The Executive Mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni, Alderman Tania Campbell, and the multiparty coalition, on 12 January 2022 reaffirmed their commitment to creating a safe and supportive environment for all learners in Ekurhuleni. Mayor Campbell made these comments during the Provisional Government Back-to-School campaign in Kwa-Thema on Wednesday.
Mayor Campbell and the MMC for Shared and Corporate Services, Cllr Ruhan Robinson, accompanied the Gauteng Provincial MEC for Finance and e-Government, Hon Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko in assessing the reopening of the Kenneth Maselela High School, Lefa Ifa Secondary School and the Kwa-Thema Stimulus Centre.
During the visits, Executive Mayor Campbell had the opportunity to engage with principals, teachers, student government bodies, non-profit organisations and parents. In addition, the engagement served as a platform for residents to air their concerns about various social and service delivery challenges in the surrounding areas.
"I am a mother before I am a Mayor, and the well-being of learners in the City is top of my priority list. It is deeply concerning to hear that underage drinking, drugs and gender-based violence are prevalent amongst schoolgoers today. These social ills manifest as widespread teenage pregnancies and unacceptable school dropout figures.
"As a multiparty coalition, we are committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for learners. We have noted the multiple concerns raised by residents during our visits and, our coalition partners and I have committed to taking action towards resolving these challenges expeditiously," said Mayor Campbell.
The MMC for Health and Social Development, Cllr Letta Zitha, and MMC for Human Settlements Ald Alco Ngobese also attended the Back-to-School campaign in Duduza and Tsakane, respectively.
Issued by the Office of the Executive Mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni
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