Panyaza Lesufi


Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has announced that as of 28 January 2022, all Grade 1 and Grade 8 learners who applied through the 2022 online admissions system have been successfully placed in schools. 

Between June and August 2020, the Gauteng Department of Education spent more than R431-million on sanitizing schools. The Special Investigating Unit SIU was reported to have been briefed to investigate the legitimacy of procurement process.   

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has been under immense pressure due to recent reports of kidnapped learners in their schools. The department has however shared new developments on some of the abducted learners.  

South Africa is fast becoming one of the most unsafe countries for children as the abduction of learners in school escalates. The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) issued a response related to the recent incident of abduction of a learner in school.

The Basic Education sector has been burdened by a variety of issues due to the Covid-19 pandemic including learning losses, teacher shortages and the poor management of schools. MEC Panyaza Lesufi admits that these are prevalent issues but says that certain measures may have to be taken for solutions.

The mother of a 17-year-old pupil who was reportedly stabbed on Wednesday, 8 September 2021 by a group of learners, has accused the school of having ignored threats that were made by her son’s attackers. 

Shocking revelations have come to light about a 15-year-old Alexandra school pupil who stabbed another learner to death on school grounds on Monday. This has shed a spotlight on safety within schools and what must be done about violence in schools. 

Panyaza Lesufi has expressed his disappointment with the management of Polosho Secondary School after they failed to provide answers regarding an incident in which a learner fatally stabbed his schoolmate on Monday.

A 15-year-old pupil who allegedly stabbed a fellow pupil to death at school in Alexandra, Gauteng has been arrested. It's understood the two grade 8 pupils were fighting when they left the school and came back with a knife.

The hall at Glenvista High School has been set alight with pupils reportedly being the culprits. Learners at the school had to resort to writing their exams outside.

Damage from looting activities in Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng spread as far as schools. Now, Government has been told that these damages amount to a cost of R140 million with no answers being given as to where this money will come from.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the province was ready and prepared when it came to primary school learners to go back to daily classes. This follows a few changes in the registration process for grade 1 as well as grade 8 learners in the province being announced.

The Department of Education in the Gauteng Province has announced the dates for online admissions for Grade 1 and Grade 8 for the 2022 school year on Sunday. Read further for more.

Today is the first day of the third term, even for those schools affected by looting in Gauteng and Kawzulu-Natal. Keep reading to find out how this went and the plans the department has to recover.

The education sector has seen some bumps here and there with it's vaccination rollout but Minister Motshekga has said that there won't be a shortage of doses for the sector. Their goal is to vaccinate 583 000 people by 8 July.

It's the 23rd of June which means that teachers are finally getting what they've been asking for and have started getting their Covid-19 jabs. With ten days marked for the vaccinations, the department hopes to vaccinate near to 600 000 school staff.

Teachers have finally received some response to the many calls for their vaccinations to be priortised. However, no date has been set for when these vaccinations will take place.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited Cornwall Hill College in Centurion on Monday following reports of racism and lack of transformative policies at the school.


A huge amount of learners seemed to have dropped out of school in Gauteng. With schools now in their second month of schooling, there is also over 200 learners who remain unplaced in schools. The Department aims to clear the backlog this week.

Some private schools around South Africa have reopened today, declaring readiness in terms of health and safety protocols for both teachers and students.