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Mayor awards top achievers

CHARMEL PAYET and VUKILE MBATA ETHEKWINI Mayor Zandile Gumede honoured the top achieving learners in eThekwini, including those from disadvantaged schools, at an awards function held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on 25 January. The top 10 learners from disadvantaged schools, the top 10 learners from eThekwini as well as schools that achieved a 100 percent pass rate in the 2016 National Senior Certificate examinations were recognised at the event with a number receiving bursaries. The hard work put in by principals and learners was also acknowledged as Councillor Gumede recognised the most improved schools in eThekwini as well as top performing pupils in mathematics and physical science. Councillor Gumede said the awards were started 17 years ago and have helped a number of learners access to higher education. ?While education is not a function of local government, we understand the importance of it as the primary weapon in the quest for a better life and for economic transformation.? She urged those who have Sthembiso Nzuza from Nkosinathi High School is pictured with eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and Dr Terence Sibiya from Nedbank, one of the sponsors of the Mayor?s Matric Awards ceremony held on 25 January. The ceremony, now in its 17th year, recognises the hard work of learners and teachers who excelled in the 2016 National Senior Certificate examinations. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE performed well to continue to work hard and make the City proud. ?As you embark on your new lives at universities, I urge you to continue to be focused. I also thank teachers and principals for their hard work as we entrust you with our children every day. I hope the awards also encourage more schools and learners to do well.? She encouraged the pupils to draw on inspiration from the late OR Tambo who would be turning 100 this year. ?Despite the challenges he faced, he accomplished so much. Even if you are from a disadvantaged background you can still do it.? Councillor Gumede also thanked the sponsors who worked with the Municipality to host the event and offer bursaries to top performing pupils. Top pupil in the disadvantaged schools category, Sthembiso Nzuza from Nkosinathi High School, said while he was surprised at being part of the ceremony, he was honoured to be placed first. ?I am really happy,? he said. Nzuza is looking forward to his first year as a medical student. Nomfundo Khawula from Embizweni High School in Umlazi was named second in the top 10 disadvantaged schools and said her hard work has paid off. ?I never thought I would ever meet the Mayor. It shows that you can come from a disadvantaged background but you can still achieve great things.? Khawula intends studying a Bachelor of Commerce Accounting. Romal Naidoo from Danville Park Girls? High was placed first in the top 10 learners in eThekwini. Tholulwazi Secondary School was named among the most improved schools improving their pass rate from 47.8% in 2015 to 89% in the 2016 NSC exams. Siboniso Hlengwa, head of department for maths and science said they are pleased with the improvement following a departmental intervention plan.

Speed humps erected on Ingcebo Road in Ntuzuma

THEMBA KHUMALO TO demonstrate eThekwini Municipality?s commitment to ensure the safety of those travelling on Municipal roads, the City has erected speed humps on the road where five school children died during a horrific car accident. Ntobeko Ngidi? 16? Thabisile Myeni? 16? Sibusiso Sibiya, 16, and S?celo Khumalo, 13? died on 11 January when a taxi they were travelling in collided with a bus on Ingcebo Road in Ntuzuma. Ndumiso Makhanya who was in hospital died on 23 January. Addressing mourners at the funeral service on 21 January, at KwaMashu?s Princess Magogo Stadium, Mayor Zandile Gumede Ntuzuma residents have praised the Municipality for its continued efforts to keep their roads safe, after the erection of new speed humps. criticised the lack of respect for the rules of the road by drivers. ?We can erect as many speed humps as we want but if people fail to respect the rule of law it will not help,? said Councillor Gumede. She called on all road users to respect traffic regulations and standards, follow road signs, signals and to behave cautiously, especially when transporting school children. She urged eThekwini residents to demonstrate civic pride and not to vandalise government property. ?We discourage this practice, I am calling on our residents to talk to us if they have concerns. We are your government and are here to serve you.? Nomfundo a resident of Ntuzuma who uses Ingcebo Road to travel to work said she was very happy that speed humps had been erected. ?We hope that this will help reduce accidents on this road.? The erection of speed humps was completed on 20 January following Mayor Gumede?s intervention. Ports, Ships, Communities 2 nd ANNUAL DURBAN MARITIME SUMMIT

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