MEC for Education in Limpopo, Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya has dismissed claims that thousands of vacant teaching posts put learners in the province at risk.

The DA in Limpopo have written to MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya to establish why there is such a large number of teaching vacancies in the province. The province reportedly has 4933 vacant teacher posts currently. 

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“These vacant posts deprive our learners of quality education and result in schools being overcrowded, and understaffed,” said the DA

“The failure of Limpopo’s Department of Education to fill vacant teaching posts weakens our entire education system. [It] negatively impacts learner’s opportunities to excel academically and significantly reduces their prospects for tertiary education and employment. Limpopo already has an expanded unemployment rate of 46,7%.”

Limpopo Department of Education dismiss claims of teaching posts crisis
Limpopo Department of Education


But in a statement issued on Wednesday, the department rubbished the claims. 

“We would like to put it categorically clear that: The Minister stated that there are 31,462 teacher vacancies in the country, meaning in all PEDs,” they said. 

“The figures provided in brief were Kwazulu-Natal – 7,044, Eastern Cape – 6,111, Limpopo – 4,933. Western Cape – 4,497 and Gauteng – 3,898 to name a few.

“This information was sourced from PERSAL. The personnel salary management information system of the government, at the time the response of the Minister was crafted.”

“PERSAL recognizes vacancies as posts not occupied and posts NOT PERMANENTLY filled. This means so long as the post is not having a permanent incumbent that post will be classified by the system as vacant. Even if there is a temporary appointment against it,” the department further explained. 

“The temporary appointment is not in the post. But against the post because the temporary post is coded differently from the permanent post.

The most critical part of the Minister’s response, which the DA also conveniently ignored, is recorded as follows. “The filling of vacant posts is ongoing to ensure that there is no class without a teacher for all grades. For post-level one vacancies, schools are allowed to recruit at a local level and immediately as the vacancy occurs and make temporary appointments”. 

Limpopo Education MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya on Monday launched Inclusive Education at Tshilwavhusiku Special School, Vhembe West District. She was accompanied by the Executive Mayor of Vhembe, Freda Nkondo and the Local Mayor of Makhado, Dorcus Mboyi.

This comes after Minister Angie Motshekga proclaimed 2024 as the year of Inclusive Education and Mathematics.

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“The right of every child to access quality education is enshrined in South Africa’s constitution,” said the department.

“The Department of Education has paid specific attention to children with barriers to learning. Including disabilities may be assessed to determine the levels of support needed to maximize opportunities for success in mainstream classrooms.

“Inclusive Education is the need to celebrate diversity among our learners and encourage the creation of welcoming cultures in schools and ensuring participation of all learners so that they are all valued and they are all made to feel they belong,” they said.

“Limpopo has 35 Special Schools and by 2030, the name “Special School” will be a thing of the past. Every learner will get to attend the school of their choice. Up to so far, the Department has managed to train over 500 educators, preparing them for this Inclusion Education.”

MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya officially launches inclusive education
Inclusive Education


“The Inclusive Education System aims to close all the gaps of marginalisation in the provision of education during the pre-1994 era. Learners with barriers to learning were either not supported, given irrelevant support, or referred for admission at Special Schools without outlining their support needs.

“This resulted in some learners dropping out of school, others being admitted in the wrong Special Schools or progressing indiscriminately.”

“Additionally, Inclusive Education intends to support those dedicated teachers. Who work to create inclusive educational environments in which all learners can attain knowledge, skills, attitude and values that will better their lives.”

“I encourage parents and guardians to take their children to special schools as the schools are fit and capacitated to care for the learners,” said MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya.

“I also plead to communities to take time to support and understand learners with disabilities. To show that these learners are not different, for the past five years in the Grade 12 result, learners with special education needs have been performing very well. Tshilwavhusiku is one of the schools that should have special clinical and psychological support.

“All schools should implement Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support (SIAS) policy. Whether public ordinary schools, Full-Service Schools, Special Schools, and Independent Schools. No Learner is left behind, that is what “Every Learner Matters” means”, she said.

MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya, Executive Mayor of Vhembe, Freda Nkondo and Makhado Mayor Dorcus Mboyi handed over 50 dignity packs to the learners. They had the following items inside: Body lotion, Bath soap, washing soap, toothpaste, toothbrush. Roll-on, body spray, sanitary pads, shoe polish, facecloth, carry bags and also school shoes.

Limpopo MEC of Education Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya held a meet and greet with the CEO of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants [SAICA] on Thursday for purposes of future collaborations. The meeting which was attended by Provincial representatives of ABASA and AG Limpopo took place at the Provincial Head Office.

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“The meeting was primarily based on three aspects from the side of SAICA,” the department said in a statement. 

“It also looked at the possibility of increasing the amount of school-based initiatives in Limpopo. To also focus on teacher development as well as the resuscitation of SAICA-sponsored school camps,” they said.  


SAICA has previously collaborated with the South African Maths Foundation to improve mathematics results. However SAICA is equally concerned about the number of learners who are doing accounting as a subject. 

Statistical information at hand indicates that in the country, we only have just 52000 registered chartered accountants. 9500 of them are black. The Class of 2023 that wrote accountancy as a subject in matric in Limpopo is 11387 learners out of the 94000 learners that sat for their matric exam. 

MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya meets SA Chartered Accountants
MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya with the CEO of SAICA

SAICA also committed to look into the possibility of carrying the cost of students from TVET college. Who need 18 months of in-service training to get their diploma and the Education Department should provide space at the schools for students who are pursuing careers in finance and accounting space. 

MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya welcomed the initiative with open arms. She affirmed that 2024 is a year of academic excellence by immediately instructing the Acting Deputy Director General to action on the proposal from SAICA. A virtual meeting will also be organized soon to track progress. 

MEC further indicated that with the SGB Elections, which are to start on the 1st of March to 31st of March 2024, SAICA must consider helping out the new SGB members with financial management training.

Limpopo MEC for Education Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya on Monday outlined the state of readiness for the SGB Elections in the province.

The 2024 School Governing Body (SGB) elections will take place from 01-31 March 2024 throughout the province.

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The SGB members are made up of parents, educators, non-teaching staff and learners [Grade 8 or higher]. Their term of office is one year for learners and three years for all other members.

School principals are automatic [ex-officio] members of the SGB. Parents, guardians, learners and teachers in all public schools have to elect candidates who will ensure that schools run efficiently.


The newly elected SGB will continue the work of promoting school excellence. Ensuring that schools run smoothly and efficiently, therefore making a reality of the pronouncement by MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya that “Accelerating access to quality education – 2024 the year of academic excellence”.

“The major role of SGBs is to focus on the proper governance of schools and effective learning and teaching. When SGBs run schools properly, the results will be improved including learner performance,” said MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya.

Lerule-Ramakhanya also thanked the outgoing SGBs, for their time, support and dedication they gave to the schools for the past three years.

“Parents are encouraged to go to their children’s schools and elect suitable candidates with leadership skills to ensure improved quality education, good governance and accountability in all the schools,” she emphasised.

MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya activates the 2024 School Governing Body, SGB Elections
MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya at the launch of the school-based voter Education Drive  


Meanwhile, Lerule-Ramakhanya together with IEC and Home Affairs also launched a school-based voter Education Drive on Monday. The initiative is aimed at concertizing learners about the importance of democracy by exercising their rights to vote

The target is mainly grade 11 and 12 learners in high-enrolled schools. The drive will run in all the schools in the 10 education districts in the Province to also ensure that no eligible learner is left behind. IEC officials and Life Orientation Educators will visit more than 200 school-identified schools from Monday next week.

Limpopo Education MEC, Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya on Monday morning visited the Taxila Secondary School to monitor the start of Final Matric exams. The province has over 94,000 fulltime candidates registered to sit for Grade 12 examinations this year.

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The school in the Capricorn South Education District is one of the highly enrolled schools with 292 candidates writing this year.


Meanwhile, the Limpopo Provincial Government has also sent a message of support to the Matric Class of 2023.

“On behalf of the Limpopo Provincial Government, I extend my warmest wishes and heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of you as you embark on this important journey of your matric year. This is a significant milestone in your academic journey,” said Premier Stanley Mathabatha.

MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya monitors the start of  Final Matric Exams
Matriculants at Taxila Secondary School

“I want you to know that we are immensely proud of your dedication, hard work, and commitment to your studies. The matric year is a time of challenges, growth, and immense potential, and I have no doubt that you will rise to the occasion and excel in your examinations.

“As you navigate through this crucial time, I encourage you to stay focused, motivated, and resilient. Remember that success is not achieved overnight but through consistent effort, perseverance, and a positive mindset. Believe in your abilities, set goals, and work diligently towards achieving them,” he said in a message on Sunday.


“I also want to remind you that you are not alone in this journey. Your teachers, parents, and the entire Limpopo community are here to support and guide you every step of the way. Reach out to them for assistance, advice, and encouragement whenever you need it. Together, we will ensure that you have the necessary resources and opportunities to thrive academically.

“On behalf of the Limpopo Provincial Government, I wish you all the success, happiness, and fulfilment in your matric year and beyond. May your hard work be rewarded, and may you achieve the results you desire. Remember, you are the future leaders of our province. We have great faith in your abilities to make a positive impact on our society,” he added.

The exams will end on 5 December 2023.

MEC for Education in Limpopo Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya on Friday led a countdown solidarity walk with over 1,200 Matric learners. The walk was held in Giyani, Mopani East Education District.

The Solidarity walk is to mark the 30-day countdown before the start of the 2023 final Matric Exams.

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Mopani East is one of the three districts that performed below 70% in 2022. 27 schools from three circuits have been invited to join and be part of the countdown programme.

The countdown event is also meant to drum up support from Parents, guardians and stakeholders to give Moral support to learners as they prepare for their final Basic Education hurdle.

MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya host the Limpopo host Matric countdown solidarity walk
Limpopo Matric countdown in Giyani


The Solidarity walk started at the Giyani Community Hall at Harvest Time Church. This is where the MEC gave a keynote address.
“Today as we do the countdown, it’s about you as an individual. It has nothing to do with what your friend next to you is talking about,” said Lerule-Ramakhanya.

“It has got nothing to do with the behaviour of the person next to you. The certificate when it comes out will have your name and ID.

“Today is about your saying to all stakeholders that know that the candidates are here and we want your support,” she told the learners.

“The countdown Today is about me and you saying to educators you have ushered us since January and Today we are starting our journey to say our educators thank you. We have been with you but on the last journey we will take it alone.”

As I conclude, I want to take this time and talk to our stakeholders in the hall and parents following us on social media. Our learners will be writing in a few weeks, we need to give them a break from hard domestic chores. Their energy must be directed to school work, catch and revision.

“Please give them time to rest, allow them time to sleep after their long study sessions. I also want you to monitor them to ensure that they are indeed studying. The use of cellphones must be very minimal. Make sure that they use their gadgets for academic purposes,” she concluded. 

Limpopo MEC for Education Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya on Tuesday handed over newly built and refurbished blocks at Manyong Secondary School in Makgakga Village, Mmotong.

The blocks that have been refurbished include the Admin, Library, Computer Center, Tuckshop and Kitchen at a cost of around R26 million.

The Manyong Secondary School currently enrols over 720 pupils and had issues with overcrowded classrooms. It obtained an 80% matric pass rate in 2022. The event on handover ceremony was attended by amongst others Traditional leadership, IDT, government leaders, Teacher Unions and learners.

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Lerule-Ramakhanya argued with the learners and the school principal to maintain the infrastructure and attend to minimal infrastructure maintenance. She also called on the School Governing Body to take the lead in ensuring that the school is maintained.

The MEC wants the Norms and standard funds to be used for the intended purpose and the QLTC structures in the community must play a role and provide much-needed support.

Limpopo MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya hands over a refurbished block at Manyong Secondary School
Manyong Secondary School newly built block in Limpopo


“My excitement is around the laboratories,” said MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya.

“For the longest time, we had learners who were studying science but had never been in a laboratory. But this school has a laboratory. So we have started something that we should be able to sustain. One of the things about this area is that it’s a village and the food that is provided at the school is very critical so I am happy because IDT is working with us in changing the lives of our learners. They are going to have a proper sitting area in the kitchen when they eat,” she said.


A grade 12 learner at the school Precious Mokgohlwa says it is pleasing that the department was able to assist with the refurbishment as it will now come in handy.

“We were almost 70 in one class before. But right now in class, we are between 30-40 so this will come in handy,” she said.

“Before these beautiful buildings there was not much, the buildings and infrastructure, everything was damaged. But we are now blessed with these beautiful buildings. I for one believe that we will produce good results.”

Mokgohlwa has also encouraged other learners to maintain discipline and ensure that they keep the Infrastructure intact.

“Discipline is quite an issue but yes, I believe in my fellow learners. So I believe that if the principal can talk to them they will be able to maintain discipline.”

MEC for education in Limpopo Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya welcomed 40 female learners at the African Girls Can Code Initiative (AGCCI) bootcamp in Polokwane on Saturday.

The Girls’ Coding training 10-day boot camp is an initiative of the Department of Basic Education aimed at ensuring that a girl child is exposed to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Coding, and Innovation. Limpopo is the host for the winter edition and will be joined by 30 female learners from Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and North West.

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The participants will also be exposed to artificial intelligence, 4IR, and 21st Century skills. The camp is taking place at Northern Academy on the R81 next to Mall of the North. It will also equip them with problem-solving skills, critical thinking and digital skills amongst other things.

Limpopo host African Girls Can Code Initiative
Young Girls at the Limpopo host African Girls Can Code Initiative


Lerule-Ramakhanya says we live in a competitive society. Which demands that the education curriculum be competitive to empower young people to be able to compete with the world.

She says it is also critical that the girl child is capacitated to among others be able to create robots. Contrary to having to travel to first-world countries to witness such technologies.

MEC for Education in Limpopo Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya on Thursday handed over a newly refurbished 21-classroom Ngwanalaka High School at Ga-Mothiba in the Capricorn District. The community had raised their concerns about the dilapidated structures and appalling conditions that their children were subjected to.

The site handover was done in February 2022 while construction commenced in March this year.

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Work done at the school include refurbishment of 21 classrooms, renovations of the admin block, Construction of enviro-loo toilets [16 seats] and demolition of 6 pit toilets.

MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya hands over a refurbished Ngwanalaka High School at Ga-Mothiba in Limpopo
MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya flanked by pipuls at Ngwanalaka High School at Ga-Mothiba

There has also been the Upgrading of the fence to steel palisade, Water reticulation, Sewer reticulation, Storm reticulation, Parking and paving as well as Drilling and equipping of a borehole.

“I am proud today Ba-Moshate to officially say that what you requested has been granted,” said MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya.

“It is my humble plea and request to all parents and community members to take care of the beautiful structures. There are many villages that are in the queue for infrastructure.”


“I urge you to jealously guard the school and ensure that it remains intact. Principal, SMT and the School governing body, you know you have a responsibility to attend to minor repairs. Make use of the allocation in your norms and standards budget to keep the infrastructure new.

Dignitaries at Ngwanalaka High School at Ga-Mothiba

MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya has also condemned vandalizing of school properties.

“It is your responsibility to teach our children to take pride and not vandalize the school property. I would be happy to see the school in good condition when I come to visit again in a year or so.”


“It was brought to my attention, and I also confirmed during my walk-about a while ago that you indeed do not have a nutrition center.

“We have made a provision for school nutrition to all our qualifying schools. It cannot be that you continue to store and cook food in make-shift shacks and classrooms.”

The MEC was also joined by Kgoshi Mothiba and other government leaders.

The MEC for Education in Limpopo Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya on Wednesday handed over a brand new school to the Malamulele High School learners. The school comprises 24 classrooms, a computer lab, a Science lab, an admin Block and a Nutrition Centre amongst other structures. The new state-of-the-art school in the Collins Chabane Municipality was completed in November 2022.
In an official ceremony attended by amongst others Executive Mayor Vhembe District, Cllr Dowelani Nenguda and the Mayor of Collins Chabane Local Municipality, Cllr Gezani Maluleke, Lerule-Ramakhanya also handed a sports kit to various schools in the area.

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“We want to appreciate the people of Malamulele for your patience since the inception of this beautiful project,” said Lerule-Ramakhanya.

“We know at some point you felt that the project was taking forever but the delay was to ensure that we give you the best. The government did not want to compromise on quality by just handing over a shoddily built school. I am happy that due diligence was done in this specific project, and I am proud to be here for the long-awaited handover.

A new 24 Classroom school for Malamulele High learners
Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya handed over a new 24 Classroom school in Malamulele


New 24 Classrooms with 12 Tanks for Water Harvesting
Large Administration Block
30 Seats Water-Borne Toilets
2.36km Fencing and Guard House
2x Boreholes and Equipped 1x Borehole with Elevated Tank Stand & 5kl Water Tank
Nutrition Centre
Computer Laboratory
Science and Life Science Laboratories (Combo)
12 x Covered Parking
12 x Uncovered Parking
70kl Water Tanks and 2x Septic Tanks with Associated Mechanical and Electrical Works.

MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya also condemned vandalism across Limpopo schools.

“We have a problem of vandalism of government property including schools. The vandalism is done by our own learners and I think it is about time we apply a consequence approach to habitual offenders,” she said.

“We have learners who will unashamedly break window pales, doors, furniture and toilet seats for fun. We have spent millions on this school and I expect learners to be on their best behaviour. The previous structure that you occupied before stood the test of time, we have thousands of learners who matriculated there and continued to tertiary.”