Learners in the remote rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal will for the first time have access to state of the art science equipment, when Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor hands over a mobile computer laboratory to Sigidisabathembu Primary School in the iLenge-Majuqule village.

Mathematics and science education continues to be a challenge in the country, with learners in rural areas particularly disadvantaged. The school is situated in Uthukela District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, a remote area struggling with poverty.

Learners in the village will benefit from the Department of Science and Technology’s initiative aimed at improving access to science and technology in the country’s remote areas. The facility will also see teachers in the district receiving training in teaching computer-based curricula.

On Saturday, 6 May Minister Pandor will hand over the mobile computer lab, during an event which will also see the display of interactive exhibits during an exciting science exhibition.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Willies Mchunu, KZN MEC for Education, Mthandeni Dlungwana, Mayor of UThukela District Municipality, Cllr Alfred Mazibuko and Mayor of Alfred Duma Local Municipality, Cllr. Vincent Madlala are also expected to support Minister Pandor.

Media are invited as follows:
Date: Saturday, 06 May 2017

Time: 09h00

Venue: Isigidisabathembu Primary School, iLenge-Majuqule, Ladysmith in UThukela District Municipality

NB: Transport from Durban will be organised for journalists who wish to attend.

For media confirmation, please contact David Mandaha at 072 126 8910

Issued by the Department of Science and Technology

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