By Sello Tatai & Keke Kojoana

BLOEMHOF: The Department of Finance Economy & Enterprise Development in partnership with the North-West Gambling Board and Betting World donated over one hundred pairs of shoes and socks as well as over two hundred school bags to needy learners at the Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality in the North West. The donation formed part and parcel of the 'Back to School Campaign' by the provincial government.


Dr. Segomotsi Mompati is one of the economically depressed municipalities in the North West. Matters of socio-economic concern such as poverty, unemployment and income inequalities continue to be a hindrance in the development of the municipality. Teaching and learning has also not been spared in this socio-economic conundrum.


























On the first two days of the re-opening of schools, MEC for Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development, Honourable Wendy Nelson visited two schools in Christiana to assess the state of readiness and get first-hand information on some of the challenges impeding on teaching and learning.


Addressing learners, teachers, parents and the School Governing Body at Hartsfontein Primary School, near Schweitzer Reneke, MEC Nelson urged parents to take interest in the teaching and learning activities of their children. Nelson further maintained that education which is one of the key priorities of government is a societal matter, which needs the involvement of all stakeholders.


"Teachers will not be able to achieve anything if the community is not supportive of the principal, teachers and the school governing. Government has prioritised education as a key developmental pillar. And in few years we want to see these learners being Doctors, Engineers, and Teachers like one of them has just indicated. We urge all of you to pull together" MEC Nelson said.























Picture By: Keke Kojoana: MEC Wendy Nelson inspecting the state of readiness at Labojang Primary School


Acting Chief Executive Officer of the North-West Gambling Board, Mr. Jacob Montshioa maintains, the responsibility of the Board goes beyond the mandate of regulating gambling in the province. Mr Montshioa insists that, the Board is equally duty-bound to contribute into programmes aimed at reversing the imbalances of the past.


"We have a CSI programme which on annual basis identify needy schools and learners. And through this initiative we buy them school shoes and other needs of critical importance. We take this opportunity to thank one of our licensees, which is Betting World for having partnered with us in making this year's initiative a success." Mr Montshioa said.