Ms Saseraka Naicker, KwaZulu-Natal Province

2nd Place – Mr Christopher Nair, Mpumalanga Province

3rd Place – Mr Mfundo Lebaka, Eastern Cape Province


Kha Ri Gude Inclusive Education Volunteer Co-Ordinator:


1st Place – Mr Othusitse Eric Gama, Free State Province

2nd Place – Mr Jimmy Baloyi, Limpopo Province

3rd Place – Ms Charita Shikwambana, Limpopo Province



4.         Conclusion


The 15th National Teaching Awards Ceremony was concluded with a special word of thanks from the Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Mr E Surty.



Report to be noted.





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