Umzimvubu Local Municipality (ULM), led by its Mayor Councillor Khulukazi Phangwa and Speaker Cllr. Zolisani Sisilana partnered with the Department of Education rewarded excelling 2014 matriculates at an Awards Ceremony held at Lindelani Senior Secondary School in Tela Village, Ward 03 of this municipality on Thursday 05 February 2015. As part of its commitment to nurture, impel and contribute to the excellence of education in schools within this municipality, ULM took it on its shoulders to initiate a ceremony of this nature in the school with a primary objective of commending students who have showed some zeal towards their studies and proved the invested time and knowledge conveyed to them by their teachers to be a true and bright future pavement.

Present at the ceremony was the Department of Education, Mount Frere District Director Mr. Sobikela who could not contain his elation when conveying his motivational words. Having performed and made it to the top six achievers in the district, Lindelani Senior Secondary School managed to produce the second top achieving student, Mawande Khuphuka, 18 of Betshwana Location in Mount Ayliff; within the district, defeated by the first runner up from Mount Frere High School. The school was established in 1999 but only had its first class of matriculates in 2001. With a fair pass rate since that time, the school Headman Mr. Dlali was proud to present a precedent increase in its pass rate over the years up to 2014. An apex of 86% pass rate qualified the school to be a Dinaledi School a few years back which is schools that the Department of Education marks as star schools.

“Over the past years, our school has managed to produce quality results to an extent that on a yearly basis we do get students of Khuphuka’s calibre that make us proud,” said Dlali. Khuphuka represented the District at a Provincial Awards Ceremony held in East London on the 6th of January 2015.

A number of excellence awards were honoured to some school educators of subjects such as mathematics, life sciences, and English economics as well as accounting studies. Considering that the school is a rural area bound institution, the mayor of ULM commended the good work these educators perform and motivated them to do more.

Mount Frere District had 3483 grade 12 learners registered for the 2014 final year exams and Khuphuka made it as the second best. School Governing Body members and community members attended the ceremony and witnessed this success. Khuphuka is currently enrolled for a BSc. Degree at Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha.

This programme formed part of the Mayor’s back to school campaign which coincides with and took place during the Pre-State of the Nation Address by the President of South Africa that is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 12 February 2015. Integrated to the programme was an Information session by the Department of Communications Regional Communications Coordinator Ndyebo Kopo who spent the day at a stall within the school premises targeting learners, interacting and informing them of the importance of SONA.