Umzimvubu Local Municipality continues with its pledge to support schools in this area. Two best performing schools, one in Mount Ayliff and another one in Mount Frere were rewarded with 5 Computers each and a printer with a sum value of R75 000. Daluhlanga Senior Secondary School in Ward 02 and Mount White Senior Secondary School in Ntlabeni Village, Ward 13 were seen to be the best performing schools in the academic year 2013 with a matric pass rate of between 90%-100%.

They were the leading schools which then qualified them for this offer by the Municipality. Considering that these schools are rural based, Umzimvubu’s Corporate Services Department saw it fit that they be assisted with the said computer equipment which would then assist in exposing learners enrolled at these schools with Information and Communication Technology Skills at an early stage and not post-secondary school learning as this is the case currently. Deemed as one of the pre-requisite skills that one needs in order to make it in the so technology savvy environment, the computer equipment will assist a great deal in introducing these learners to Basic Computer Literacy. Accompanied by the Education District Manager, Mr. Sobikela, Portfolio Head for Corporate Services Councillor Lizwi Qasha, Corporate Services Manager Mrs. Novuko Kubone and I.T. Manager Mr. Tozamile Funani; Umzimvubu Mayor Khulukazi Phangwa handed over the computer in both schools herself where she pleaded with school personnel to utilise the equipment maximally for the benefit of our future leaders and further alluded to the fact that such privileges are not a daily experience, therefore students must embrace and exploit opportunities today’s government is affording them with all limbs. Corporate Services Manager Kubone gave a background of the program, highlighting that after struggling to source Local IT Skill and Personnel in this regard, this program has been incepted which seeks to promote IT Knowledge at a root level. “It is aimed at the enhancement and development of ICT skills which will then instigate the desire and zeal in students to choose ICT as a profession in which they can further their studies.” Daluhlanga Senior Secondary School Headmaster Mr. Mpuma expressed his sincere gratitude to the Municipality and the Department of Education, collectively referring to these two as the government. He said that they were pleased to see the efforts of the government which they had just voted for continuing even post the elections. “This makes us confident that services are not only brought to us when it is voting time but constantly,” he said. Esethu Nongqotho, a Grade 12 learner at Mount White Senior Secondary School was excited to have the computers installed as they did not have Computer Application & Technology as a subject, she cannot wait to have the Computer lessons Started. Mr. Vellem who is the Principal of Mount White indicated that since they heard about the Computers they came up with a plan of introducing the Curriculum to the school and ways in which it will be conveyed to the learners.