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Executive Mayor, Cllr Sivuyile Ngodwana, along with his whole team of MMCs yesterday criss-crossed Ekurhuleni doing spot checks to ensure that the 2024 academic year got off to a flying start without any hinderances.

This was part of the Gauteng Provincial Government’s annual Back-to-School program which sees the Premier and MECs spread throughout the province to motivate learners and ensure that the start of the academic year is flawless.

Provincial and local leaders visited various schools including Early Childhood Development centres. In Ekurhuleni alone, six schools and four day care centres were visited. The common message delivered by all the leaders to both learners and educators was strong discipline in education and pursuing excellence.

“You need to fully commit to class attendance and begin working hard as early as now so that you lay a firm foundation for your final examination at the end of the year. You must study daily to ensure that you achieve excellence,” said Mayor Ngodwana during a visit to one of the schools.

Meanwhile, the government also brought along dental and holistic health services for the voluntary screening of learners. This was to encourage the young people to make use of the free health services available in their communities with the belief that a ‘healthy body harbours a healthy mind’.