Pretoria - Gauteng MEC for Education and Youth Development Panyaza Lesufi on Tuesday spent time at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) interacting with learners and teachers participating in the Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP) holiday classes.
Lesufi charged the learners across the province to pull up their socks and maintain the high pass rate in Gauteng. The MEC appealed to each matric student to avoid being "a Mabena" in the top performing province in South Africa.
The "Mabena" video clips have been doing rounds on social media in South Africa. The hilarious videos show a tall South African National Defence Force recruit struggling during a training session. The recruit, addressed in the video as Mabena, struggles dismally with basic military training routines, always coming last.
"I'm not here to produce somebody who will be a Mabena in Gauteng. I'm here to produce the brightest sparks of our time. That is why our investment of more than R240 million for you to be here...we want it to be an investment that all of us can be proud of. Every top three learners in Gauteng, from each and every school, as this government [department] that I am proud to lead, we give those students a four year bursary to study at an institution of their choice," said Lesufi to applause.
"I can't pay that amount of money for somebody who wants to be Jub Jub or "Uyajola 9/9". I don't have that time. Just imagine I've paid all this money and your only task you'll do is to ask somebody that if "uyajola na?" I want you to be creative, innovative, I want you to carry the economy of this province."