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The leadership of Mandeni Local Municipality and representatives from the Department of Education with the top three students. (Standing from L-R) Municipal Manager, Mr. Sizwe Khuzwayo, Mandeni Circuit Manager, Ms. Nonhlahla Dube, His Worship the Mayor, Cllr. Thabani Mdlalose, Council Speaker, Cllr. Lawrence Magwaza and Gingindlovu Circuit Manager, Buhle Khuzwayo.

Mandeni Local Municipality held a successful Matric Excellence Awards ceremony on 29 January 2020 at Sibusisiwe Hall. This event was aimed at honouring the class of 2019 matriculants and schools who produced quality results. The Top Ten Schools and Students from within Mandeni were awarded for their sterling work.

Among the students who excelled is Sarah Dunn who obtained 8 Distinctions. Two schools produced a 100% pass rate, namely; Madlanga Junior Secondary School and Mandini Academy.

This event was attended by among others, Principals from various schools, representatives from the Department of Education, Councilors, students and parents to mention a few.

Mandeni Local Muncipality Mayor, His Worship Cllr. Thabani Mdlalose delivered a keynote address at this event, the mayor lauded the dedication of both the teachers and students citing it as the key to their success.

“We are grateful to the teachers for such a sterling work, ours is merely to say thank you for grooming our future leaders and we will continue supporting you in any way we can.”

Mdlalose also urged the students to remain disciplined even at institutions of higher learning as this will ensure they continue doing well in their studies.

“The fact that you are here is testimony to the fact that you were disciplined throughout the year. I urge you to maintain the same level of discipline, continue working hard and ensuring you pass in your exams. This is just the beginning, however you all have a head start because you already know how to sacrifice hours of sleep and burry your heads into your books”

Furthermore, the mayor also issued special recognition awards to Mr. Sphiwe Thwala, Mr. Wiseman Dube, Mr. Wiseman Nkwanyana and Mrs. S Ngema, the quartet was awarded for conducting extra classes and winter schools for matriculants in Mandeni.

As part of the day’s proceedings, the top three students received laptops.

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