All eyes are on this year’s Nabalabantfu’s picnic taking place this coming Saturday 15 December 2018 in KaMhlushwa, Nkomazi.
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.
“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.