By Thys Khiba
Rustenburg – In a historic moment for the North West Department of Education, MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela has received her Covid-19 jab.
This follows the announcement by the Minister of the Department of Basic Education (DBE), Angie Motshekga confirming that the vaccination programme for teachers and support staff members will start on Wednesday, 23 June, and it will continue until Thursday, 8 July 2021.
“The Departments of Health and Basic Education have been working around the clock in the past few weeks, to finalise a plan on the vaccination of our educators and support staff. We have also been working very closely with our stakeholders, who have contributed immensely in ensuring the success of the vaccination programme,” said Motshekga.
Matsemela becomes the first person to be vaccinated in the North West Department of Education Vaccination Roll-out launch at Boitekong Community Health Centre in Rustenburg on Wednesday.
“MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela leading from the front by being the first person to take the vaccine during the Education Vaccination Roll-out Launch at Boitekong Community Health Centre,” said Departmental Spokesperson Elias Malindi.
Matsemela addressed the media after her vaccination: “I want to say to all our teachers this is a very good start, because we know that we need to continue to fight the pandemic,” said Matsemela.
Meanwhile, the head of communication for BDE, Elijah Mhlanga has confirmed that leaders of the 5 teacher unions and basic education sector executives are expected to get their vaccination on Thursday, 24 June 2021.
“The leaders of SADTU, NAPTOSA, NATU, PEU and SAOU joined by the CEOs of NECT, SACE, ETDP SETA, UMALUSI, ELRC will be present at the vaccination event tomorrow,” said Mhlanga.
Mhlanga confirmed that Motshekga will also be present to witness the vaccination of the basic education sector leadership at Atteridgeville Community Hall.