Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga to give an update on preparations for the re-opening of schools

Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga will give update on the preparations for the re-opening of schools during a media briefing to be held on Tuesday, 19 May 2020.

Members of media are invited to cover the briefing as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Time: 16H00
Venue: The Minister will brief from GCIS, Ronnie Mamoepa Press Room, Tshedimosetso House 1035 Corner Frances Baard and Festival St, Hatfield, Pretoria

Media Participation: Journalists may view the briefing via live streaming on the SA Government Facebook page, Twitter and YouTube channels on the links below.




For interaction, journalists may call and pose their questions using the following number: 067 005 9766 or 064 981 0218.

SABC will provide pool feed as follows:

  • Downlink Frequency 12649.5
  • Symbol Rate: 2.7 M/Sym
  • Hd 10801 25 H.264 4:2:0
  • Rollof factor 5%
  • DVB- S2 8psk
  • Audio Channel 1 256kbs

Enquiries: Elijah Mhlanga, Departmental Spokesperson
Cell: 083 580 8275

Hope Mokgatle, Ministerial Media Liaison Officer
Cell: 079 817 0427


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Prospective Applicants will need to provide the following compulsory information for processing of their applications:

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  • Banking details - Bank Name and Account Number;
  • Contact details - Cell phone number;
  • Proof of Residential Address;


The manner in which qualifying citizens can apply for this grant will be as follows:

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