Johannesburg - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi hailed the "revolutionary" 30km radius which he said would now allow pupils to attend schools in areas which were previously inaccessible due to what Lesufi termed apartheid's repressive spatial planning.
Speaking in Johannesburg on Sunday, Lesufi also used the launch of the online applications for the 2020 academic year for Grade 1 and Grade 8 pupils to slam organisations which delayed the process by a week through legal notices, accusing these groups as being enemies of a non-racial education.
Applications go live on Monday, May 20 and close on July 22 at midnight, Lesufi said.
Lesufi said the department expected roughly 320 000 parents and guardians to apply using the online system -- 180 000 of whom would be for Grade 1 and 140 000 for Grade 8.
The MEC said the expanding of radius used to determine school feeder zones was a directive from the Constitutional Court, where the department had to consult with the school governing body associations, as well as the province's 3200 public schools.