Local school now offers new career paths

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Magaliesburg Secondary School was recently transformed into a school that gives children who want to become farmers a brighter and more certain future.

Panyaza Lesufi, the MEC for Gauteng Education, reopened the school on Tuesday, 9 May after it was converted into a School of Specialisation that will focus on subjects such as agriculture, mining, tourism, veterinary sciences, and many others that are mostly farming related.

Pupils at this school will be exposed to the field of study they want to follow through investigations, field trips and first-hand experiences.

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The school, which was opened in 2014 and has 725 pupils, will also be able to house more pupils in the future, in their boarding facilities that can now accommodate 120 girls and 120 boys.

Learners at the school come from rural areas around Magaliesburg, such as Randfontein, Tarlton, Orient Hills, Hekpoort, Maanhaarrand, Rietpoort, Kromdraai and Brandvlei. Many of their parents are unemployed, while others are working on nearby farms.

The intention is to launch Schools of Specialisation in each of the five corridors in Gauteng, to respond to the skills needs in the region, the province and the country.

The school is located opposite the West Rand College (Wescol), which is a TVET college, offering agricultural subjects and hospitality as part of its curriculum. This means that learners who matriculate from the school can easily go to college, right across the street. The strong partnership between the Magaliesburg School of Specialisation and Wescol provides opportunities for learners to access National Certificates in Vocational Studies.

Schools of Specialisation (SoS) offer a highly specialised curriculum and seek to nurture the development of top talent in South Africa across key disciplines, breeding the country’s future generation of leaders. A graduate of a school of specialisation can look forward to multiple exit opportunities, including joining the labour market, opening a business or furthering their studies.

Further study opportunities include degrees and national diplomas in agricultural business, veterinary sciences, agricultural engineering/ food sciences/ management/ specialisation and consultancy, plant breeding/ genetics, rural practice surveying, farm management and many more.

These schools will also assist in addressing skills shortages in Gauteng by creating skilled labour for the economy that will respond to the Transformation, Modernisation and Re-Industrialisation Strategy of the Gauteng City Region.

Partnership opportunities exist with Agri-Seta, Flamingo Flowers (Pty) Ltd, Greenway Farms, Red Oak Farms, Columba Leadership Academy, Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Junior Achievement South Africa and many more.


The Grade 8 to 12 learners are currently following the CAPS curriculum, but from Grade 10 to 12, they will do hard-core specialisation. The learners will be exposed to a variety of activities linked to the specialisations offered. The school has 15 matric learners at present, but none of them are in the specialisation field.

The school has the following displays, which bear testimony to the diverse exposure provided to all learners, in preparation for their choice of specialisation from Grade 10, and for the world of work and entrepreneurship skills:

· a cattle display from Veeplaas (including a kraal)

· a chicken coop with 3-week-old chickens

· a hospitality display

· a seedling tunnel

· a vegetable garden (where spinach is grown)

· a flower display (from a plant nursery)

· a piggery, with two pigs

· a display of farm equipment

The learners will also be exposed to career opportunities through agricultural and hospitality exhibitions.

For more information, contact the Gauteng Department of Education’s Acting Head of Communication, Oupa Bodibe, on 011 355 1530 or 072 645 4569.

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