The Alfred Duma Local Municipality, led by Mayor Cllr Zama Sibisi and Council, has extended a message of encouragement and well wishes to all students who are about to embark on their 2023 final exams.
The matric class of 2023 will begin writing the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams on Monday, 30 October, while many students at tertiary institutions have already begun their examination period.
In a statement, the Mayor said that as the Municipality, they recognize the tremendous dedication, hard work, and determination that the students have put in their studies.
“Your commitment to education is commendable and it fills us with immense pride to see young individuals like yourselves preparing to take the next step in the journey,” Sibisi told students.
He highlighted that his message goes out not only to the matriculants of Alfred Duma Local Municipality, but also to those in tertiary institutions across South Africa.
“We want you all to know that we stand alongside with you as you prepare for your end-of-year exams and face the culmination of your academic endeavors,” the Mayor added.
In total, there are more than 920 000 candidates who are scheduled to write their matric exams this year, according to quality assurance body Umalusi.
At a media briefing held last week, Umalusi CEO Dr Mafu Rakometsi said he was satisfied with the preparedness of the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Department of Higher Education (DHET).
He assured the public and stakeholders that measures have been put in place to mitigate the impact of loadshedding during the exams and said Umalusi was satisfied with arrangements the department had made to procure generators and engage with Eskom.
Meanwhile, the Mayor also took the opportunity to remind students about the importance of taking good care of themselves, both physically and mentally, as they enter this final stretch of the academic year.
“Prioritize your well-being by scheduling breaks and getting enough rest. Stay motivated, surround yourselves with positive influences and seek support from your friends, family, and teachers. You have worked incredibly hard, and now is the time to trust in your abilities and shine.
“You are the future leaders of our nation and your success in these crucial exams will pave the way for your bright future. Your accomplishments will not only be a testament to your hard work but will also serve as an inspiration to others who will follow in your footsteps,” the Mayor concluded.