The Coega Development Corporation (Coega), proudly supported the Eastern Cape Department of Education in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, with the official launch of Ngubengcuka Senior Secondary School in Komani (Queenstown), and Attwell Madala Senior Secondary, in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape.
The launch of the schools is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development (SDG) Goal 4, which is about “ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
The MEC for the Eastern Cape Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, Ntombovuyo Nkopane, and the MEC for the Eastern Cape Department of Education, Fundile David Gade, carried out the successful handover of the schools, with Coega leading the opening ceremonies.
Based on 23 years of experience in infrastructure development, Coega’s primary objective in capacitating the province in infrastructure delivery revolves around leveraging its unique advantages to drive sustainable development and economic growth.
Consequently, Coega assists in ensuring that the Department of Education remains steadfast in its core mission. By offering a platform that facilitates skill development, job creation, and industrial progress, Coega contributes to a strengthened educational ecosystem. This symbiotic partnership empowers the Department of Education to concentrate its efforts on enhancing educational quality and access, while Coega continues to champion economic empowerment through infrastructural excellence as a Trusted Implementing Agent of Choice.
Thembeka Poswa, Coega Programme Director for the Department of Education/ Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, expressed deep appreciation for being trusted to lead the launch, “This milestone not only signifies our commitment to education and community development but also exemplifies the strength of partnerships in achieving transformative results.”
Coega reaffirms its unwavering dedication to driving educational excellence through the enhancement of school infrastructure. As a catalyst for positive change, Coega recognises that well-constructed and modern facilities play a crucial role in raising education standards and nurturing the potential of future generations. As a result, the successful launch of these schools is a testament to the collective dedication to advancing education and fostering growth within the Eastern Cape region and beyond.
The launch of new schools holds immense significance, not only in terms of providing access to quality education but also in adding value to communities. Coega’s dedication to this cause is evident in its collaboration with stakeholders to create conducive learning environments that inspire growth and development, in line with the South African National Development Plan (Vision 2030).
In the Eastern Cape, where educational opportunities are crucial for the region’s progress, the development of schools is a critical component. Coega stands resolute in its belief that enhancing infrastructure in schools is a fundamental step towards raising education standards and shaping a brighter future, and the organisation understands that conducive educational facilities are integral to creating an environment that nurtures learning and empowers students.
The official opening of Ngubengcuka and Attwell Madala Senior Secondary Schools signifies not only new infrastructure (buildings), but a new chapter for learners, parents, and communities. Coega’s involvement underscores the organisation’s unwavering determination to contribute meaningfully to educational advancement and community development in line with its vision of being a leading catalyst for the championing of socio-economic development.