Department Addresses Non-Payment of School Assistant Stipends


Following multiple reports of the Department missing out on payments to General and Education Assistants, the Department of Basic Education has now responded. The hiring of school assistants forms part of the Basic Education Employment Initiative.


General and Education Assistants who form part of the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI) and have not received payment are finally receiving word on their missing stipend payments.

This comes after multiple reports surfaced saying that thousands of assistants have still not been paid the money due to them. 

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) released a statement which reads:

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is aware of the non-payment of some general as well as Education assistants employed as part of the Basic Education Employment Initiative or beei.

DBE held a meeting, which they labelled as urgent, with the Chief Financial Officers of the nine Education Departments in South Africaon Tuesday and will now be taking urgent steps to help provinces with the delays seen in payment processes.

Assistants who have not received their stipends are urged to notify the department through the provincial coordinators of the Basic Education Employment Initiative.

The contact numbers are as follows:

Eastern Cape

073 923 6960 (Ms Lukhanyo Sidiya)

Free State

064 654 9608 (Mr Fikile Hugo)


083 460 1310 (Ms Lydia Phehla)


082 802 1275 (Mr Bafana Zwane)


082 803 2163 (Mr Matthew Mhlongo)


071 124 9345 (Ms Leoma Delport)

Northern Cape 

071 524 3562 (Mr Mzwanduke Mothelesi)

North West

082 309 6904 (Mr Simon Montjane)

Western Cape

082 884 3990 (Ms Erna Veldman)

The initiative aimed to create temporary employment opportunities for 300 000 youth between the ages of 18 and 35 years old. Of these, 200 000 are education assistants and 100 000 are general school assistants.




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