Ntshalintshali lauds South32 for maths academy

Described as world-class, it was built by both the Mpumalanga government and mining company South32.


The world class academy has a state of the art broadcasting studio which will enable 101 schools around the province to interact with their teachers.

It was officially unveiled on Friday by eMalahleni mayor Lindiwe Ntshalintshali and Education MEC Reginah Mhaule and is known as OR Tambo Mathematics, Science and Technology Academy.

The centre is situated near Highveld Mall in Emalahleni.

The academy was handed over to the department of education on 3 October 2017 by mining company South 32 and it was decided that on the birthday of OR Tambo – 27 October – the academy would be officially unveiled and named after him.

Ntshalintshali praised the private sector for partnering with government in realising a dream of building a centre which will make it possible for children to specialise in mathematics and science.

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“There is a big need for this academy which will assist to develop and produce skills related to mathematics and science.”

Ntshalintshali was proud that the academy is located in eMalahleni, an energy hub of the country.

“We have power stations which produce energy for the country and it is appropriate that the academy is here in eMalahleni,” she said.

She lauded OR Tambo for his role in the struggle against oppression and his role as a mathematics teacher.

“Our children must make use of this facility to change their lives and those of their families,” she said.

*Mabuza works in the mayor’s office as the communication officer.

R100 million science academy unveiled in eMalahleni

Launched on Tuesday this week, the eMalahleni Maths, Science and Technology Academy will help prepare South African engineers, technicians, teachers and businesspeople as the fight to end skill shortages wages on.

Situated around the Highveld mall area, the academy has a maths, science, technology and chemistry laboratories as well as a library and a broadcasting studio.

Officials from the department of education in the Mpumalanga province say the R100 million project by the department and mining company South32 will target a lot of young people to take up careers in scarce skill professions.

MEC Reginah Mhaule, who, together with South32 chief operating officer Mike Fraser, officially unveiled the building on Tuesday mid-day, said: “We are doing this because we fully understand that maths, science and technology subjects hold a key to free our county from the bondage of the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.”

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She said the academy would be used to train teachers to enhance their capacity, adding lessons would also be broadcast live to learners in 101 schools.

“It is our strong belief that a R100 million investment is a quantum leap of magnanimous proportion aimed at catapulting the transfer of skills, values and knowledge,” said Mhaule.

“This investment will inspire many young people to take up careers where there are critical shortages of professionals like doctors, engineers and scientists,” the MEC said.

South32’s Mike Frazer said he was very proud of it as it will assist a lot of people.

“It’s well-known that education in the areas of maths and science remains a challenge,” he said.

(edited by ZK, African News Agency)

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