Panyaza Lesufi

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Panyaza Lesufi said : “Because of the numbers of learners, you can’t accommodate them in one school at the same time. This simply means that there will be learners who will be rotating daily. Generally, everything is going well, and the personal protective equipment is there and we are processing the issues of teachers who applied to work from home and those exiting the system,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, August 24, 2020 5:42:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Most schools have continued to operate and have been Covid-19 compliant even though there are still instances of closure and re-opening of schools due to decontamination. As of August 11, 1,995 public ordinary schools offering grades 12 and seven were open. During the same period, 72 of the 84 public schools for learners with special needs were open," External link

BBCMonitoring Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The schools will then re-open on 25 January next year for teachers, then later for pupils. Grade 12 marking will conclude on 22 January and the results will be released on 23 February," External link

BBCMonitoring Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi explained : “This is why the introduction of ICTs (information and communications technology) is so important. We want to bridge the gap between the poor and the rich schools, make it so that one teacher is able and willing to teach at a rich school and a poor school,” External link

citizen Thursday, August 13, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are pleading for patience here … Within six weeks we will be in a position to share with you that information,” “But if you want us to share … now, it is going to be practically impossible … It’s a process that will need to be sorted out and concluded. And we need experts. We need people who have the legislative mandate and the power to investigate these accounts” External link

mg Thursday, August 6, 2020 10:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Hence, the ANC bestowed him with its highest honour, Isitwalandwe/ Seaparankoe for his unbroken service, for his dedication, commitment and unflinching loyalty to the cause - a just, free, peaceful and prosperous future,” External link

iol Friday, July 31, 2020 3:21:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Some will be scared to declare that Cde Baba Mlangeni was a communist. We know why will they be scared to declare that Baba Mlangeni was a true communist. It’s because they don’t make communists like this anymore. He worked with Mao Tse Tung, Joe Slovo and many other communists,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 29, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It would be disingenuous not to state the fact that the freedom you fought for may lose its character if we can’t act,” “The struggle you waged may tend to be something if we don’t self-correct. The sacrifices that you made, if nothing drastic is done, may be fruitless” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, July 29, 2020 2:14:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is unfortunate that Covid-19 is now becoming a new apartheid in terms of access, exclusivity and equality,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 22, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "It is unfortunate that Covid-19 is now becoming a new apartheid in terms of access, exclusivity and equality," External link

news24 Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:38:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Indeed, no words are enough to express the sorrow of losing a loved one. We hope that the families will find comfort in the knowledge that we too share their loss,” External link

citizen Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:24:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi explained : "The majority of learners preferred to learn at home," External link

sanews Monday, July 20, 2020 5:42:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have now consolidated the attendance register of all these particular grades. For Grade R, that’s where we have got the lowest form of attendance. Only 23% of learners came back. Majority of learners preferred to learn at home,” External link

citizen Friday, July 17, 2020 11:38:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Of the 2,131 schools in the province, 1,977 schools were risk-free, which simply means that of the 2,131 schools, 1,977 schools never had a COVID-19 incident,” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, July 17, 2020 11:09:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "We have now consolidated the attendance register of all these particular grades. For Grade R, that's where we have got the lowest form of attendance. Only 23% of learners came back. Majority of learners preferred to learn at home," External link

news24 Friday, July 17, 2020 7:33:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Grade R had the lowest attendance‚” External link

businessday Friday, July 17, 2020 7:00:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “If the environment at home is not organised then we have a situation,” External link

citizen Friday, July 17, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “But generally… it is quite clear our schooling environment is quite safe,” External link

citizen Friday, July 17, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The escalation in the number of reported Covid-19-positive cases among pupils and teachers is the single biggest factor affecting school openings or closures from one day to the next. Importantly, these include lead teachers in the upper grades, as well as school principals in some cases," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, July 13, 2020 1:44:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The escalation in the number of reported Covid-19-positive cases among pupils and teachers is the single biggest factor affecting school openings or closures from one day to the next. Importantly, these include lead teachers in the upper grades, as well as school principals in some cases,” External link

thezimbabwemail Monday, July 13, 2020 12:07:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The escalation in the number of reported Covid-19-positive cases among pupils and teachers is the single biggest factor affecting school openings or closures from one day to the next. Importantly, these include lead teachers in the upper grades, as well as school principals in some cases," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, July 12, 2020 6:50:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Indeed this is devastating and difficult to comprehend in this difficult period. We would like to convey our sincere condolences to the family and the school community. We want to assure the family that, they are in our prayers, during this time of grief. We will facilitate a memorial service to celebrate her life, in the near future,” External link

iol Saturday, July 4, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Indeed this is devastating and difficult to comprehend in this difficult period. We would like to convey our sincere condolences to the family and the school community. We want to assure the family that, they are in our prayers, during this time of grief. We will facilitate a memorial service to celebrate her life, in the near future," External link

news24 Friday, July 3, 2020 9:31:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Now what have they been doing before? They have been following me, and they have been following my family. They have been following my children, and they have been trying to attack me, and they have been trying to assassinate me. They have been trying to go through all of my bank accounts” External link

citizen Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Now what have they been doing before? They have been following me, and they have been following my family. They have been following my children, and they have been trying to attack me, and they have been trying to assassinate me. They have been trying to go through all of my bank accounts" External link

news24 Saturday, June 27, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Automating services and moving away from human intervention has freed up manpower from other activities and enables better utilisation of human resources,” External link

sanews Tuesday, June 23, 2020 6:18:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Automating services and moving away from human intervention has freed up manpower from other activities and enables better utilisation of human resources,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, June 23, 2020 4:13:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “When they checked the temp, they said the learner should go to an isolation room. Because the clinic is nearby, they rushed the learner to the clinic,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 14, 2020 7:44:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Gauteng Department ) : “We are indeed in pain, we are in a difficult situation. We share the grief of the family and, on behalf of the Gauteng government, we want to extend our sincere condolences to the family, the school community and the Kokosi community as a whole,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 14, 2020 7:44:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "We are indeed in pain, we are in a difficult situation. We share the grief of the family and, on behalf of the Gauteng government, we want to extend our sincere condolences to the family, the school community and the Kokosi community as a whole," External link

news24 Sunday, June 14, 2020 6:42:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We pray for their strength during this time of grief. Indeed, the school will conduct memorial services to remember and celebrate their lives, in due course,” External link

citizen Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:44:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “A number of teachers who have not attended claim to have comorbidities but they have not applied to work from home. A number of teachers submitted medical reports without application or filling in a sick leave forms,” External link

sanews Tuesday, June 9, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “A number of teachers who have not attended claim to have comorbidities but they have not applied to work from home. A number of teachers submitted medical reports without application or filling in a sick leave forms,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, June 9, 2020 11:49:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We want to determine whether there has been a surge in infections since schools reopened. Overall, we are happy that everything went well. Learners are happy,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, June 9, 2020 1:57:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Orange Farm ) : “We received reports early hours of this morning [Monday], a school in Orange Farm where criminals broke in with an intention of stealing PPEs meant for learners. The community alerted the police and the police arrested these criminals immediately and all the PPEs that were stolen were recovered,” External link

citizen Tuesday, June 9, 2020 12:06:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have allowed our legal team to continue to engage with the legal firm representing the family so that we use previous court cases that have ruled on matters such as this in nature as a barometer to determine an appropriate amount,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, June 8, 2020 10:23:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Though we had successfully recruited Covid brigades, many of them are in the process of being deployed to schools. It's important to clarify that the brigades are an additional resource to the school but that other personnel have been assigned to deal with screening and other issues. " External link

news24 Monday, June 8, 2020 9:37:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Orange Farm ) : "We received reports early hours of this morning [Monday], a school in Orange Farm where criminals broke in with an intention of stealing PPEs meant for learners. The community alerted the police and the police arrested these criminals immediately and all the PPEs that were stolen were recovered," External link

news24 Monday, June 8, 2020 9:37:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have indicated that we have no appetite to oppose this matter. We have allowed our legal team to continue to engage with the legal firm representing the family, so that we use previous court cases that have ruled on matters such as this in nature as a barometer to determine an appropriate amount,” External link

citizen Monday, June 8, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : “I told him, I still invite him to choose that school. We will go there as there is nothing to hide. If there are problems we will fix it,” External link

citizen Monday, June 8, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Gauteng Department ) : “We have gone through the attendance registers of all our children across the province in terms of grades 7 and 12. The attendance for today was at 85% - so 15% of parents in Gauteng decided not to bring their children back to school,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, June 8, 2020 8:01:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : "I told him, I still invite him to choose that school. We will go there as there is nothing to hide. If there are problems we will fix it," External link

news24 Monday, June 8, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : "I told him, I still invite him to choose that school. We will go there as there is nothing to hide. If there are problems we will fix it," External link

news24 Monday, June 8, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Even if we can put water tanks in those schools, we can't risk the lives of pupils," External link

news24 Friday, June 5, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi concluded : “We are fine-tuning the safety protocols in those schools so that learners who need assistance are left unattended because the educators were told not to touch them,” External link

citizen Friday, June 5, 2020 4:24:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The misbehaviour and the attitude of the Western Cape government to think that they're a federal state or they're a government on their own and they can defy national government and open schools when we are told not to open schools must be rejected," External link

allafrica Wednesday, June 3, 2020 4:13:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “How do people sleep after committing such a barbaric and cruel act? We feel the family’s pain” External link

iol Monday, June 1, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “In the absence of these issues, we believe that our schools that are ready, they are at different levels but on the first day they will open and we will provide support and guidance,” External link

citizen Friday, May 29, 2020 10:42:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “From where I am, I believe we are almost there, but we are not 100% there,” “There will be areas that will [return] later on, [after] 1 June, depending on the circumstances, but generally where there are no problems, we expect everyone to come back,” External link

citizen Friday, May 29, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “From all these meetings, we will have a better understanding of whether we are ready for Monday, but I remain hopeful. We need to be cautious – it’s safety first, and we need to protect our children and our staff members,” External link

citizen Friday, May 29, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We believe we must never have a generation of failures, a generation that has never gone to school. That would be an indictment to the future of our country,” “So, let’s find a balance between preserving lives and ensuring that learners get their education,” External link

citizen Thursday, May 28, 2020 8:23:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Even if you can do things online, the guidance of a teacher becomes paramount,” External link

citizen Thursday, May 28, 2020 8:23:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "We are using a just in time method, which means we deliver immediately, so that it (PPEs) can be consumed. We don't deliver to store because, when we deliver to store, then we are inviting [robbers] breaking in," External link

allafrica Thursday, May 28, 2020 5:53:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "We went to the school nutrition centre because that's an area where we are very worried, because that's where the movement will take place. So, we want to be sure of social distancing [ and] availability of water so that people can clean and wash areas because there are strict protocols on when to prepare the food and ensure the facility is clean," External link

allafrica Thursday, May 28, 2020 5:22:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “But with the country going to Level 3 on Monday, and with the likelihood that alcohol will be sold, we really believe that it might minimise the attacks,” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are using a just in time method, which means we deliver immediately, so that it (PPEs) can be consumed. We don’t deliver to store because, when we deliver to store, then we are inviting [robbers] breaking in,” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “I really believe the majority of the parents will bring the children because we don’t know when this pandemic we end. If we knew it would end in September, for example, then we would sacrifice and say we will wait until September. It may go beyond 2021 or even 2022,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, May 27, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “But with the country going to Level 3 on Monday, and with the likelihood that alcohol will be sold, we really believe that it might minimise the attacks,” External link

citizen Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are using a just in time method, which means we deliver immediately, so that it (PPEs) can be consumed. We don’t deliver to store because, when we deliver to store, then we are inviting [robbers] breaking in,” External link

citizen Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We went to the school nutrition centre because that’s an area where we are very worried, because that’s where the movement will take place. So, we want to be sure of social distancing [ and] availability of water so that people can clean and wash areas because there are strict protocols on when to prepare the food and ensure the facility is clean,” External link

citizen Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:57:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The areas that are hard hit are Tshwane South and West. Those are the areas hard hit. For example, in Tshwane West we were at 61%. Of the 103 schools that were supposed to receive PPEs, 65 didn’t receive, but we are at 61%. That’s the lowest. Those two Tshwane areas, that’s where we have a problem,” External link

citizen Monday, May 25, 2020 4:41:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Other areas, depending on our delivery schedules, they might come today, others may come tomorrow, and other areas Wednesday. By Friday, all our teachers must be back,” External link

citizen Monday, May 25, 2020 4:41:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Besides, we don’t know how long COVID-19 will be with us,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 25, 2020 3:46:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are guided by the sector. For example, their PPEs are different because in some instance, touching can’t be eliminated completely but we have procured their PPEs,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 25, 2020 3:46:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Department is committed to ensure the principle of safety first is adhered to in all our facilities including schools” External link

citizen Monday, May 25, 2020 12:52:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Social distancing will be adhered to, each class will have four brigades’ recruitment youth to assist and ensure the social distancing. The brigades will also assist in our scholar transport,” External link

sanews Friday, May 22, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The PPEs must arrive first before the next thing can happen. So, no PPEs, no opening of schools,” “We don’t want to risk [children’s health and safety] as we said, it’s safety first,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “The accusations that are circulating are hopelessly misinformed and devoid of truth,” External link

citizen Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We don’t want to steal the thunder from any NPO, but if we work together and channel our energies together it will assist to eliminate duplication,” External link

citizen Friday, May 8, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to convey our sincere condolences to both families and the school community. We pray for their strength during this time of affliction” External link

iol Wednesday, May 6, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have been forced to shut down the call centre because the numbers were too much. People were calling from all over the country, but our focus is Gauteng only,” External link

the-star Tuesday, May 5, 2020 9:23:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Once the screening is done, we alert the food bank to send the parcel to the affected person. We have five food banks; we have been distributing food parcels long before the lockdown,” External link

the-star Tuesday, May 5, 2020 9:23:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The numbers are huge, and we don’t have capacity to distribute, but also we don’t even have enough food parcels,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, April 29, 2020 9:38:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “If you have to release them back onto the streets, I think we would have failed as the government and so we are trying to put proper systems in place to protect them, but most importantly re-skill them,” External link

citizen Friday, April 24, 2020 9:54:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We don’t want to remove [organisations] from distributing and we are saying, let’s do it together and it will assist us,” External link

citizen Thursday, April 23, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people,” External link

reuters-af Friday, April 17, 2020 8:18:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people,” External link

iol Friday, April 17, 2020 6:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Indeed, the coarse behaviour of these criminals is annoying and they must be apprehended, and face the law,” External link

iol Friday, April 17, 2020 3:36:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people,” External link

iol Friday, April 17, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor...(and) homeless people,” External link

gulf-times Friday, April 17, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people,” External link

the-star Friday, April 17, 2020 12:31:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people,” External link

iol Thursday, April 16, 2020 10:48:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “In addition, we are providing food to more than 3 000 homeless people daily in various temporary shelters,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, April 16, 2020 9:17:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people,” External link

angop Thursday, April 16, 2020 7:59:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor... (and) homeless people,” External link

EastAfrican Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people," External link

trust Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people,” External link

standardmedia Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people," External link

economictimes Thursday, April 16, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people," External link

wsau Thursday, April 16, 2020 2:05:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people," External link

news-yahoo Thursday, April 16, 2020 1:45:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people," External link

reuters-en Thursday, April 16, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Today alone, we are receiving stock worth over R2.5 million. We are serving 2,000 families per day in Gauteng. Our target is to push that to 5,000 per day. With the stock that just arrived, we really believe we can push the numbers,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 15, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Those people have alternatives of applying for loans and requesting for holiday period payments. But the poorest of the poor don’t have that option. Those are the ones we believe we need to bring closer, identify and provide with support,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 15, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It seems that these criminals are not bothered and they don’t have a sense of the damage they are causing to the future of our children and our country because, without education, we are doomed, the future is bleak. Indeed the coarse behaviour of these criminals is annoying and they must be apprehended and face the law,” External link

citizen Sunday, April 12, 2020 6:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “This is to reiterate our plea for protection of our schools, and the community is encouraged to always report criminal activities in their areas to the law enforcement agencies for a swift response,” External link

citizen Sunday, April 12, 2020 6:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to thank our communities, especially those who played a significant role in protecting our schools by alerting the police about criminals who were caught in the act of vandalism and stealing our equipment at different schools,” External link

citizen Friday, April 10, 2020 2:00:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We really don’t know what is happening in Soshanguve. We are dismayed to report that yet another school has been destroyed by fire, worse within a few days in the same area,” “This is worrisome; it looks like the same modus operandi was used we are tempted to believe that there is a syndicate operating in the area and the sooner these cowards are arrested the better” External link

the-star Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:41:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Those two people that have been arrested, we really believe that they will sing” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, April 9, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "We really don't know what is happening in Soshanguve. This is to register our plea with the security cluster to protect our schools," External link

allafrica Thursday, April 9, 2020 6:10:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is a difficult and emotional time for the family and our role is to offer support. We’ll use our might as the state to dig deeper in this matter and offer the family answers,” External link

the-star Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10:28:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We will provide burial support together with our social partners, and because we are still on lockdown, we have agreed with the family that we will have a memorial service immediately after lockdown as a farewell to Simphiwe and give her peers a chance to bid her farewell,” External link

the-star Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10:28:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is a difficult and emotional time for the family and our role is to offer support. We’ll use our might as the state to dig deeper in this matter and offer the family answers,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 8, 2020 8:53:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We will provide burial support together with our social partners, and because we are still on lockdown, we have agreed with the family that we will have a memorial service immediately after lockdown as a farewell to Simphiwe and give her peers a chance to bid her farewell,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 8, 2020 8:53:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We really don’t know what is happening in Soshanguve. This is to register our plea with the security cluster to protect our schools,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This is appalling and unbelievable, that we are actually on day 12 of the Lockdown, one ponders on how will the picture look like after this period. The members of the community are encouraged to continue report to the police. Indeed we cannot allow this barbarism to continue (to) rob our children their future,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:05:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “How do people sleep after committing such a barbaric and cruel act? We feel the family’s pain” External link

the-star Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:18:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We will use our might as the state to speak to law enforcement to dig deeper into this matter. We cannot have a person murdered like this and it is business as usual. We really believe that we need to hunt the killers,” External link

citizen Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to send our sincere condolences to the family and the school community. We are shattered and really feel their pain during this time of grief” External link

citizen Sunday, April 5, 2020 3:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Members of the community who reported the incidents should be congratulated and the police should be thanked for their speedy response,” External link

citizen Saturday, April 4, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “The state is trying to procure major facilities, to get major sites that will allow us to re-allocate people in case we get a need. Now that we are in mass testing, we think this will give us an indication. These tests will assist the province,” External link

citizen Thursday, April 2, 2020 9:46:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “Even though the incident happened outside our premises, we feel obligated as the government to contribute something to the funeral arrangements,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Post offices have secured 5,000 litres of hand sanitiser for the elderly, and 30,000 pairs of hand gloves and 300 masks to be used by staff. About 1,757 beneficiaries will receive their money from nine community halls in the province,” External link

citizen Sunday, March 29, 2020 10:38:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “They really feel neglected, unattended and that their rights are violated. They say, ‘These are our homes, don’t force us if you want us to go to those facilities, just notify us, allow us to apply our minds and if we want to come, we’ll come,’” External link

dailymaverick Friday, March 27, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “When we come back, we want to run without a break because there have already been breaks,” External link

businessday Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:20:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “When we come back, we want to run without a break because there have already been breaks,” External link

businessday Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have also established a system where there is a teacher at every school, so learners can have someone to talk to,” External link

sanews Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have also established a system where there is a teacher at every school, so learners can have someone to talk to,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, March 12, 2020 4:54:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to send our sincere condolences to the family and the school community. Indeed, we are lost for words to comfort them. We feel their pain during this time of grief,” External link

citizen Friday, March 6, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Furthermore, we strongly condemn senseless acts of violence which threaten the safety of our learners in and around our schooling environment, robbing them of their future,” External link

citizen Friday, March 6, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to send our sincere condolences to the family and the school community. Indeed, we are lost for words to comfort them, we feel their pain during this time of grief” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, March 6, 2020 4:04:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Today [Wednesday] I received a request from this school to authorise a trip to go to [the Czech Republic]. I just set aside the report and said maybe let me go through this pain first [and] I’ll come back and decide whether we need to authorise,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 5, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Can you really say we have learnt out of this? I am in a state of shock that we still believe nothing has happened and that we want to go to countries and we don’t make analyses,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 5, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “But, most importantly, we are weighing all our legal options on the current and previous cases. We also feel there are other state institutions that must come on board to assist us to enforce this matter,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 5, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “I need to respect the views of the parents who said the media must go and I need to apologise to them because they are the fourth estate and they are protected by the constitution of this country,” External link

the-star Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:18:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It’s quite a painful process, but we have to soldier on,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:50:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We don’t want Enock to be another statistic,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:50:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Until that case is finalised by the police and presented to us, we can’t pre-empt if the police will charge people with culpable homicide,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:50:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “If they object, we will respect their decision. Remember, it’s their child and whatever they want to do it will be influenced by their wishes,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, March 4, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This is to appeal to all stakeholders to allow the scholar transport to run smoothly. It is important to emphasise that acts of violence will not yield any positive results, hence, it will only lead to unnecessary injuries, trauma and fatalities, which is unfortunate,” External link

citizen Monday, March 2, 2020 11:41:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This is to appeal to all stakeholders to allow the scholar transport to run smoothly. It is important to emphasise that acts of violence will not yield any positive results, it will only lead to unnecessary injuries, trauma and fatalities, which is unfortunate,” External link

iol Monday, March 2, 2020 6:36:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is really concerning that our learners are targeted at our schools, we really appeal to community members who might assist with necessary information to share same with the police so that these perpetrators are taken to task,” External link

iol Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “As a department, we condemn this kind of behaviour. We have assigned a team of social workers to go to the family and determine how best we can assist,” External link

citizen Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:23:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Indeed, after a consultation with the Mpianzi family, we find it to be insensitive to release the report without their blessings. Subsequent to our meeting today, we all agreed that the next session will be held on 27 February 2020,” External link

citizen Friday, February 21, 2020 5:30:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Indeed, after a consultation with the Mpianzi family, we find it to be insensitive to release the report without their blessings. Subsequent to our meeting today, we all agreed that the next session will be held on 27 February 2020,” External link

citizen Thursday, February 20, 2020 6:59:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “A miracle is needed in this case because I see no other way to bring stability and order to these schools,” External link

citizen Thursday, February 20, 2020 3:48:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “That does not mean we have exhausted all processes that need to be undertaken. That is why I also bring the traditional element. My inbox is inundated with people coming with ideas. It’s an integrated approach we will utilise,” External link

citizen Wednesday, February 19, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The independent report will tell us who will be liable. I am reluctant to point fingers at people. What we need to do is wait for reports from all institutions. In the absence of evidence I don’t want to make accusations,” External link

sanews Monday, February 17, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Subsequently we will release the report in the next few days. Indeed we are proud of the legal team,” External link

citizen Sunday, February 16, 2020 3:18:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Furthermore, we relentlessly appeal to parents to assist in enforcing discipline in and outside the school environment,” External link

citizen Thursday, February 13, 2020 7:53:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “But they were unique and unfortunately when they arrived at the scene, the pupil had fallen to the ground. They called paramedics and the family and the pupil were taken to hospital, where he unfortunately left us,” External link

citizen Wednesday, February 12, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : “However, we are hopeful that working with parents, we will overcome these challenges,” External link

citizen Tuesday, February 11, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “She subsequently jumped from the moving taxi in Germiston and unfortunately died on the scene,” External link

citizen Tuesday, February 11, 2020 12:00:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The car that was involved was a cloned car, the number plate does not match the plates of the car. It is also a car that belongs to somebody who was not nearby,” External link

citizen Saturday, February 8, 2020 1:45:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have no option but to call upon all spiritual denominations to come together and lead us in prayer, indeed we plead for divine intervention,” External link

iol Saturday, February 8, 2020 1:09:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is encouraging that the perpetrator, a 15-year-old pupil, is temporarily suspended until the necessary disciplinary process is undertaken on Monday, February 10,” External link

citizen Sunday, February 2, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : “It has been a roller-coaster month for us as the department. We are devastated. We just felt, let’s come and bow our heads in front of the family and strengthen them, as well as show our support,” External link

citizen Thursday, January 30, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “There are no reasons why we should shut down this school. Yes, there are mistakes, limitations and challenges, but we will deal with those challenges like we have dealt with them before,” External link

citizen Tuesday, January 28, 2020 10:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “A parent comes and says they have a missing child and you just say ‘go to the police station’ and don’t assist the parent [or] make a follow-up [enquiry] on Friday when the learner is still not there,” External link

citizen Monday, January 27, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is alleged that the scholar transport started a tendency of departing earlier than scheduled as a result leaving many learners behind, which is a serious concern for us. We will investigate circumstances surrounding this allegation,” External link

dailytimes-NG Monday, January 27, 2020 3:59:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Parktown (Boys High School) had arranged a trip to Bloemfontein, we jointly took a decision to cancel this trip in honour of Enoch,” External link

the-star Monday, January 27, 2020 8:37:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The ​SGB of the school will not escape our scrutiny. We will be guided by parents of the school later this evening on the kind of action we should take or not take,” External link

the-star Monday, January 27, 2020 8:37:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have therefore served the headmaster of Parktown Boys High School with a letter of precautionary suspension in order for the investigations to proceed without hindrance,” External link

the-star Monday, January 27, 2020 8:37:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is alleged that the scholar transport started a tendency of departing earlier than scheduled, as a result leaving many learners behind, which is a serious concern for us. We will investigate the circumstances surrounding this allegation. We have visited the family to convey our sincere condolences this afternoon, 26 January 2020,” External link

citizen Monday, January 27, 2020 12:10:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is alleged that the scholar transport started a tendency of departing earlier than scheduled as a result leaving many learners behind, which is a serious concern for us. We will investigate circumstances surrounding this allegation,” External link

eyewitness-news Sunday, January 26, 2020 7:40:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “A death of one child, especially in our care, is a death too many. We are committed to guarantee the safety of learners in our care,” “Once findings are made, we will take the necessary steps required to remedy the situation” External link

citizen Friday, January 24, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The report differentiated between initiations and the camps because some outings were educational,” External link

citizen Friday, January 24, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It took a mere Google [search] from me to pick up the 2010 drowning at the camp. It’s part of the reason why we are acting to say a basic check would have confirmed that this place has a history,” External link

citizen Friday, January 24, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “resulting in Enoch Mpianzi being swept down the river,” External link

thenewage Friday, January 24, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “In this regard, we have concluded that the principal of the school is the delegated authority with the responsibility for the safety of our learners in schools,” External link

thenewage Friday, January 24, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We can now confirm that the school had made an application to the district to approve the trip. However, by the time the school embarked on the trip, the district and head office had not approved the trip, thus, making the trip an unauthorised activity,” External link

citizen Friday, January 24, 2020 8:17:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “When all these reports are finalised, we will give to the families and they must exercise their options. We have a legal team that doesn't want to fight for the sake of fighting. We are not hard, we are not difficult, we are open minded,” External link

the-star Friday, January 24, 2020 7:43:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have enquired the roles of all persons who are in the line of authority and have responsibility to care for and support our learners in schools. In this regard, we have concluded that the principal of the school is the delegated authority with the responsibility for the safety of our learners in schools,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 24, 2020 5:33:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We changed it on paper, but the culture continues,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 24, 2020 5:33:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Parktown (Boys High School) had arranged a trip to Bloemfontein, we jointly took a decision to cancel this trip in honour of Enoch,” External link

iol Friday, January 24, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The ​SGB of the school will not escape our scrutiny. We will be guided by parents of the school later this evening on the kind of action we should take or not take,” External link

iol Friday, January 24, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have therefore served the headmaster of Parktown Boys High School with a letter of precautionary suspension in order for the investigations to proceed without hindrance,” External link

iol Friday, January 24, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Our primary goal is to unearth the truth. We have done everything in our power as the department to get to the bottom of the matter. The school governing body (SGB) will be scrutinised and the report will be made public,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, January 24, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We want to act. We want to charge the teachers involved individually,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, January 24, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “resulting in Enoch Mpianzi being swept down the river,” External link

mg Friday, January 24, 2020 4:53:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “In this regard, we have concluded that the principal of the school is the delegated authority with the responsibility for the safety of our learners in schools,” External link

mg Friday, January 24, 2020 4:53:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We can’t find words to comfort these families who lost their children under our care,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, January 20, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is once again disappointing that we only received information in the late afternoon, 17 January 2020. According to information at our disposal, police attended the scene and are investigating circumstances surrounding this sad incident,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, January 20, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We owe it to the parents who are bringing their children to our schools. Imagine if families are scared to bring their children to us purely because we’re turning our schools into mortuaries. It needs to stop,” External link

iol Monday, January 20, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “That’s my view and we’ll ventilate it within the education system to say ‘if they are going to go for a water-related matter, what are the requirements needed before we authorise the trip’,” External link

iol Monday, January 20, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The exercise was a simulation as though pupils were dropping from an aircraft and had to cross the river with an injured person using the rafts they built,” External link

iol Monday, January 20, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We owe it to the parents who are bringing their children to our schools. Imagine if families are scared to bring their children to us purely because we’re turning our schools into mortuaries. It needs to stop,” External link

the-star Monday, January 20, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “That’s my view and we’ll ventilate it within the education system to say ‘if they are going to go for a water-related matter, what are the requirements needed before we authorise the trip’,” External link

the-star Monday, January 20, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The exercise was a simulation as though pupils were dropping from an aircraft and had to cross the river with an injured person using the rafts they built,” External link

the-star Monday, January 20, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi explained : “After that exercise, everyone indicated to us that they were aware that a learner was missing. Only when they did a headcount, did they realise that the numbers were not the same. They indicated that other children were booked to come on the trip but never pitched up,” “So they started phoning everyone that was not there. They thought this child was one of those who didn’t make it. But when they checked, they realised that someone was missing because their belongings were there” External link

iol Saturday, January 18, 2020 5:07:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “From what we understand, a number of boys fell from the raft and scrambled to get back onto it again. That was the last time [Enock] was seen. Parktown Boys High released a statement in the early hours of Thursday morning 16 January revealing that a boy had gone missing during the rafting excursion Teachers at the s chool have c o me under fire on for being negligent as it appears there was a 12-hour delay before the alarm was raised about the m issing boy Lesufi noted this apparent time gap , saying he was only notified of the incident in the late hours of Thursday evening The timelines concern me,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 17, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “When was the headcount conducted? And when did they realise that that headcount was incomplete and who communicated what and when? There is also the issue of the raft. Those two are serious matters” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 17, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “Rescue teams suspended the search last night. They will resume with the search [on Friday] morning. Jointly with the school we’ve agreed to cancel the camp. The boys will have their breakfast [on Friday] morning and thereafter be taken back home. We remain hopeful” External link

citizen Friday, January 17, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To mitigate to capacity challenges, we are administrative, finalising a partnership with Curro to accommodate our children at their schools. My worry is that I don’t know how parents will react to this agreement,” External link

citizen Thursday, January 16, 2020 4:45:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This is an important milestone as the school is among our newly designed and constructed mega school infrastructure aimed at improving the quality of education in township schools,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:44:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This is indeed an exciting moment for us… Our communities deserve better. This is to restore the dignity of our people,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:44:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “There will be no child that will stay at home without a school. In the next 10 days, all our children will be placed in all our schools in our province,” External link

citizen Wednesday, January 15, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “All appellants should receive their responses by [today] 14 January 2019. All appeals were carefully considered and fairly adjudicated. The outcome of each appeal is based on compliance with the Admissions Regulations and availability of space at schools,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are also interacting with other private schools to assist us,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This is an important milestone as the school is among our newly designed and constructed mega school infrastructure aimed at improving the quality of education in township schools,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 15, 2020 10:06:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This is indeed an exciting moment for us… Our communities deserve better. This is to restore the dignity of our people,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 15, 2020 10:06:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are not dumping our children. Overall, I am deeply sorry if I have placed parents in situations. They feel that the department is not caring. I am deeply sorry,” External link

citizen Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “All appellants should receive their responses by [today] 14 January 2019. All appeals were carefully considered and fairly adjudicated. The outcome of each appeal is based on compliance with the Admissions Regulations and availability of space at schools,” External link

sanews Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are also interacting with other private schools to assist us,” External link

sanews Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are also receiving people who are coming to Gauteng province,” “We are experiencing high volume of intakes. We are working on new pupils who will be part of our system. As Gauteng, we are ready, our infrastructure, schools, furniture are ready to welcome our pupils,” External link

citizen Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:59:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We condemn such criminal acts and extend our sincere condolences to the family of Mr Tshivhase and the entire school community,” External link

citizen Saturday, January 11, 2020 1:56:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The principal had allegedly stopped on the side of the road and was speaking on the cellphone before the unfortunate incident," External link

iol Friday, January 10, 2020 3:21:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Over 30.28% of learners, or 29 587 learners who wrote, passed with a diploma pass,” “I am encouraged by the fact that more learners who passed the National Senior Certificate exams in 2019, of 74.73% learners (73 028 of 97 717 learners), passed with a bachelor or diploma pass, qualifying them to go into higher education. This up from 73.97% in 2018” External link

citizen Thursday, January 9, 2020 12:12:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “As I said last year, we have to attend to the matter of schools that consistently perform below par. The issue of small schools must also be resolved, as must the urgent matter of the 52 public and independent schools that achieved less than 65%,” External link

citizen Thursday, January 9, 2020 12:12:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Gauteng contributed the most candidates qualifying for bachelor studies in 2019, at 43,494. This is up from 41,410 bachelor’s passes in 2018. Gauteng achieved the best bachelor pass rate of all provinces. Nationally, we contributed 23.4% of all bachelor’s [degree passes] achieved,” “Gauteng is still the leading province by virtue of the size of the provincial system. This is despite the increased enrolment compared with 2018,” External link

businessday Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:35:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “I am encouraged by the fact that more learners who passed the National Senior Certificate exams in 2019, 74.73% of learners (73,028 of 97,717 learners), passed with a bachelor or diploma pass qualifying them to go into higher education. This is up from 73.97% in 2018,” External link

businessday Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:35:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “I am proud of the township schools that achieved 100%, despite the challenges they face,” External link

businessday Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:35:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “While the performance is marginally down on the 2018 performance, I remain convinced that we are on the right track and that we can do much better provincially,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, January 8, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Gauteng achieved the highest bachelor rate of all provinces. Nationally, we contributed 23.4% of all bachelors achieved,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, January 8, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Our argument is that it is not possible to have one examination that is independently monitored, so that those that are fearing that if we combine them the standard will go down, they must be assured that it’s not government that is running it but it is an independent body,” External link

mg Tuesday, January 7, 2020 1:22:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are hopeful that teaching and learning will not be hampered when schools reopen,” External link

news24 Monday, January 6, 2020 7:28:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Police are convinced…that they are about to crack this case in terms of the information they have gathered and the relevant people who provided the information,” External link

citizen Sunday, January 5, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The car that was involved was a cloned car, the number plate does not match the plates of the car. It is also a car that belongs to somebody who was not nearby,” External link

citizen Sunday, January 5, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We wish to reiterate our disappointment in such incidents because they really derail our plans. Reality is that we do not have funds to repair the school, the department will check what can be salvaged from the burnt school. The community must be vigilant and assist to track suspects and inform the police,” External link

iol Thursday, January 2, 2020 3:19:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “As we regret this incident, we also make a plea to families to support their relatives who are in institutions and to assist them to integrate back into their families. As government, we don’t desire institutionalisation to be a permanent solution,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, December 30, 2019 1:19:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : “We can carry them for the next 48 hours until the situation is under control. We are also working with local authorities; I know the emergency team is here,” External link

citizen Monday, December 9, 2019 11:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It will remove some beneficiaries from relying on social grants to work opportunities within government projects,” External link

iol Monday, December 9, 2019 2:09:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “With this strategy, we’ll restore the dignity of the poor and demonstrate that we support those who need the state to protect them,” External link

iol Monday, December 9, 2019 2:09:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have learned that most of the enquiries are from applicants who have not submitted documents, and those who are unhappy with placement. All enquiries are being resolved,” External link

the-star Wednesday, December 4, 2019 11:10:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is paramount to note that placement cannot be processed without submission of documents. Parents will be given an opportunity to submit documents to facilitate placement,” External link

the-star Wednesday, December 4, 2019 11:10:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are satisfied that the examinations have been conducted with integrity and without serious challenges, despite the load shedding that was experienced during the writing of CAT [Computer Applications Technology],” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 3, 2019 5:56:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The successful response to key matters in the 100-day programme reflects our commitment to making education as inclusive as possible,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 3, 2019 5:56:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Parents will be given an opportunity to submit documents to facilitate placement. All enquiries are receiving attention and are being resolved,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 3, 2019 5:56:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Late applications will be opened as soon as all queries are resolved. However, only schools with available space will be available,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 3, 2019 5:56:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Most of the appeals are being resolved in consultation with affected parents,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 3, 2019 5:56:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We can’t postpone the future of our children,” External link

citizen Thursday, November 21, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “In addition, the department will introduce English and Afrikaans as the Language of Teaching and Learning (LoTL) in the under-subscribed township schools. The said schools will be assisted to acquire the necessary educators that have qualifications and proficiency to teach in the required LoTL,” External link

citizen Wednesday, November 20, 2019 2:54:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “A parent that does not prefer the offer of placement given should lodge an objection with the nearest district office. Should the parent remain dissatisfied with the outcome of the objection, they may complete an appeal form available at district offices,” External link

citizen Wednesday, November 20, 2019 2:54:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Ignoring these reports makes the victim feel more vulnerable and subjected to secondary trauma of adults that show a cavalier attitude. We also urge our learners to refrain from any acts of misconduct in schools, as it will impact negatively on their performance,” External link

citizen Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:23:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Ignoring these reports makes the victim feel more vulnerable and subjected to secondary trauma of adults that show a cavalier attitude, we also urge our learners to refrain from any acts of misconduct in schools as it will impact negatively on their performance” External link

iol Thursday, November 14, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Despite the mishap, we are quite convinced that the matter is under control. We have the spaces, and we are going to negotiate with parents to place pupils at alternative schools. All this will be concluded by the end of November,” External link

the-star Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “Some schools and regions are defined as higher pressure due to the fact that they reached their capacity when the placement period started. As of November 4, 2019, the number of schools that have reached their capacity is 391. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has apologised to angry parents. "Some schools in the township, such as Unity (Secondary) in Daveyton and Bhukulani (Senior Secondary) in Soweto received more than 1000 applications against the total capacity of 150 and 210 respectively. This demonstrates that the investment by GDE in township schools is paying off,” External link

the-star Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To date, 6 428 parents have not responded to the requirement to respond to offers of placement within seven days. The number of parents that have not submitted or do not have documents are 27563,” External link

the-star Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To date, 234290 applicants are placed, while 43 797 are unplaced. It is concerning that, about 4 700 applicants have not yet accepted offers of placement,” External link

sanews Monday, November 4, 2019 12:40:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Applicants who cannot be accommodated at these schools are placed at schools with available space,” External link

sanews Monday, November 4, 2019 12:40:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To facilitate a fair placement process, the above criteria is strictly adhered to without fail, parents should therefore accept placement offered by the department as these cannot be changed,” External link

sanews Monday, November 4, 2019 12:40:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Parents should… rest assured that the department is obliged to place all learners, and as such all learners will be placed. However, it might not be at schools that they want. It must be noted that schools are making every effort to accommodate all in line with the admissions regulations. We are aware that some of our officials were assaulted, equipment and buildings vandalised. We wish to call upon parents to be calm and not use violence at our offices” External link

citizen Monday, November 4, 2019 12:40:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To date, 234290 applicants are placed, while 43 797 are unplaced. It is concerning that, about 4 700 applicants have not yet accepted offers of placement,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, November 4, 2019 10:28:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Applicants who cannot be accommodated at these schools are placed at schools with available space,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, November 4, 2019 10:28:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To facilitate a fair placement process, the above criteria is strictly adhered to without fail, parents should therefore accept placement offered by the department as these cannot be changed,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, November 4, 2019 10:28:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “May they find comfort in knowing that we too share their pain. Furthermore, we strongly condemn senseless acts of violence which threaten the safety of our learners in and around our schooling environment, robbing them of their future,” External link

the-star Friday, October 25, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Through this indaba and industry commitment, pupils will be afforded the opportunity of a quality support programme in the form of workplace experiential learning, coupled with the much-needed experience and job training, to be absorbed into … industry,” External link

citizen Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:38:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “address the skills development challenges and promote growth, facilitate skills development through strategic partnerships, profiling technical or engineering as a desired career of choice to our learners and offer workplace experiential learning during school holidays” External link

citizen Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:38:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “There will be no such school. I respect Tebogo for starting such a school but allegations are damning. We are on the side of the victims until proven otherwise,” External link

citizen Monday, October 14, 2019 1:37:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Just check the recent statistics released by the Minister of Police and you will realise that we are a violent country," External link

iol Monday, October 7, 2019 3:01:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Our greatest respect goes to our first pair of schools, Bovet Primary and Lyndhurst Primary School. We have witnessed improvements and the schools benefited from our partnership with Honeywell, which exposed their teachers to the aviation world in America,” External link

the-star Tuesday, October 1, 2019 1:07:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is important to note that this programme offers opportunities to school governing bodies to rethink the opportunities for change embedded in the twinning, as the future is now to increase private partnership investment to the benefit of our schools,” External link

the-star Tuesday, October 1, 2019 1:07:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "For our officials in the district, this is a difficult time for them, they need to prepare our children for exams and not for funerals, and now they have to deal with these kind of things, you can imagine how tough it is," "This is too heavy, when a child is in Grade 12, you feel relieved that you finally managed to school this child and take him forward, we are grieved and we are in pain, we are in a difficult position," External link

iol Monday, September 23, 2019 6:42:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is so sad to issue death certificates than parents attending graduation ceremonies for their children. We would like to convey our deepest condolences to the family and the entire school community during this time of grief,” External link

the-star Monday, September 23, 2019 10:32:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is so sad to issue death certificates [rather] than parents attending graduation ceremonies for their children. We would like to convey our deepest condolences to the family and the entire school population during this time of grief,” External link

citizen Sunday, September 22, 2019 8:08:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “May they find comfort in knowing that we too share their loss. Furthermore, we strongly condemn such violent acts which threaten the safety of our learners, in and around our schooling environment,” External link

sanews Friday, September 20, 2019 1:24:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are hopeful that those who have done this deed their names will be mentioned in that commission and the family will have closure and they will know why this thing has happened,” External link

mg Thursday, September 19, 2019 5:56:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “If you can’t arrest them you risk rendering our country as lawless…Those that are responsible for this deed must know that they can run, they can hide but we will find them and when we find them the law will be merciless towards them,” External link

mg Thursday, September 19, 2019 5:56:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “May they find comfort in knowing that we too share their loss. Furthermore, we strongly condemn such violent acts which threaten the safety of our learners, in and around our schooling environment,” External link

iol Thursday, September 19, 2019 4:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to send our heartfelt condolences to both families and the school community. May they find comfort in knowing that we too share their pain and sorrow,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 11, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to send our heartfelt condolences to both families and the school community. May they find comfort in knowing that we too share their pain and sorrow,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 11, 2019 2:32:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is unfortunate and regrettable that learners took their own lives in this manner. We take this time to send our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the school community, during this time of grief. No words are enough to express our sorrow at a loss of a child. We hope that the families will find comfort in the knowledge that we too share their loss,” External link

iol Friday, September 6, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is regrettable that someone entrusted with the safety of our learners is allegedly implicated in such a despicable deed. We strongly condemn any acts of educator misconduct, which seek to undermine our learning institutions,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, September 6, 2019 11:56:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is regrettable that someone entrusted with the safety of our learners is allegedly implicated in such a despicable deed. We strongly condemn any acts of educator misconduct, which seek to undermine our learning institutions,” External link

sanews Friday, September 6, 2019 11:28:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This will enable learners opportunities to build exciting technology and science-focused careers in the future, making a positive impact in our country and the world we live in,” External link

the-star Friday, August 30, 2019 12:40:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “These pairs of schools have demonstrated that through twinning, the resources can be shared between schools, learners and educators can participate in shared teaching and learning activities, including social cohesion the teaching expertise in the subject content and achieving improved learner performance,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:35:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Ultimately, the programme provides a potential benefit, as opposed to a burden, for the schools, its learners, parents, and the education system as a whole,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:35:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The distinctiveness of the schools is in their combination of arts and business,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 27, 2019 4:36:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The distinctiveness of the schools is in their combination of arts and business,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 27, 2019 4:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “If we fail to change the education landscape, we will never succeed in empowering our children with the necessary skills to improve our economy,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The school has 17 apprentices. These are former learners and youth who are in an apprenticeship programme. They do their theory at the school and are then placed in various automotive industries to do the practical component,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is important to invest in our children because they are our future. This is revolution and quality education we are advocating for, which learners will benefit from,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The Austrian Ministry of Education brought the best Professor in entrepreneurship to train the educators. Between 2016 and 2018, there were five sessions held. It was the educators themselves who immensely contributed towards the development of the manual. Prior to that, the school took the initiative to source out material on entrepreneurship,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, August 20, 2019 4:04:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Such conduct will not be allowed or tolerated in our schooling environment,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, August 20, 2019 4:04:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : "How seriously‚ Mr Lesufi‚ can we take this ANC PEC on corruption when these two members have been re-elected?" External link

businessday Sunday, August 18, 2019 6:38:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Following the report, an urgent disciplinary hearing will be conducted and it’s on the basis of that hearing that [we] will know the outcome,” External link

citizen Friday, August 16, 2019 10:48:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Team ) : “It is important to note that once a learner is placed on a waiting list at a special school, the District Based Support Team and School Based Support Team collectively support the learner,” External link

the-star Friday, August 16, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The Austrian Ministry of Education brought the best Professor in entrepreneurship to train the educators. Between 2016 and 2018, there were five sessions held. It was the educators themselves who immensely contributed towards the development of the manual. Prior to that, the school took the initiative to source out material on entrepreneurship,” External link

sanews Friday, August 16, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Gauteng Department ) : "Many of our schools lack basic communication infrastructure, such as telephones. These shortcomings have posed as obstacles, impacting the Department’s ability to consistently receive incident and update reports from schools," "Today, we can confidently say that we are well on our way to overcoming this challenge, in partnership with Vodacom" External link

iol Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:14:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Gauteng Department ) : "This long-term partnership between GDE (Gauteng Department of Education) and Vodacom continues to promote the digitisation of school management in the province. Over the last few years, this partnership has enabled schools to provide updates in real time," "The technology has also helped school principals to remain in close contact with the department for speedy resolution of problems" External link

iol Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:14:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to appeal to members of the community to take ownership of their schools and declare war against criminals who are targeting schools. Learners must always focus on their education and avoid ill-discipline,” External link

mg Wednesday, August 14, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to appeal to members of the community to take ownership of their schools and declare war against criminals who are targeting schools. Learners must always focus on their education and avoid ill-discipline,” External link

citizen Wednesday, August 14, 2019 5:14:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to appeal to members of the community to take ownership of their schools and declare war against criminals who are targeting schools. Learners must always focus on their education and avoid ill discipline,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, August 14, 2019 4:52:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are going to make contact with the provincial commissioner’s office to assist us to take up the matter the local police station,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:21:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi acknowledged : “Just last week, another boy was found with an Okapi knife in his bag. Then people say we don’t discipline these kids, but how can you discipline someone who could stab you to death?” External link

the-star Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:58:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “All of those things did not happen,” External link

the-star Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:58:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi acknowledged : “Just last week, another boy was found with an Okapi knife in his bag. Then people say we don’t discipline these kids, but how can you discipline someone who could stab you to death?” External link

iol Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:34:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “All of those things did not happen,” External link

iol Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:34:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "All of those things did not happen," External link

the-star Tuesday, August 13, 2019 2:34:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Such conduct will not be allowed or tolerated in our schooling environment,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 13, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Such conduct will not be allowed or tolerated in our schooling environment,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 13, 2019 11:16:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are here to declare that because of our women, we are alive today. It was on this day [in 1956] that our women took the stand and said, enough is enough with apartheid laws, in everything that we do, a girl child must be No 1” External link

citizen Saturday, August 10, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Our district requested extra funding from us for additional classes, so that those learners were able to catch up, and ensure that their right to education was not disrupted,” External link

the-star Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:25:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Although there have been eight days interrupted in total by the service delivery protests, there has always been a 97 percent attendance at our schools despite the socio-economic factors at play, we as the department pride ourselves on the conduct and results of the learners,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 24, 2019 11:35:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The impact of service delivery protests affects schooling big time. Most teachers come from outside the township and during a protest, they can’t come into the township. We have recorded a total of eight school days disrupted. You can imagine the effect it had on the education system. Even though we have recovery programs in place to assist learners, it is still a setback,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 24, 2019 11:35:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Although there have been eight days interrupted in total by the service delivery protests, there has always been a 97 percent attendance at our schools despite the socio-economic factors at play, we as the department pride ourselves on the conduct and results of the learners,” External link

iol Wednesday, July 24, 2019 8:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Gauteng Department ) : “The department has been reasonable and considerate to allow for the first time in the history of online admissions in Gauteng, that the application period remained open for applications during the June/July school holidays, essentially allowing parents an additional 15 weekdays to make applications,” “Our records reflect that parents took full advantage of this opportunity, as 8 069 applications were registered during that period” External link

dailymaverick Monday, July 22, 2019 3:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “If the parent does not accept one offer of placement within seven days, the learner will automatically be placed at one of the schools that made the offer. Parents are therefore urged to accept offers as soon as they are received,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, July 22, 2019 3:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “As a province, we are pleased that the parent population and stakeholders in Gauteng have embraced the use of the online application. This groundbreaking online application has provided the department with credible and reliable information. We will therefore continue to enhance this system and link it to other existing government systems to further strengthen the credibility of the information attained,” External link

iol Sunday, July 21, 2019 1:39:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Furthermore, parents are advised that the waiting list numbers allocated (WA1 to WA4) will not be the basis to allocate placement. Information in the system and documents provided will be considered to justify placement offers," External link

iol Sunday, July 21, 2019 1:39:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We welcome the arrest of implicated learners, this is a sign of the cooperation agreement with the police to attend to these kinds of acts occurring closer to our schools,” External link

the-star Tuesday, July 16, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We welcome the arrest of the implicated learners. This is a sign of the cooperation agreement with the police to attend to these kind of acts occurring closer to our schools. We have sent our psycho social unit to support the staff and learners at the school, including the victims and their families,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, July 16, 2019 5:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We welcome the arrest of the implicated learners. This is a sign of the cooperation agreement with the police to attend to these kind of acts occurring closer to our schools. We have sent our psycho social unit to support the staff and learners at the school, including the victims and their families,” External link

sanews Tuesday, July 16, 2019 4:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “People of Katlehong, this is what is left of Katlehong Primary School because the community is protesting against lack of electricity. This is completely unacceptable. Forget it if you think we will fix it! You will see to finish” External link

citizen Monday, July 8, 2019 11:22:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : “I think we need to remain firm and stand strong against this kind of behaviour. It’s starting to be a fashion and we need to stop it. If we don’t, it will continue like this. I see no reason why, if people are protesting against electricity, they need to burn a school – a primary education nogal… I must be honest, I am gutted. When I went to see the school, I just feel we can’t tolerate this, we must put an end to it and we must put a stop to it to say we are not going to do so. We’re not going to fix that school,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, July 4, 2019 6:42:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "I'm not here to produce somebody who will be a Mabena in Gauteng. I'm here to produce the brightest sparks of our time. That is why our investment of more than R240 million for you to be here...we want it to be an investment that all of us can be proud of. Every top three learners in Gauteng, from each and every school, as this government [department] that I am proud to lead, we give those students a four year bursary to study at an institution of their choice," External link

iol Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:55:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Ask everyone that is here. We came here looking for gold in the mines. That gold is gone. The future gold is you. You're the ones that are going to create jobs and you're the ones that are going to defend this province as the economics hub of our country. You can't be an economic hub of the country when you can't even calculate," External link

iol Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:55:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “There can be Afrikaans, Sepedi, and English in a school so that children can play together during break time,” External link

citizen Wednesday, June 26, 2019 1:31:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We welcome this sanction and urge educators to refrain from all types of misconduct as they should lead by example to ensure that learners mirror their conduct in creating a safe schooling environment, conducive for effective teaching and learning,” External link

citizen Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:18:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We encourage learners never to listen to anybody who tells them not to tell, for fear of victimisation. Learners must report such incidents to their parents, police or any other trusted figure of authority,” External link

citizen Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:18:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To treat you like a criminal is very simple, we will open the doors and the gates of our schools and say, ‘please leave us’,” External link

iol Saturday, June 15, 2019 11:53:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It’s very simple, we will open the doors and gates of our schools and say (leave us alone, go find your peers outside and we know that your peers end up in orange overalls),” External link

iol Saturday, June 15, 2019 11:53:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : “I want to go to school [safely]. I want to plead with you, if you have not established a disciplinary committee with competent people, please do so now. We must take this fight back to these bullies and culprits. We are pleading with you,” External link

citizen Friday, June 14, 2019 2:51:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are pleading with you. If you want to be a student, we will treat you as a student but if you want to be a criminal, we will treat you as a criminal and to treat you like a criminal is very simple, we open the doors and gates of our schools and say [leave us alone, go find your peers outside and we know that your peers end up in orange overalls],” External link

citizen Friday, June 14, 2019 2:51:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “I’m ashamed, my dear children, that as I’m speaking to you now, we’ve got about 13 children across the province that are appearing in court for various crimes that they’ve committed outside the school premises. It’s embarrassing,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We instructed departmental officials to go to all courts to establish the number of learners that are charged in court and the number of pupils that are about to appear in court,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “Learners with court matters need to declare these to the department for it to take the necessary steps,” External link

iol Wednesday, June 12, 2019 11:57:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “No revenge means no revenge. It should be a battle of constructive ideas and not of weapons. People should sympathise with the perpetrator, and his family must extend friendship to the affected family,” External link

iol Wednesday, June 12, 2019 11:57:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We wish to congratulate the SA Police Service for their swift response which led to the arrest of the perpetrator, we also call upon parents to assist to instill discipline in our schools,” External link

citizen Tuesday, June 4, 2019 3:05:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We’ve got a programme where we are taking problematic learners to stay in a prison for a day just to interact with prisoners, so that they can have an idea of what is happening in jail and that has assisted us because we now have a number of them withdrawing from gang related matters,” External link

citizen Monday, June 3, 2019 8:21:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Some parents received WA4 reference numbers instead of WA1. It was because the feeder zone maps were slow to load, due to the network connectivity, and as such, parents opted for the within 30km radius. This is receiving attention. Parents must not panic as we are working on rectifying the glitch. No one will be disadvantaged, especially those staying closer to the schools” External link

the-star Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi stated ( about Jan Smuts ) : “Others names like Jan Smuts will also fall,” External link

citizen Tuesday, May 21, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi responded : “Let’s deal with it urgently” External link

citizen Tuesday, May 21, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It tells us where we need to build new schools where there's a huge demand, which in turn would enable us to expand the school,” External link

the-star Tuesday, May 21, 2019 10:54:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “There might be some delays, and I want to say to parents who are saying to parents please try, try and try until you get through,” External link

mg Monday, May 20, 2019 2:10:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Those people who thought that our children should be garden boys and tea girls are scared that our children will be actuarial scientists like their kids,” External link

the-star Monday, May 20, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : “All parents will be given equal opportunity to apply for their children,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 19, 2019 4:48:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Anyone who accuses us of not consulting with them is not being honest,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 19, 2019 4:48:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "This (30km radius) is revolutionary. No child in Soweto will be denied the right to attend a school in Fourways because of where they were born... Apartheid was man-made system, and it will take man to fix it," External link

the-star Sunday, May 19, 2019 3:32:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : "All parents will be given equal opportunity to apply for their children," External link

nampa Sunday, May 19, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The department is pleased to announce that the capacity of the Admissions Online Application System has been increased to accommodate 50 000 simultaneous users,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, April 30, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi explained : “For this reason, applicants are urged to use their own valid cell phone number or email address. All communication with the parent regarding username, password, waiting list reference number, will be conducted through the supplied cell phone number or email address,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, April 30, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “In case none of the documents are available, the school will accept the learner provisionally. However, the parent must submit proof to the school within two weeks that they have applied for the documentation,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, April 30, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The department is pleased to announce that the capacity of the Admissions Online Application System has been increased to accommodate 50 000 simultaneous users,” External link

sanews Monday, April 29, 2019 6:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi explained : “For this reason, applicants are urged to use their own valid cell phone number or email address. All communication with the parent regarding username, password, waiting list reference number, will be conducted through the supplied cell phone number or email address,” External link

sanews Monday, April 29, 2019 6:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “In case none of the documents are available, the school will accept the learner provisionally. However, the parent must submit proof to the school within two weeks that they have applied for the documentation,” External link

sanews Monday, April 29, 2019 6:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The post-apartheid state has made strides to build a unified, non-racial and non-sexist education system and to redistribute resources to ensure equitable access to quality education across the public-school system” External link

the-star Monday, April 29, 2019 11:00:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “parents should understand that living closer to the school does not entitle a person to automatic admission. Placement will depend on the time the application was made and availability of space in the school” External link

dailymaverick Monday, April 29, 2019 2:14:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “when applying online, parents have a choice to submit a maximum of five applications, either using a home address, an applicant’s sibling who attends the school being applied to, work address of either one of the parents, if the applicant lives within a 30km radius and if the applicant lives beyond a 30km radius” External link

dailymaverick Monday, April 29, 2019 2:14:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “I don’t want to oppose anything; I really feel that the lawyers must meet and find a solution and find the middle ground. I didn’t sit under the tree and said the structure must fall,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “I don’t want to oppose anything; I really feel that the lawyers must meet and find a solution and find the middle ground. I didn’t sit under the tree and said the structure must fall,” External link

the-star Wednesday, April 24, 2019 4:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “An eye for an eye makes all of us blind, and you don't use violence to resolve problems because we're going to turn the entire situation into a violent situation,” External link

the-star Friday, April 19, 2019 3:51:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have committed that a budget to replace Oakdale Secondary School has been approved, and as such, this school will be replaced. "However, we hope the community will yield to our call and allow the children to go back to school,” External link

the-star Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:57:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have committed that a budget to replace Oakdale Secondary school has been approved and as such, this school will be replaced. It is disappointing that we must resort to drastic measures for our children to be afforded deserved education. However, we hope the community will yield to our call, and allow children to go back to school,” External link

citizen Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:38:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This unwarranted and unruly behaviour by our learners is shocking and is an extreme violation of a school’s code of conduct, which learners are expected to adhere to. These shocking school violent incidents can never be condoned and must be condemned with contempt,” “The creation of a safe and conducive learning environment has reached critical point and is not negotiable. Our learners must be given an opportunity to develop and ultimately reach their full potential without any hindrance” External link

citizen Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:38:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To be a generation that tells government to keep their RDP house because you will build your own house,” External link

citizen Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:22:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi afirmou : "Eu não acredito que haja uma desculpa e precisamos agir de forma decisiva" External link

extra Thursday, June 23, 2016 11:59:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi declarou : "O setor tem que ser regulado" External link

jn Tuesday, February 3, 2015 7:28:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi declarou : "O setor tem que ser regulado" External link

DiarioDigital Tuesday, February 3, 2015 7:14:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi declarou : "O setor tem que ser regulado" External link

dnoticias Tuesday, February 3, 2015 6:32:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi déclaré : «Nous devons réguler ce secteur» External link

lessentiel-lu-fr Tuesday, February 3, 2015 6:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi déclaré : «Nous devons réguler ce secteur» External link

lavenir Tuesday, February 3, 2015 4:03:00 PM EAT



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premier of gauteng3.85%EN07/21/201621/07/2016
secretário3.85%PT06/23/201623/06/2016
spokesperson53.85%EN10/29/201329/10/2013
education spokesman11.54%EN09/23/201323/09/2013
spokesman23.08%EN08/19/201319/08/2013
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Panyaza LesufiEN88.67%
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Steve Mabona said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “MEC Lesufi undertook to escalate it to the province” External link

citizen Friday, January 31, 2020 2:44:00 AM EAT

Adele Myburgh told ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “From what we understand, a number of boys fell from the raft and scrambled to get back onto it again. That was the last time [Enock] was seen. Parktown Boys High released a statement in the early hours of Thursday morning 16 January revealing that a boy had gone missing during the rafting excursion Teachers at the s chool have c o me under fire on for being negligent as it appears there was a 12-hour delay before the alarm was raised about the m issing boy Lesufi noted this apparent time gap , saying he was only notified of the incident in the late hours of Thursday evening The timelines concern me,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 17, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “From what we understand, a number of boys fell from the raft and scrambled to get back onto it again. That was the last time [Enock] was seen. Parktown Boys High released a statement in the early hours of Thursday morning 16 January revealing that a boy had gone missing during the rafting excursion Teachers at the s chool have c o me under fire on for being negligent as it appears there was a 12-hour delay before the alarm was raised about the m issing boy Lesufi noted this apparent time gap , saying he was only notified of the incident in the late hours of Thursday evening The timelines concern me,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 17, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Anton Alberts said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “The FF Plus plans to launch various actions this year to improve the Gauteng school system and to neutralise Lesufi’s political influence,” External link

citizen Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:24:00 AM EAT

Ernst Roets said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “Lesufi goes on TV, says AfriForum is following him and his children, is hacking his bank account and is trying to assassinate him,” External link

citizen Sunday, November 24, 2019 9:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “Some schools and regions are defined as higher pressure due to the fact that they reached their capacity when the placement period started. As of November 4, 2019, the number of schools that have reached their capacity is 391. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has apologised to angry parents. "Some schools in the township, such as Unity (Secondary) in Daveyton and Bhukulani (Senior Secondary) in Soweto received more than 1000 applications against the total capacity of 150 and 210 respectively. This demonstrates that the investment by GDE in township schools is paying off,” External link

the-star Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : "How seriously‚ Mr Lesufi‚ can we take this ANC PEC on corruption when these two members have been re-elected?" External link

businessday Sunday, August 18, 2019 6:38:00 AM EAT

Steve Mabona said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “We wish to emphasize that. Lesufi is taking this insinuation that he is a racist seriously,” External link

citizen Saturday, August 3, 2019 1:11:00 AM EAT

Steve Mabona said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “By (today) we should be starting with our exams and we will continue to monitor the situation. Any allegations of gangsterism and drugs, as the MEC (Panyaza Lesufi) indicated - need to be reported. People must not just do interviews with the media and not assist us with the information. It is important to impart knowledge, so that we know,” External link

the-star Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Solly Msimanga said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “Panyaza Lesufi is a spin doctor. What does he know about finance? The DA will ask Moroka Swallows whether they will provide a reference as to his capabilities,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, May 29, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

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Panyaza Lesufi said : “Because of the numbers of learners, you can’t accommodate them in one school at the same time. This simply means that there will be learners who will be rotating daily. Generally, everything is going well, and the personal protective equipment is there and we are processing the issues of teachers who applied to work from home and those exiting the system,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, August 24, 2020 5:42:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Most schools have continued to operate and have been Covid-19 compliant even though there are still instances of closure and re-opening of schools due to decontamination. As of August 11, 1,995 public ordinary schools offering grades 12 and seven were open. During the same period, 72 of the 84 public schools for learners with special needs were open," External link

BBCMonitoring Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The schools will then re-open on 25 January next year for teachers, then later for pupils. Grade 12 marking will conclude on 22 January and the results will be released on 23 February," External link

BBCMonitoring Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi explained : “This is why the introduction of ICTs (information and communications technology) is so important. We want to bridge the gap between the poor and the rich schools, make it so that one teacher is able and willing to teach at a rich school and a poor school,” External link

citizen Thursday, August 13, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are pleading for patience here … Within six weeks we will be in a position to share with you that information,” “But if you want us to share … now, it is going to be practically impossible … It’s a process that will need to be sorted out and concluded. And we need experts. We need people who have the legislative mandate and the power to investigate these accounts” External link

mg Thursday, August 6, 2020 10:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Hence, the ANC bestowed him with its highest honour, Isitwalandwe/ Seaparankoe for his unbroken service, for his dedication, commitment and unflinching loyalty to the cause - a just, free, peaceful and prosperous future,” External link

iol Friday, July 31, 2020 3:21:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Some will be scared to declare that Cde Baba Mlangeni was a communist. We know why will they be scared to declare that Baba Mlangeni was a true communist. It’s because they don’t make communists like this anymore. He worked with Mao Tse Tung, Joe Slovo and many other communists,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 29, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It would be disingenuous not to state the fact that the freedom you fought for may lose its character if we can’t act,” “The struggle you waged may tend to be something if we don’t self-correct. The sacrifices that you made, if nothing drastic is done, may be fruitless” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, July 29, 2020 2:14:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is unfortunate that Covid-19 is now becoming a new apartheid in terms of access, exclusivity and equality,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 22, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "It is unfortunate that Covid-19 is now becoming a new apartheid in terms of access, exclusivity and equality," External link

news24 Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:38:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Indeed, no words are enough to express the sorrow of losing a loved one. We hope that the families will find comfort in the knowledge that we too share their loss,” External link

citizen Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:24:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi explained : "The majority of learners preferred to learn at home," External link

sanews Monday, July 20, 2020 5:42:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have now consolidated the attendance register of all these particular grades. For Grade R, that’s where we have got the lowest form of attendance. Only 23% of learners came back. Majority of learners preferred to learn at home,” External link

citizen Friday, July 17, 2020 11:38:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Of the 2,131 schools in the province, 1,977 schools were risk-free, which simply means that of the 2,131 schools, 1,977 schools never had a COVID-19 incident,” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, July 17, 2020 11:09:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "We have now consolidated the attendance register of all these particular grades. For Grade R, that's where we have got the lowest form of attendance. Only 23% of learners came back. Majority of learners preferred to learn at home," External link

news24 Friday, July 17, 2020 7:33:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Grade R had the lowest attendance‚” External link

businessday Friday, July 17, 2020 7:00:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “If the environment at home is not organised then we have a situation,” External link

citizen Friday, July 17, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “But generally… it is quite clear our schooling environment is quite safe,” External link

citizen Friday, July 17, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The escalation in the number of reported Covid-19-positive cases among pupils and teachers is the single biggest factor affecting school openings or closures from one day to the next. Importantly, these include lead teachers in the upper grades, as well as school principals in some cases," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, July 13, 2020 1:44:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The escalation in the number of reported Covid-19-positive cases among pupils and teachers is the single biggest factor affecting school openings or closures from one day to the next. Importantly, these include lead teachers in the upper grades, as well as school principals in some cases,” External link

thezimbabwemail Monday, July 13, 2020 12:07:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The escalation in the number of reported Covid-19-positive cases among pupils and teachers is the single biggest factor affecting school openings or closures from one day to the next. Importantly, these include lead teachers in the upper grades, as well as school principals in some cases," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, July 12, 2020 6:50:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Indeed this is devastating and difficult to comprehend in this difficult period. We would like to convey our sincere condolences to the family and the school community. We want to assure the family that, they are in our prayers, during this time of grief. We will facilitate a memorial service to celebrate her life, in the near future,” External link

iol Saturday, July 4, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Indeed this is devastating and difficult to comprehend in this difficult period. We would like to convey our sincere condolences to the family and the school community. We want to assure the family that, they are in our prayers, during this time of grief. We will facilitate a memorial service to celebrate her life, in the near future," External link

news24 Friday, July 3, 2020 9:31:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Now what have they been doing before? They have been following me, and they have been following my family. They have been following my children, and they have been trying to attack me, and they have been trying to assassinate me. They have been trying to go through all of my bank accounts” External link

citizen Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Now what have they been doing before? They have been following me, and they have been following my family. They have been following my children, and they have been trying to attack me, and they have been trying to assassinate me. They have been trying to go through all of my bank accounts" External link

news24 Saturday, June 27, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Automating services and moving away from human intervention has freed up manpower from other activities and enables better utilisation of human resources,” External link

sanews Tuesday, June 23, 2020 6:18:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Automating services and moving away from human intervention has freed up manpower from other activities and enables better utilisation of human resources,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, June 23, 2020 4:13:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “When they checked the temp, they said the learner should go to an isolation room. Because the clinic is nearby, they rushed the learner to the clinic,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 14, 2020 7:44:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Gauteng Department ) : “We are indeed in pain, we are in a difficult situation. We share the grief of the family and, on behalf of the Gauteng government, we want to extend our sincere condolences to the family, the school community and the Kokosi community as a whole,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 14, 2020 7:44:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "We are indeed in pain, we are in a difficult situation. We share the grief of the family and, on behalf of the Gauteng government, we want to extend our sincere condolences to the family, the school community and the Kokosi community as a whole," External link

news24 Sunday, June 14, 2020 6:42:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We pray for their strength during this time of grief. Indeed, the school will conduct memorial services to remember and celebrate their lives, in due course,” External link

citizen Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:44:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “A number of teachers who have not attended claim to have comorbidities but they have not applied to work from home. A number of teachers submitted medical reports without application or filling in a sick leave forms,” External link

sanews Tuesday, June 9, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “A number of teachers who have not attended claim to have comorbidities but they have not applied to work from home. A number of teachers submitted medical reports without application or filling in a sick leave forms,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, June 9, 2020 11:49:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We want to determine whether there has been a surge in infections since schools reopened. Overall, we are happy that everything went well. Learners are happy,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, June 9, 2020 1:57:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Orange Farm ) : “We received reports early hours of this morning [Monday], a school in Orange Farm where criminals broke in with an intention of stealing PPEs meant for learners. The community alerted the police and the police arrested these criminals immediately and all the PPEs that were stolen were recovered,” External link

citizen Tuesday, June 9, 2020 12:06:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have allowed our legal team to continue to engage with the legal firm representing the family so that we use previous court cases that have ruled on matters such as this in nature as a barometer to determine an appropriate amount,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, June 8, 2020 10:23:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Though we had successfully recruited Covid brigades, many of them are in the process of being deployed to schools. It's important to clarify that the brigades are an additional resource to the school but that other personnel have been assigned to deal with screening and other issues. " External link

news24 Monday, June 8, 2020 9:37:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Orange Farm ) : "We received reports early hours of this morning [Monday], a school in Orange Farm where criminals broke in with an intention of stealing PPEs meant for learners. The community alerted the police and the police arrested these criminals immediately and all the PPEs that were stolen were recovered," External link

news24 Monday, June 8, 2020 9:37:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have indicated that we have no appetite to oppose this matter. We have allowed our legal team to continue to engage with the legal firm representing the family, so that we use previous court cases that have ruled on matters such as this in nature as a barometer to determine an appropriate amount,” External link

citizen Monday, June 8, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : “I told him, I still invite him to choose that school. We will go there as there is nothing to hide. If there are problems we will fix it,” External link

citizen Monday, June 8, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Gauteng Department ) : “We have gone through the attendance registers of all our children across the province in terms of grades 7 and 12. The attendance for today was at 85% - so 15% of parents in Gauteng decided not to bring their children back to school,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, June 8, 2020 8:01:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : "I told him, I still invite him to choose that school. We will go there as there is nothing to hide. If there are problems we will fix it," External link

news24 Monday, June 8, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : "I told him, I still invite him to choose that school. We will go there as there is nothing to hide. If there are problems we will fix it," External link

news24 Monday, June 8, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Even if we can put water tanks in those schools, we can't risk the lives of pupils," External link

news24 Friday, June 5, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi concluded : “We are fine-tuning the safety protocols in those schools so that learners who need assistance are left unattended because the educators were told not to touch them,” External link

citizen Friday, June 5, 2020 4:24:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The misbehaviour and the attitude of the Western Cape government to think that they're a federal state or they're a government on their own and they can defy national government and open schools when we are told not to open schools must be rejected," External link

allafrica Wednesday, June 3, 2020 4:13:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “How do people sleep after committing such a barbaric and cruel act? We feel the family’s pain” External link

iol Monday, June 1, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “In the absence of these issues, we believe that our schools that are ready, they are at different levels but on the first day they will open and we will provide support and guidance,” External link

citizen Friday, May 29, 2020 10:42:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “From where I am, I believe we are almost there, but we are not 100% there,” “There will be areas that will [return] later on, [after] 1 June, depending on the circumstances, but generally where there are no problems, we expect everyone to come back,” External link

citizen Friday, May 29, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “From all these meetings, we will have a better understanding of whether we are ready for Monday, but I remain hopeful. We need to be cautious – it’s safety first, and we need to protect our children and our staff members,” External link

citizen Friday, May 29, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We believe we must never have a generation of failures, a generation that has never gone to school. That would be an indictment to the future of our country,” “So, let’s find a balance between preserving lives and ensuring that learners get their education,” External link

citizen Thursday, May 28, 2020 8:23:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Even if you can do things online, the guidance of a teacher becomes paramount,” External link

citizen Thursday, May 28, 2020 8:23:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "We are using a just in time method, which means we deliver immediately, so that it (PPEs) can be consumed. We don't deliver to store because, when we deliver to store, then we are inviting [robbers] breaking in," External link

allafrica Thursday, May 28, 2020 5:53:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "We went to the school nutrition centre because that's an area where we are very worried, because that's where the movement will take place. So, we want to be sure of social distancing [ and] availability of water so that people can clean and wash areas because there are strict protocols on when to prepare the food and ensure the facility is clean," External link

allafrica Thursday, May 28, 2020 5:22:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “But with the country going to Level 3 on Monday, and with the likelihood that alcohol will be sold, we really believe that it might minimise the attacks,” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are using a just in time method, which means we deliver immediately, so that it (PPEs) can be consumed. We don’t deliver to store because, when we deliver to store, then we are inviting [robbers] breaking in,” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “I really believe the majority of the parents will bring the children because we don’t know when this pandemic we end. If we knew it would end in September, for example, then we would sacrifice and say we will wait until September. It may go beyond 2021 or even 2022,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, May 27, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “But with the country going to Level 3 on Monday, and with the likelihood that alcohol will be sold, we really believe that it might minimise the attacks,” External link

citizen Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are using a just in time method, which means we deliver immediately, so that it (PPEs) can be consumed. We don’t deliver to store because, when we deliver to store, then we are inviting [robbers] breaking in,” External link

citizen Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We went to the school nutrition centre because that’s an area where we are very worried, because that’s where the movement will take place. So, we want to be sure of social distancing [ and] availability of water so that people can clean and wash areas because there are strict protocols on when to prepare the food and ensure the facility is clean,” External link

citizen Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:57:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The areas that are hard hit are Tshwane South and West. Those are the areas hard hit. For example, in Tshwane West we were at 61%. Of the 103 schools that were supposed to receive PPEs, 65 didn’t receive, but we are at 61%. That’s the lowest. Those two Tshwane areas, that’s where we have a problem,” External link

citizen Monday, May 25, 2020 4:41:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Other areas, depending on our delivery schedules, they might come today, others may come tomorrow, and other areas Wednesday. By Friday, all our teachers must be back,” External link

citizen Monday, May 25, 2020 4:41:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Besides, we don’t know how long COVID-19 will be with us,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 25, 2020 3:46:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are guided by the sector. For example, their PPEs are different because in some instance, touching can’t be eliminated completely but we have procured their PPEs,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 25, 2020 3:46:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Department is committed to ensure the principle of safety first is adhered to in all our facilities including schools” External link

citizen Monday, May 25, 2020 12:52:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Social distancing will be adhered to, each class will have four brigades’ recruitment youth to assist and ensure the social distancing. The brigades will also assist in our scholar transport,” External link

sanews Friday, May 22, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The PPEs must arrive first before the next thing can happen. So, no PPEs, no opening of schools,” “We don’t want to risk [children’s health and safety] as we said, it’s safety first,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “The accusations that are circulating are hopelessly misinformed and devoid of truth,” External link

citizen Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We don’t want to steal the thunder from any NPO, but if we work together and channel our energies together it will assist to eliminate duplication,” External link

citizen Friday, May 8, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to convey our sincere condolences to both families and the school community. We pray for their strength during this time of affliction” External link

iol Wednesday, May 6, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have been forced to shut down the call centre because the numbers were too much. People were calling from all over the country, but our focus is Gauteng only,” External link

the-star Tuesday, May 5, 2020 9:23:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Once the screening is done, we alert the food bank to send the parcel to the affected person. We have five food banks; we have been distributing food parcels long before the lockdown,” External link

the-star Tuesday, May 5, 2020 9:23:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The numbers are huge, and we don’t have capacity to distribute, but also we don’t even have enough food parcels,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, April 29, 2020 9:38:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “If you have to release them back onto the streets, I think we would have failed as the government and so we are trying to put proper systems in place to protect them, but most importantly re-skill them,” External link

citizen Friday, April 24, 2020 9:54:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We don’t want to remove [organisations] from distributing and we are saying, let’s do it together and it will assist us,” External link

citizen Thursday, April 23, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people,” External link

reuters-af Friday, April 17, 2020 8:18:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people,” External link

iol Friday, April 17, 2020 6:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Indeed, the coarse behaviour of these criminals is annoying and they must be apprehended, and face the law,” External link

iol Friday, April 17, 2020 3:36:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people,” External link

iol Friday, April 17, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor...(and) homeless people,” External link

gulf-times Friday, April 17, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people,” External link

the-star Friday, April 17, 2020 12:31:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people,” External link

iol Thursday, April 16, 2020 10:48:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “In addition, we are providing food to more than 3 000 homeless people daily in various temporary shelters,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, April 16, 2020 9:17:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people,” External link

angop Thursday, April 16, 2020 7:59:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor... (and) homeless people,” External link

EastAfrican Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people," External link

trust Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people,” External link

standardmedia Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people," External link

economictimes Thursday, April 16, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people," External link

wsau Thursday, April 16, 2020 2:05:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people," External link

news-yahoo Thursday, April 16, 2020 1:45:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The reality is that we underestimated the number of poor ... (and) homeless people," External link

reuters-en Thursday, April 16, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Today alone, we are receiving stock worth over R2.5 million. We are serving 2,000 families per day in Gauteng. Our target is to push that to 5,000 per day. With the stock that just arrived, we really believe we can push the numbers,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 15, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Those people have alternatives of applying for loans and requesting for holiday period payments. But the poorest of the poor don’t have that option. Those are the ones we believe we need to bring closer, identify and provide with support,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 15, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It seems that these criminals are not bothered and they don’t have a sense of the damage they are causing to the future of our children and our country because, without education, we are doomed, the future is bleak. Indeed the coarse behaviour of these criminals is annoying and they must be apprehended and face the law,” External link

citizen Sunday, April 12, 2020 6:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “This is to reiterate our plea for protection of our schools, and the community is encouraged to always report criminal activities in their areas to the law enforcement agencies for a swift response,” External link

citizen Sunday, April 12, 2020 6:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to thank our communities, especially those who played a significant role in protecting our schools by alerting the police about criminals who were caught in the act of vandalism and stealing our equipment at different schools,” External link

citizen Friday, April 10, 2020 2:00:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We really don’t know what is happening in Soshanguve. We are dismayed to report that yet another school has been destroyed by fire, worse within a few days in the same area,” “This is worrisome; it looks like the same modus operandi was used we are tempted to believe that there is a syndicate operating in the area and the sooner these cowards are arrested the better” External link

the-star Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:41:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Those two people that have been arrested, we really believe that they will sing” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, April 9, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "We really don't know what is happening in Soshanguve. This is to register our plea with the security cluster to protect our schools," External link

allafrica Thursday, April 9, 2020 6:10:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is a difficult and emotional time for the family and our role is to offer support. We’ll use our might as the state to dig deeper in this matter and offer the family answers,” External link

the-star Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10:28:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We will provide burial support together with our social partners, and because we are still on lockdown, we have agreed with the family that we will have a memorial service immediately after lockdown as a farewell to Simphiwe and give her peers a chance to bid her farewell,” External link

the-star Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10:28:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is a difficult and emotional time for the family and our role is to offer support. We’ll use our might as the state to dig deeper in this matter and offer the family answers,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 8, 2020 8:53:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We will provide burial support together with our social partners, and because we are still on lockdown, we have agreed with the family that we will have a memorial service immediately after lockdown as a farewell to Simphiwe and give her peers a chance to bid her farewell,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 8, 2020 8:53:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We really don’t know what is happening in Soshanguve. This is to register our plea with the security cluster to protect our schools,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This is appalling and unbelievable, that we are actually on day 12 of the Lockdown, one ponders on how will the picture look like after this period. The members of the community are encouraged to continue report to the police. Indeed we cannot allow this barbarism to continue (to) rob our children their future,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:05:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “How do people sleep after committing such a barbaric and cruel act? We feel the family’s pain” External link

the-star Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:18:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We will use our might as the state to speak to law enforcement to dig deeper into this matter. We cannot have a person murdered like this and it is business as usual. We really believe that we need to hunt the killers,” External link

citizen Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to send our sincere condolences to the family and the school community. We are shattered and really feel their pain during this time of grief” External link

citizen Sunday, April 5, 2020 3:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Members of the community who reported the incidents should be congratulated and the police should be thanked for their speedy response,” External link

citizen Saturday, April 4, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “The state is trying to procure major facilities, to get major sites that will allow us to re-allocate people in case we get a need. Now that we are in mass testing, we think this will give us an indication. These tests will assist the province,” External link

citizen Thursday, April 2, 2020 9:46:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “Even though the incident happened outside our premises, we feel obligated as the government to contribute something to the funeral arrangements,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Post offices have secured 5,000 litres of hand sanitiser for the elderly, and 30,000 pairs of hand gloves and 300 masks to be used by staff. About 1,757 beneficiaries will receive their money from nine community halls in the province,” External link

citizen Sunday, March 29, 2020 10:38:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “They really feel neglected, unattended and that their rights are violated. They say, ‘These are our homes, don’t force us if you want us to go to those facilities, just notify us, allow us to apply our minds and if we want to come, we’ll come,’” External link

dailymaverick Friday, March 27, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “When we come back, we want to run without a break because there have already been breaks,” External link

businessday Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:20:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “When we come back, we want to run without a break because there have already been breaks,” External link

businessday Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have also established a system where there is a teacher at every school, so learners can have someone to talk to,” External link

sanews Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have also established a system where there is a teacher at every school, so learners can have someone to talk to,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, March 12, 2020 4:54:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to send our sincere condolences to the family and the school community. Indeed, we are lost for words to comfort them. We feel their pain during this time of grief,” External link

citizen Friday, March 6, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Furthermore, we strongly condemn senseless acts of violence which threaten the safety of our learners in and around our schooling environment, robbing them of their future,” External link

citizen Friday, March 6, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to send our sincere condolences to the family and the school community. Indeed, we are lost for words to comfort them, we feel their pain during this time of grief” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, March 6, 2020 4:04:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Today [Wednesday] I received a request from this school to authorise a trip to go to [the Czech Republic]. I just set aside the report and said maybe let me go through this pain first [and] I’ll come back and decide whether we need to authorise,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 5, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Can you really say we have learnt out of this? I am in a state of shock that we still believe nothing has happened and that we want to go to countries and we don’t make analyses,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 5, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “But, most importantly, we are weighing all our legal options on the current and previous cases. We also feel there are other state institutions that must come on board to assist us to enforce this matter,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 5, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “I need to respect the views of the parents who said the media must go and I need to apologise to them because they are the fourth estate and they are protected by the constitution of this country,” External link

the-star Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:18:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It’s quite a painful process, but we have to soldier on,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:50:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We don’t want Enock to be another statistic,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:50:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Until that case is finalised by the police and presented to us, we can’t pre-empt if the police will charge people with culpable homicide,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:50:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “If they object, we will respect their decision. Remember, it’s their child and whatever they want to do it will be influenced by their wishes,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, March 4, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This is to appeal to all stakeholders to allow the scholar transport to run smoothly. It is important to emphasise that acts of violence will not yield any positive results, hence, it will only lead to unnecessary injuries, trauma and fatalities, which is unfortunate,” External link

citizen Monday, March 2, 2020 11:41:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This is to appeal to all stakeholders to allow the scholar transport to run smoothly. It is important to emphasise that acts of violence will not yield any positive results, it will only lead to unnecessary injuries, trauma and fatalities, which is unfortunate,” External link

iol Monday, March 2, 2020 6:36:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is really concerning that our learners are targeted at our schools, we really appeal to community members who might assist with necessary information to share same with the police so that these perpetrators are taken to task,” External link

iol Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “As a department, we condemn this kind of behaviour. We have assigned a team of social workers to go to the family and determine how best we can assist,” External link

citizen Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:23:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Indeed, after a consultation with the Mpianzi family, we find it to be insensitive to release the report without their blessings. Subsequent to our meeting today, we all agreed that the next session will be held on 27 February 2020,” External link

citizen Friday, February 21, 2020 5:30:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Indeed, after a consultation with the Mpianzi family, we find it to be insensitive to release the report without their blessings. Subsequent to our meeting today, we all agreed that the next session will be held on 27 February 2020,” External link

citizen Thursday, February 20, 2020 6:59:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “A miracle is needed in this case because I see no other way to bring stability and order to these schools,” External link

citizen Thursday, February 20, 2020 3:48:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “That does not mean we have exhausted all processes that need to be undertaken. That is why I also bring the traditional element. My inbox is inundated with people coming with ideas. It’s an integrated approach we will utilise,” External link

citizen Wednesday, February 19, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The independent report will tell us who will be liable. I am reluctant to point fingers at people. What we need to do is wait for reports from all institutions. In the absence of evidence I don’t want to make accusations,” External link

sanews Monday, February 17, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Subsequently we will release the report in the next few days. Indeed we are proud of the legal team,” External link

citizen Sunday, February 16, 2020 3:18:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Furthermore, we relentlessly appeal to parents to assist in enforcing discipline in and outside the school environment,” External link

citizen Thursday, February 13, 2020 7:53:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “But they were unique and unfortunately when they arrived at the scene, the pupil had fallen to the ground. They called paramedics and the family and the pupil were taken to hospital, where he unfortunately left us,” External link

citizen Wednesday, February 12, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : “However, we are hopeful that working with parents, we will overcome these challenges,” External link

citizen Tuesday, February 11, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “She subsequently jumped from the moving taxi in Germiston and unfortunately died on the scene,” External link

citizen Tuesday, February 11, 2020 12:00:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The car that was involved was a cloned car, the number plate does not match the plates of the car. It is also a car that belongs to somebody who was not nearby,” External link

citizen Saturday, February 8, 2020 1:45:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have no option but to call upon all spiritual denominations to come together and lead us in prayer, indeed we plead for divine intervention,” External link

iol Saturday, February 8, 2020 1:09:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is encouraging that the perpetrator, a 15-year-old pupil, is temporarily suspended until the necessary disciplinary process is undertaken on Monday, February 10,” External link

citizen Sunday, February 2, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : “It has been a roller-coaster month for us as the department. We are devastated. We just felt, let’s come and bow our heads in front of the family and strengthen them, as well as show our support,” External link

citizen Thursday, January 30, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “There are no reasons why we should shut down this school. Yes, there are mistakes, limitations and challenges, but we will deal with those challenges like we have dealt with them before,” External link

citizen Tuesday, January 28, 2020 10:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “A parent comes and says they have a missing child and you just say ‘go to the police station’ and don’t assist the parent [or] make a follow-up [enquiry] on Friday when the learner is still not there,” External link

citizen Monday, January 27, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is alleged that the scholar transport started a tendency of departing earlier than scheduled as a result leaving many learners behind, which is a serious concern for us. We will investigate circumstances surrounding this allegation,” External link

dailytimes-NG Monday, January 27, 2020 3:59:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Parktown (Boys High School) had arranged a trip to Bloemfontein, we jointly took a decision to cancel this trip in honour of Enoch,” External link

the-star Monday, January 27, 2020 8:37:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The ​SGB of the school will not escape our scrutiny. We will be guided by parents of the school later this evening on the kind of action we should take or not take,” External link

the-star Monday, January 27, 2020 8:37:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have therefore served the headmaster of Parktown Boys High School with a letter of precautionary suspension in order for the investigations to proceed without hindrance,” External link

the-star Monday, January 27, 2020 8:37:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is alleged that the scholar transport started a tendency of departing earlier than scheduled, as a result leaving many learners behind, which is a serious concern for us. We will investigate the circumstances surrounding this allegation. We have visited the family to convey our sincere condolences this afternoon, 26 January 2020,” External link

citizen Monday, January 27, 2020 12:10:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is alleged that the scholar transport started a tendency of departing earlier than scheduled as a result leaving many learners behind, which is a serious concern for us. We will investigate circumstances surrounding this allegation,” External link

eyewitness-news Sunday, January 26, 2020 7:40:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “A death of one child, especially in our care, is a death too many. We are committed to guarantee the safety of learners in our care,” “Once findings are made, we will take the necessary steps required to remedy the situation” External link

citizen Friday, January 24, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The report differentiated between initiations and the camps because some outings were educational,” External link

citizen Friday, January 24, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It took a mere Google [search] from me to pick up the 2010 drowning at the camp. It’s part of the reason why we are acting to say a basic check would have confirmed that this place has a history,” External link

citizen Friday, January 24, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “resulting in Enoch Mpianzi being swept down the river,” External link

thenewage Friday, January 24, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “In this regard, we have concluded that the principal of the school is the delegated authority with the responsibility for the safety of our learners in schools,” External link

thenewage Friday, January 24, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We can now confirm that the school had made an application to the district to approve the trip. However, by the time the school embarked on the trip, the district and head office had not approved the trip, thus, making the trip an unauthorised activity,” External link

citizen Friday, January 24, 2020 8:17:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “When all these reports are finalised, we will give to the families and they must exercise their options. We have a legal team that doesn't want to fight for the sake of fighting. We are not hard, we are not difficult, we are open minded,” External link

the-star Friday, January 24, 2020 7:43:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have enquired the roles of all persons who are in the line of authority and have responsibility to care for and support our learners in schools. In this regard, we have concluded that the principal of the school is the delegated authority with the responsibility for the safety of our learners in schools,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 24, 2020 5:33:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We changed it on paper, but the culture continues,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 24, 2020 5:33:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Parktown (Boys High School) had arranged a trip to Bloemfontein, we jointly took a decision to cancel this trip in honour of Enoch,” External link

iol Friday, January 24, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The ​SGB of the school will not escape our scrutiny. We will be guided by parents of the school later this evening on the kind of action we should take or not take,” External link

iol Friday, January 24, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have therefore served the headmaster of Parktown Boys High School with a letter of precautionary suspension in order for the investigations to proceed without hindrance,” External link

iol Friday, January 24, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Our primary goal is to unearth the truth. We have done everything in our power as the department to get to the bottom of the matter. The school governing body (SGB) will be scrutinised and the report will be made public,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, January 24, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We want to act. We want to charge the teachers involved individually,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, January 24, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “resulting in Enoch Mpianzi being swept down the river,” External link

mg Friday, January 24, 2020 4:53:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “In this regard, we have concluded that the principal of the school is the delegated authority with the responsibility for the safety of our learners in schools,” External link

mg Friday, January 24, 2020 4:53:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We can’t find words to comfort these families who lost their children under our care,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, January 20, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is once again disappointing that we only received information in the late afternoon, 17 January 2020. According to information at our disposal, police attended the scene and are investigating circumstances surrounding this sad incident,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, January 20, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We owe it to the parents who are bringing their children to our schools. Imagine if families are scared to bring their children to us purely because we’re turning our schools into mortuaries. It needs to stop,” External link

iol Monday, January 20, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “That’s my view and we’ll ventilate it within the education system to say ‘if they are going to go for a water-related matter, what are the requirements needed before we authorise the trip’,” External link

iol Monday, January 20, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The exercise was a simulation as though pupils were dropping from an aircraft and had to cross the river with an injured person using the rafts they built,” External link

iol Monday, January 20, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We owe it to the parents who are bringing their children to our schools. Imagine if families are scared to bring their children to us purely because we’re turning our schools into mortuaries. It needs to stop,” External link

the-star Monday, January 20, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “That’s my view and we’ll ventilate it within the education system to say ‘if they are going to go for a water-related matter, what are the requirements needed before we authorise the trip’,” External link

the-star Monday, January 20, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The exercise was a simulation as though pupils were dropping from an aircraft and had to cross the river with an injured person using the rafts they built,” External link

the-star Monday, January 20, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi explained : “After that exercise, everyone indicated to us that they were aware that a learner was missing. Only when they did a headcount, did they realise that the numbers were not the same. They indicated that other children were booked to come on the trip but never pitched up,” “So they started phoning everyone that was not there. They thought this child was one of those who didn’t make it. But when they checked, they realised that someone was missing because their belongings were there” External link

iol Saturday, January 18, 2020 5:07:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “From what we understand, a number of boys fell from the raft and scrambled to get back onto it again. That was the last time [Enock] was seen. Parktown Boys High released a statement in the early hours of Thursday morning 16 January revealing that a boy had gone missing during the rafting excursion Teachers at the s chool have c o me under fire on for being negligent as it appears there was a 12-hour delay before the alarm was raised about the m issing boy Lesufi noted this apparent time gap , saying he was only notified of the incident in the late hours of Thursday evening The timelines concern me,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 17, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “When was the headcount conducted? And when did they realise that that headcount was incomplete and who communicated what and when? There is also the issue of the raft. Those two are serious matters” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 17, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “Rescue teams suspended the search last night. They will resume with the search [on Friday] morning. Jointly with the school we’ve agreed to cancel the camp. The boys will have their breakfast [on Friday] morning and thereafter be taken back home. We remain hopeful” External link

citizen Friday, January 17, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To mitigate to capacity challenges, we are administrative, finalising a partnership with Curro to accommodate our children at their schools. My worry is that I don’t know how parents will react to this agreement,” External link

citizen Thursday, January 16, 2020 4:45:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This is an important milestone as the school is among our newly designed and constructed mega school infrastructure aimed at improving the quality of education in township schools,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:44:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This is indeed an exciting moment for us… Our communities deserve better. This is to restore the dignity of our people,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:44:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “There will be no child that will stay at home without a school. In the next 10 days, all our children will be placed in all our schools in our province,” External link

citizen Wednesday, January 15, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “All appellants should receive their responses by [today] 14 January 2019. All appeals were carefully considered and fairly adjudicated. The outcome of each appeal is based on compliance with the Admissions Regulations and availability of space at schools,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are also interacting with other private schools to assist us,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This is an important milestone as the school is among our newly designed and constructed mega school infrastructure aimed at improving the quality of education in township schools,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 15, 2020 10:06:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This is indeed an exciting moment for us… Our communities deserve better. This is to restore the dignity of our people,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 15, 2020 10:06:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are not dumping our children. Overall, I am deeply sorry if I have placed parents in situations. They feel that the department is not caring. I am deeply sorry,” External link

citizen Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “All appellants should receive their responses by [today] 14 January 2019. All appeals were carefully considered and fairly adjudicated. The outcome of each appeal is based on compliance with the Admissions Regulations and availability of space at schools,” External link

sanews Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are also interacting with other private schools to assist us,” External link

sanews Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are also receiving people who are coming to Gauteng province,” “We are experiencing high volume of intakes. We are working on new pupils who will be part of our system. As Gauteng, we are ready, our infrastructure, schools, furniture are ready to welcome our pupils,” External link

citizen Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:59:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We condemn such criminal acts and extend our sincere condolences to the family of Mr Tshivhase and the entire school community,” External link

citizen Saturday, January 11, 2020 1:56:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "The principal had allegedly stopped on the side of the road and was speaking on the cellphone before the unfortunate incident," External link

iol Friday, January 10, 2020 3:21:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Over 30.28% of learners, or 29 587 learners who wrote, passed with a diploma pass,” “I am encouraged by the fact that more learners who passed the National Senior Certificate exams in 2019, of 74.73% learners (73 028 of 97 717 learners), passed with a bachelor or diploma pass, qualifying them to go into higher education. This up from 73.97% in 2018” External link

citizen Thursday, January 9, 2020 12:12:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “As I said last year, we have to attend to the matter of schools that consistently perform below par. The issue of small schools must also be resolved, as must the urgent matter of the 52 public and independent schools that achieved less than 65%,” External link

citizen Thursday, January 9, 2020 12:12:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Gauteng contributed the most candidates qualifying for bachelor studies in 2019, at 43,494. This is up from 41,410 bachelor’s passes in 2018. Gauteng achieved the best bachelor pass rate of all provinces. Nationally, we contributed 23.4% of all bachelor’s [degree passes] achieved,” “Gauteng is still the leading province by virtue of the size of the provincial system. This is despite the increased enrolment compared with 2018,” External link

businessday Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:35:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “I am encouraged by the fact that more learners who passed the National Senior Certificate exams in 2019, 74.73% of learners (73,028 of 97,717 learners), passed with a bachelor or diploma pass qualifying them to go into higher education. This is up from 73.97% in 2018,” External link

businessday Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:35:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “I am proud of the township schools that achieved 100%, despite the challenges they face,” External link

businessday Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:35:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “While the performance is marginally down on the 2018 performance, I remain convinced that we are on the right track and that we can do much better provincially,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, January 8, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Gauteng achieved the highest bachelor rate of all provinces. Nationally, we contributed 23.4% of all bachelors achieved,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, January 8, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Our argument is that it is not possible to have one examination that is independently monitored, so that those that are fearing that if we combine them the standard will go down, they must be assured that it’s not government that is running it but it is an independent body,” External link

mg Tuesday, January 7, 2020 1:22:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are hopeful that teaching and learning will not be hampered when schools reopen,” External link

news24 Monday, January 6, 2020 7:28:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Police are convinced…that they are about to crack this case in terms of the information they have gathered and the relevant people who provided the information,” External link

citizen Sunday, January 5, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The car that was involved was a cloned car, the number plate does not match the plates of the car. It is also a car that belongs to somebody who was not nearby,” External link

citizen Sunday, January 5, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We wish to reiterate our disappointment in such incidents because they really derail our plans. Reality is that we do not have funds to repair the school, the department will check what can be salvaged from the burnt school. The community must be vigilant and assist to track suspects and inform the police,” External link

iol Thursday, January 2, 2020 3:19:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “As we regret this incident, we also make a plea to families to support their relatives who are in institutions and to assist them to integrate back into their families. As government, we don’t desire institutionalisation to be a permanent solution,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, December 30, 2019 1:19:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : “We can carry them for the next 48 hours until the situation is under control. We are also working with local authorities; I know the emergency team is here,” External link

citizen Monday, December 9, 2019 11:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It will remove some beneficiaries from relying on social grants to work opportunities within government projects,” External link

iol Monday, December 9, 2019 2:09:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “With this strategy, we’ll restore the dignity of the poor and demonstrate that we support those who need the state to protect them,” External link

iol Monday, December 9, 2019 2:09:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have learned that most of the enquiries are from applicants who have not submitted documents, and those who are unhappy with placement. All enquiries are being resolved,” External link

the-star Wednesday, December 4, 2019 11:10:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is paramount to note that placement cannot be processed without submission of documents. Parents will be given an opportunity to submit documents to facilitate placement,” External link

the-star Wednesday, December 4, 2019 11:10:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are satisfied that the examinations have been conducted with integrity and without serious challenges, despite the load shedding that was experienced during the writing of CAT [Computer Applications Technology],” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 3, 2019 5:56:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The successful response to key matters in the 100-day programme reflects our commitment to making education as inclusive as possible,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 3, 2019 5:56:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Parents will be given an opportunity to submit documents to facilitate placement. All enquiries are receiving attention and are being resolved,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 3, 2019 5:56:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Late applications will be opened as soon as all queries are resolved. However, only schools with available space will be available,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 3, 2019 5:56:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Most of the appeals are being resolved in consultation with affected parents,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 3, 2019 5:56:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We can’t postpone the future of our children,” External link

citizen Thursday, November 21, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “In addition, the department will introduce English and Afrikaans as the Language of Teaching and Learning (LoTL) in the under-subscribed township schools. The said schools will be assisted to acquire the necessary educators that have qualifications and proficiency to teach in the required LoTL,” External link

citizen Wednesday, November 20, 2019 2:54:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “A parent that does not prefer the offer of placement given should lodge an objection with the nearest district office. Should the parent remain dissatisfied with the outcome of the objection, they may complete an appeal form available at district offices,” External link

citizen Wednesday, November 20, 2019 2:54:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Ignoring these reports makes the victim feel more vulnerable and subjected to secondary trauma of adults that show a cavalier attitude. We also urge our learners to refrain from any acts of misconduct in schools, as it will impact negatively on their performance,” External link

citizen Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:23:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Ignoring these reports makes the victim feel more vulnerable and subjected to secondary trauma of adults that show a cavalier attitude, we also urge our learners to refrain from any acts of misconduct in schools as it will impact negatively on their performance” External link

iol Thursday, November 14, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Despite the mishap, we are quite convinced that the matter is under control. We have the spaces, and we are going to negotiate with parents to place pupils at alternative schools. All this will be concluded by the end of November,” External link

the-star Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “Some schools and regions are defined as higher pressure due to the fact that they reached their capacity when the placement period started. As of November 4, 2019, the number of schools that have reached their capacity is 391. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has apologised to angry parents. "Some schools in the township, such as Unity (Secondary) in Daveyton and Bhukulani (Senior Secondary) in Soweto received more than 1000 applications against the total capacity of 150 and 210 respectively. This demonstrates that the investment by GDE in township schools is paying off,” External link

the-star Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To date, 6 428 parents have not responded to the requirement to respond to offers of placement within seven days. The number of parents that have not submitted or do not have documents are 27563,” External link

the-star Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To date, 234290 applicants are placed, while 43 797 are unplaced. It is concerning that, about 4 700 applicants have not yet accepted offers of placement,” External link

sanews Monday, November 4, 2019 12:40:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Applicants who cannot be accommodated at these schools are placed at schools with available space,” External link

sanews Monday, November 4, 2019 12:40:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To facilitate a fair placement process, the above criteria is strictly adhered to without fail, parents should therefore accept placement offered by the department as these cannot be changed,” External link

sanews Monday, November 4, 2019 12:40:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Parents should… rest assured that the department is obliged to place all learners, and as such all learners will be placed. However, it might not be at schools that they want. It must be noted that schools are making every effort to accommodate all in line with the admissions regulations. We are aware that some of our officials were assaulted, equipment and buildings vandalised. We wish to call upon parents to be calm and not use violence at our offices” External link

citizen Monday, November 4, 2019 12:40:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To date, 234290 applicants are placed, while 43 797 are unplaced. It is concerning that, about 4 700 applicants have not yet accepted offers of placement,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, November 4, 2019 10:28:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Applicants who cannot be accommodated at these schools are placed at schools with available space,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, November 4, 2019 10:28:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To facilitate a fair placement process, the above criteria is strictly adhered to without fail, parents should therefore accept placement offered by the department as these cannot be changed,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, November 4, 2019 10:28:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “May they find comfort in knowing that we too share their pain. Furthermore, we strongly condemn senseless acts of violence which threaten the safety of our learners in and around our schooling environment, robbing them of their future,” External link

the-star Friday, October 25, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Through this indaba and industry commitment, pupils will be afforded the opportunity of a quality support programme in the form of workplace experiential learning, coupled with the much-needed experience and job training, to be absorbed into … industry,” External link

citizen Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:38:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “address the skills development challenges and promote growth, facilitate skills development through strategic partnerships, profiling technical or engineering as a desired career of choice to our learners and offer workplace experiential learning during school holidays” External link

citizen Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:38:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “There will be no such school. I respect Tebogo for starting such a school but allegations are damning. We are on the side of the victims until proven otherwise,” External link

citizen Monday, October 14, 2019 1:37:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Just check the recent statistics released by the Minister of Police and you will realise that we are a violent country," External link

iol Monday, October 7, 2019 3:01:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Our greatest respect goes to our first pair of schools, Bovet Primary and Lyndhurst Primary School. We have witnessed improvements and the schools benefited from our partnership with Honeywell, which exposed their teachers to the aviation world in America,” External link

the-star Tuesday, October 1, 2019 1:07:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is important to note that this programme offers opportunities to school governing bodies to rethink the opportunities for change embedded in the twinning, as the future is now to increase private partnership investment to the benefit of our schools,” External link

the-star Tuesday, October 1, 2019 1:07:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "For our officials in the district, this is a difficult time for them, they need to prepare our children for exams and not for funerals, and now they have to deal with these kind of things, you can imagine how tough it is," "This is too heavy, when a child is in Grade 12, you feel relieved that you finally managed to school this child and take him forward, we are grieved and we are in pain, we are in a difficult position," External link

iol Monday, September 23, 2019 6:42:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is so sad to issue death certificates than parents attending graduation ceremonies for their children. We would like to convey our deepest condolences to the family and the entire school community during this time of grief,” External link

the-star Monday, September 23, 2019 10:32:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is so sad to issue death certificates [rather] than parents attending graduation ceremonies for their children. We would like to convey our deepest condolences to the family and the entire school population during this time of grief,” External link

citizen Sunday, September 22, 2019 8:08:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “May they find comfort in knowing that we too share their loss. Furthermore, we strongly condemn such violent acts which threaten the safety of our learners, in and around our schooling environment,” External link

sanews Friday, September 20, 2019 1:24:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are hopeful that those who have done this deed their names will be mentioned in that commission and the family will have closure and they will know why this thing has happened,” External link

mg Thursday, September 19, 2019 5:56:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “If you can’t arrest them you risk rendering our country as lawless…Those that are responsible for this deed must know that they can run, they can hide but we will find them and when we find them the law will be merciless towards them,” External link

mg Thursday, September 19, 2019 5:56:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “May they find comfort in knowing that we too share their loss. Furthermore, we strongly condemn such violent acts which threaten the safety of our learners, in and around our schooling environment,” External link

iol Thursday, September 19, 2019 4:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to send our heartfelt condolences to both families and the school community. May they find comfort in knowing that we too share their pain and sorrow,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 11, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to send our heartfelt condolences to both families and the school community. May they find comfort in knowing that we too share their pain and sorrow,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 11, 2019 2:32:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is unfortunate and regrettable that learners took their own lives in this manner. We take this time to send our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the school community, during this time of grief. No words are enough to express our sorrow at a loss of a child. We hope that the families will find comfort in the knowledge that we too share their loss,” External link

iol Friday, September 6, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is regrettable that someone entrusted with the safety of our learners is allegedly implicated in such a despicable deed. We strongly condemn any acts of educator misconduct, which seek to undermine our learning institutions,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, September 6, 2019 11:56:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is regrettable that someone entrusted with the safety of our learners is allegedly implicated in such a despicable deed. We strongly condemn any acts of educator misconduct, which seek to undermine our learning institutions,” External link

sanews Friday, September 6, 2019 11:28:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This will enable learners opportunities to build exciting technology and science-focused careers in the future, making a positive impact in our country and the world we live in,” External link

the-star Friday, August 30, 2019 12:40:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “These pairs of schools have demonstrated that through twinning, the resources can be shared between schools, learners and educators can participate in shared teaching and learning activities, including social cohesion the teaching expertise in the subject content and achieving improved learner performance,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:35:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Ultimately, the programme provides a potential benefit, as opposed to a burden, for the schools, its learners, parents, and the education system as a whole,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:35:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The distinctiveness of the schools is in their combination of arts and business,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 27, 2019 4:36:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The distinctiveness of the schools is in their combination of arts and business,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 27, 2019 4:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “If we fail to change the education landscape, we will never succeed in empowering our children with the necessary skills to improve our economy,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The school has 17 apprentices. These are former learners and youth who are in an apprenticeship programme. They do their theory at the school and are then placed in various automotive industries to do the practical component,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It is important to invest in our children because they are our future. This is revolution and quality education we are advocating for, which learners will benefit from,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The Austrian Ministry of Education brought the best Professor in entrepreneurship to train the educators. Between 2016 and 2018, there were five sessions held. It was the educators themselves who immensely contributed towards the development of the manual. Prior to that, the school took the initiative to source out material on entrepreneurship,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, August 20, 2019 4:04:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Such conduct will not be allowed or tolerated in our schooling environment,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, August 20, 2019 4:04:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : "How seriously‚ Mr Lesufi‚ can we take this ANC PEC on corruption when these two members have been re-elected?" External link

businessday Sunday, August 18, 2019 6:38:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Following the report, an urgent disciplinary hearing will be conducted and it’s on the basis of that hearing that [we] will know the outcome,” External link

citizen Friday, August 16, 2019 10:48:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Team ) : “It is important to note that once a learner is placed on a waiting list at a special school, the District Based Support Team and School Based Support Team collectively support the learner,” External link

the-star Friday, August 16, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The Austrian Ministry of Education brought the best Professor in entrepreneurship to train the educators. Between 2016 and 2018, there were five sessions held. It was the educators themselves who immensely contributed towards the development of the manual. Prior to that, the school took the initiative to source out material on entrepreneurship,” External link

sanews Friday, August 16, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Gauteng Department ) : "Many of our schools lack basic communication infrastructure, such as telephones. These shortcomings have posed as obstacles, impacting the Department’s ability to consistently receive incident and update reports from schools," "Today, we can confidently say that we are well on our way to overcoming this challenge, in partnership with Vodacom" External link

iol Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:14:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Gauteng Department ) : "This long-term partnership between GDE (Gauteng Department of Education) and Vodacom continues to promote the digitisation of school management in the province. Over the last few years, this partnership has enabled schools to provide updates in real time," "The technology has also helped school principals to remain in close contact with the department for speedy resolution of problems" External link

iol Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:14:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to appeal to members of the community to take ownership of their schools and declare war against criminals who are targeting schools. Learners must always focus on their education and avoid ill-discipline,” External link

mg Wednesday, August 14, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to appeal to members of the community to take ownership of their schools and declare war against criminals who are targeting schools. Learners must always focus on their education and avoid ill-discipline,” External link

citizen Wednesday, August 14, 2019 5:14:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We would like to appeal to members of the community to take ownership of their schools and declare war against criminals who are targeting schools. Learners must always focus on their education and avoid ill discipline,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, August 14, 2019 4:52:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are going to make contact with the provincial commissioner’s office to assist us to take up the matter the local police station,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:21:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi acknowledged : “Just last week, another boy was found with an Okapi knife in his bag. Then people say we don’t discipline these kids, but how can you discipline someone who could stab you to death?” External link

the-star Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:58:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “All of those things did not happen,” External link

the-star Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:58:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi acknowledged : “Just last week, another boy was found with an Okapi knife in his bag. Then people say we don’t discipline these kids, but how can you discipline someone who could stab you to death?” External link

iol Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:34:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “All of those things did not happen,” External link

iol Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:34:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "All of those things did not happen," External link

the-star Tuesday, August 13, 2019 2:34:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Such conduct will not be allowed or tolerated in our schooling environment,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 13, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Such conduct will not be allowed or tolerated in our schooling environment,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 13, 2019 11:16:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are here to declare that because of our women, we are alive today. It was on this day [in 1956] that our women took the stand and said, enough is enough with apartheid laws, in everything that we do, a girl child must be No 1” External link

citizen Saturday, August 10, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Our district requested extra funding from us for additional classes, so that those learners were able to catch up, and ensure that their right to education was not disrupted,” External link

the-star Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:25:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Although there have been eight days interrupted in total by the service delivery protests, there has always been a 97 percent attendance at our schools despite the socio-economic factors at play, we as the department pride ourselves on the conduct and results of the learners,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 24, 2019 11:35:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The impact of service delivery protests affects schooling big time. Most teachers come from outside the township and during a protest, they can’t come into the township. We have recorded a total of eight school days disrupted. You can imagine the effect it had on the education system. Even though we have recovery programs in place to assist learners, it is still a setback,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 24, 2019 11:35:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Although there have been eight days interrupted in total by the service delivery protests, there has always been a 97 percent attendance at our schools despite the socio-economic factors at play, we as the department pride ourselves on the conduct and results of the learners,” External link

iol Wednesday, July 24, 2019 8:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Gauteng Department ) : “The department has been reasonable and considerate to allow for the first time in the history of online admissions in Gauteng, that the application period remained open for applications during the June/July school holidays, essentially allowing parents an additional 15 weekdays to make applications,” “Our records reflect that parents took full advantage of this opportunity, as 8 069 applications were registered during that period” External link

dailymaverick Monday, July 22, 2019 3:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “If the parent does not accept one offer of placement within seven days, the learner will automatically be placed at one of the schools that made the offer. Parents are therefore urged to accept offers as soon as they are received,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, July 22, 2019 3:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “As a province, we are pleased that the parent population and stakeholders in Gauteng have embraced the use of the online application. This groundbreaking online application has provided the department with credible and reliable information. We will therefore continue to enhance this system and link it to other existing government systems to further strengthen the credibility of the information attained,” External link

iol Sunday, July 21, 2019 1:39:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Furthermore, parents are advised that the waiting list numbers allocated (WA1 to WA4) will not be the basis to allocate placement. Information in the system and documents provided will be considered to justify placement offers," External link

iol Sunday, July 21, 2019 1:39:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We welcome the arrest of implicated learners, this is a sign of the cooperation agreement with the police to attend to these kinds of acts occurring closer to our schools,” External link

the-star Tuesday, July 16, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We welcome the arrest of the implicated learners. This is a sign of the cooperation agreement with the police to attend to these kind of acts occurring closer to our schools. We have sent our psycho social unit to support the staff and learners at the school, including the victims and their families,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, July 16, 2019 5:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We welcome the arrest of the implicated learners. This is a sign of the cooperation agreement with the police to attend to these kind of acts occurring closer to our schools. We have sent our psycho social unit to support the staff and learners at the school, including the victims and their families,” External link

sanews Tuesday, July 16, 2019 4:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “People of Katlehong, this is what is left of Katlehong Primary School because the community is protesting against lack of electricity. This is completely unacceptable. Forget it if you think we will fix it! You will see to finish” External link

citizen Monday, July 8, 2019 11:22:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : “I think we need to remain firm and stand strong against this kind of behaviour. It’s starting to be a fashion and we need to stop it. If we don’t, it will continue like this. I see no reason why, if people are protesting against electricity, they need to burn a school – a primary education nogal… I must be honest, I am gutted. When I went to see the school, I just feel we can’t tolerate this, we must put an end to it and we must put a stop to it to say we are not going to do so. We’re not going to fix that school,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, July 4, 2019 6:42:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "I'm not here to produce somebody who will be a Mabena in Gauteng. I'm here to produce the brightest sparks of our time. That is why our investment of more than R240 million for you to be here...we want it to be an investment that all of us can be proud of. Every top three learners in Gauteng, from each and every school, as this government [department] that I am proud to lead, we give those students a four year bursary to study at an institution of their choice," External link

iol Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:55:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "Ask everyone that is here. We came here looking for gold in the mines. That gold is gone. The future gold is you. You're the ones that are going to create jobs and you're the ones that are going to defend this province as the economics hub of our country. You can't be an economic hub of the country when you can't even calculate," External link

iol Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:55:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “There can be Afrikaans, Sepedi, and English in a school so that children can play together during break time,” External link

citizen Wednesday, June 26, 2019 1:31:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We welcome this sanction and urge educators to refrain from all types of misconduct as they should lead by example to ensure that learners mirror their conduct in creating a safe schooling environment, conducive for effective teaching and learning,” External link

citizen Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:18:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We encourage learners never to listen to anybody who tells them not to tell, for fear of victimisation. Learners must report such incidents to their parents, police or any other trusted figure of authority,” External link

citizen Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:18:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To treat you like a criminal is very simple, we will open the doors and the gates of our schools and say, ‘please leave us’,” External link

iol Saturday, June 15, 2019 11:53:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It’s very simple, we will open the doors and gates of our schools and say (leave us alone, go find your peers outside and we know that your peers end up in orange overalls),” External link

iol Saturday, June 15, 2019 11:53:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : “I want to go to school [safely]. I want to plead with you, if you have not established a disciplinary committee with competent people, please do so now. We must take this fight back to these bullies and culprits. We are pleading with you,” External link

citizen Friday, June 14, 2019 2:51:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We are pleading with you. If you want to be a student, we will treat you as a student but if you want to be a criminal, we will treat you as a criminal and to treat you like a criminal is very simple, we open the doors and gates of our schools and say [leave us alone, go find your peers outside and we know that your peers end up in orange overalls],” External link

citizen Friday, June 14, 2019 2:51:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “I’m ashamed, my dear children, that as I’m speaking to you now, we’ve got about 13 children across the province that are appearing in court for various crimes that they’ve committed outside the school premises. It’s embarrassing,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We instructed departmental officials to go to all courts to establish the number of learners that are charged in court and the number of pupils that are about to appear in court,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi added : “Learners with court matters need to declare these to the department for it to take the necessary steps,” External link

iol Wednesday, June 12, 2019 11:57:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “No revenge means no revenge. It should be a battle of constructive ideas and not of weapons. People should sympathise with the perpetrator, and his family must extend friendship to the affected family,” External link

iol Wednesday, June 12, 2019 11:57:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We wish to congratulate the SA Police Service for their swift response which led to the arrest of the perpetrator, we also call upon parents to assist to instill discipline in our schools,” External link

citizen Tuesday, June 4, 2019 3:05:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We’ve got a programme where we are taking problematic learners to stay in a prison for a day just to interact with prisoners, so that they can have an idea of what is happening in jail and that has assisted us because we now have a number of them withdrawing from gang related matters,” External link

citizen Monday, June 3, 2019 8:21:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Some parents received WA4 reference numbers instead of WA1. It was because the feeder zone maps were slow to load, due to the network connectivity, and as such, parents opted for the within 30km radius. This is receiving attention. Parents must not panic as we are working on rectifying the glitch. No one will be disadvantaged, especially those staying closer to the schools” External link

the-star Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi stated ( about Jan Smuts ) : “Others names like Jan Smuts will also fall,” External link

citizen Tuesday, May 21, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi responded : “Let’s deal with it urgently” External link

citizen Tuesday, May 21, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “It tells us where we need to build new schools where there's a huge demand, which in turn would enable us to expand the school,” External link

the-star Tuesday, May 21, 2019 10:54:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “There might be some delays, and I want to say to parents who are saying to parents please try, try and try until you get through,” External link

mg Monday, May 20, 2019 2:10:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Those people who thought that our children should be garden boys and tea girls are scared that our children will be actuarial scientists like their kids,” External link

the-star Monday, May 20, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : “All parents will be given equal opportunity to apply for their children,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 19, 2019 4:48:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “Anyone who accuses us of not consulting with them is not being honest,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 19, 2019 4:48:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : "This (30km radius) is revolutionary. No child in Soweto will be denied the right to attend a school in Fourways because of where they were born... Apartheid was man-made system, and it will take man to fix it," External link

the-star Sunday, May 19, 2019 3:32:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi told : "All parents will be given equal opportunity to apply for their children," External link

nampa Sunday, May 19, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The department is pleased to announce that the capacity of the Admissions Online Application System has been increased to accommodate 50 000 simultaneous users,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, April 30, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi explained : “For this reason, applicants are urged to use their own valid cell phone number or email address. All communication with the parent regarding username, password, waiting list reference number, will be conducted through the supplied cell phone number or email address,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, April 30, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “In case none of the documents are available, the school will accept the learner provisionally. However, the parent must submit proof to the school within two weeks that they have applied for the documentation,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, April 30, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The department is pleased to announce that the capacity of the Admissions Online Application System has been increased to accommodate 50 000 simultaneous users,” External link

sanews Monday, April 29, 2019 6:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi explained : “For this reason, applicants are urged to use their own valid cell phone number or email address. All communication with the parent regarding username, password, waiting list reference number, will be conducted through the supplied cell phone number or email address,” External link

sanews Monday, April 29, 2019 6:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “In case none of the documents are available, the school will accept the learner provisionally. However, the parent must submit proof to the school within two weeks that they have applied for the documentation,” External link

sanews Monday, April 29, 2019 6:12:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “The post-apartheid state has made strides to build a unified, non-racial and non-sexist education system and to redistribute resources to ensure equitable access to quality education across the public-school system” External link

the-star Monday, April 29, 2019 11:00:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “parents should understand that living closer to the school does not entitle a person to automatic admission. Placement will depend on the time the application was made and availability of space in the school” External link

dailymaverick Monday, April 29, 2019 2:14:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “when applying online, parents have a choice to submit a maximum of five applications, either using a home address, an applicant’s sibling who attends the school being applied to, work address of either one of the parents, if the applicant lives within a 30km radius and if the applicant lives beyond a 30km radius” External link

dailymaverick Monday, April 29, 2019 2:14:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “I don’t want to oppose anything; I really feel that the lawyers must meet and find a solution and find the middle ground. I didn’t sit under the tree and said the structure must fall,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “I don’t want to oppose anything; I really feel that the lawyers must meet and find a solution and find the middle ground. I didn’t sit under the tree and said the structure must fall,” External link

the-star Wednesday, April 24, 2019 4:06:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “An eye for an eye makes all of us blind, and you don't use violence to resolve problems because we're going to turn the entire situation into a violent situation,” External link

the-star Friday, April 19, 2019 3:51:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have committed that a budget to replace Oakdale Secondary School has been approved, and as such, this school will be replaced. "However, we hope the community will yield to our call and allow the children to go back to school,” External link

the-star Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:57:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “We have committed that a budget to replace Oakdale Secondary school has been approved and as such, this school will be replaced. It is disappointing that we must resort to drastic measures for our children to be afforded deserved education. However, we hope the community will yield to our call, and allow children to go back to school,” External link

citizen Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:38:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “This unwarranted and unruly behaviour by our learners is shocking and is an extreme violation of a school’s code of conduct, which learners are expected to adhere to. These shocking school violent incidents can never be condoned and must be condemned with contempt,” “The creation of a safe and conducive learning environment has reached critical point and is not negotiable. Our learners must be given an opportunity to develop and ultimately reach their full potential without any hindrance” External link

citizen Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:38:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said : “To be a generation that tells government to keep their RDP house because you will build your own house,” External link

citizen Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:22:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi afirmou : "Eu não acredito que haja uma desculpa e precisamos agir de forma decisiva" External link

extra Thursday, June 23, 2016 11:59:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi declarou : "O setor tem que ser regulado" External link

jn Tuesday, February 3, 2015 7:28:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi declarou : "O setor tem que ser regulado" External link

DiarioDigital Tuesday, February 3, 2015 7:14:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi declarou : "O setor tem que ser regulado" External link

dnoticias Tuesday, February 3, 2015 6:32:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi déclaré : «Nous devons réguler ce secteur» External link

lessentiel-lu-fr Tuesday, February 3, 2015 6:11:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi déclaré : «Nous devons réguler ce secteur» External link

lavenir Tuesday, February 3, 2015 4:03:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
department head3.85%EN11/12/201612/11/2016
premier of gauteng3.85%EN07/21/201621/07/2016
secretário3.85%PT06/23/201623/06/2016
spokesperson53.85%EN10/29/201329/10/2013
education spokesman11.54%EN09/23/201323/09/2013
spokesman23.08%EN08/19/201319/08/2013
Names Lang Count
Panyaza LesufiEN88.67%
Panyaza LesufiFR10.02%
Panyaza LesufiPT1.31%


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Steve Mabona said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “MEC Lesufi undertook to escalate it to the province” External link

citizen Friday, January 31, 2020 2:44:00 AM EAT

Adele Myburgh told ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “From what we understand, a number of boys fell from the raft and scrambled to get back onto it again. That was the last time [Enock] was seen. Parktown Boys High released a statement in the early hours of Thursday morning 16 January revealing that a boy had gone missing during the rafting excursion Teachers at the s chool have c o me under fire on for being negligent as it appears there was a 12-hour delay before the alarm was raised about the m issing boy Lesufi noted this apparent time gap , saying he was only notified of the incident in the late hours of Thursday evening The timelines concern me,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 17, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “From what we understand, a number of boys fell from the raft and scrambled to get back onto it again. That was the last time [Enock] was seen. Parktown Boys High released a statement in the early hours of Thursday morning 16 January revealing that a boy had gone missing during the rafting excursion Teachers at the s chool have c o me under fire on for being negligent as it appears there was a 12-hour delay before the alarm was raised about the m issing boy Lesufi noted this apparent time gap , saying he was only notified of the incident in the late hours of Thursday evening The timelines concern me,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 17, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Anton Alberts said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “The FF Plus plans to launch various actions this year to improve the Gauteng school system and to neutralise Lesufi’s political influence,” External link

citizen Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:24:00 AM EAT

Ernst Roets said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “Lesufi goes on TV, says AfriForum is following him and his children, is hacking his bank account and is trying to assassinate him,” External link

citizen Sunday, November 24, 2019 9:58:00 PM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “Some schools and regions are defined as higher pressure due to the fact that they reached their capacity when the placement period started. As of November 4, 2019, the number of schools that have reached their capacity is 391. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has apologised to angry parents. "Some schools in the township, such as Unity (Secondary) in Daveyton and Bhukulani (Senior Secondary) in Soweto received more than 1000 applications against the total capacity of 150 and 210 respectively. This demonstrates that the investment by GDE in township schools is paying off,” External link

the-star Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Panyaza Lesufi said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : "How seriously‚ Mr Lesufi‚ can we take this ANC PEC on corruption when these two members have been re-elected?" External link

businessday Sunday, August 18, 2019 6:38:00 AM EAT

Steve Mabona said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “We wish to emphasize that. Lesufi is taking this insinuation that he is a racist seriously,” External link

citizen Saturday, August 3, 2019 1:11:00 AM EAT

Steve Mabona said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “By (today) we should be starting with our exams and we will continue to monitor the situation. Any allegations of gangsterism and drugs, as the MEC (Panyaza Lesufi) indicated - need to be reported. People must not just do interviews with the media and not assist us with the information. It is important to impart knowledge, so that we know,” External link

the-star Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Solly Msimanga said ( about Panyaza Lesufi ) : “Panyaza Lesufi is a spin doctor. What does he know about finance? The DA will ask Moroka Swallows whether they will provide a reference as to his capabilities,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, May 29, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT