MEC Dugmore salutes adult learners for promoting lifelong learning       
Georgina Adendorff of Forest Heights Community Learning Centre was one of the top ten learners that achieved the General Education and Training Certificate (GETC) in South Africa in 2005. All photos taken by Riedewaan Larney.

The second annual Awards for Adults took place on 22 March 2006 with thirty learners from 19 different centres receiving awards. The Awards for Adults celebrated the achievements of adult learners and centres at both ABET level 4 and Senior Certificate levels.


Learners received a certificate, presented by the MEC: Education, Cameron Dugmore, and the Head: Education in the Western Cape, Ron Swartz, as well as R1000 to spend on learning and support material in their further studies.


MEC Dugmore indicated that the South African government had prioritised the development of our human resources, which includes the transformation of our education and training system. In this respect it has consistently increased the financial allocation to education and training, and introduced transformational legislative and strategic developments at national and provincial level.


The result is that ABET level 4 is now placed on the first rung of the national qualifications framework, and is an important step towards ensuring that persons who have been unable to obtain a formal qualification or basic education in the past can access the NQF and continue their learning. (Click here for the complete speech by the MEC.)


Learners received awards for the critical learning areas, which include languages, Mathematical Literacy and Natural Sciences, and for the vocationally oriented learning areas Ancillary Health Care, Tourism, SMME and Applied Agriculture.


Popaea Cornelson of Forest Heights CLC is flanked by Superintendent General of the WCED, Ron Swartz and MEC Education Cameron Dugmore. Ms Cornelson received awards for excellence in Afrikaans and Natural Sciences at ABET level 4. Johannes Willemse of the City of Cape Town was one of the top learners in the Mathematical Literacy examination in 2005. The most senior learner to write one or more ABET level 4 learning areas was Mr Adam Jacobus Marias of Eureka adult learning centre. This centre, a satellite of Elsies River CLC, operates from the Adriaanse library in Elsies River, Cape Town. Audrey Sitole of Delft South CLC was one of the outstanding candidates who entered at least three learning areas during the October 2005 examination.

Danny Carelse, centre manager of Portland CLC in Mitchells Plain received awards for overall excellence as well as top adult centre for English First Language Higher Grade.  Ricardo Cyster of Burns Road CLC produced excellent results in English at ABET level 4. The top centres in specific learning areas were also honoured at the awards. The centre managers accepted the awards from the SG and MEC. (From left to right, Mr Tekana of Forest Heights - winners of awards for Natural Sciences, SMME and Tourism as well as overall excellence in the ABET level 4 examination; Mr Sayster of Woodstock CLC for Mathematical Literacy; Mr Brooderyk of Drakenstein Correctional Services for Afrikaans; Ms Koopman of Witzenberg CLC for English and Mr Spanenberg of Brandvlei Correctional Services for overall excellence and isiXhosa. Brandvlei also won the top award for Afrikaans at Senior Certificate level.) Veronica Daniels of Delft Community Learning Centre received the award for the top Senior Certificate adult centre in Xhosa First Language Higher Grade.

Special recognition awards were given to Mr Adam Marais (71), the most senior ABET level 4 learner and Mr Jeffrey Issel (52), the oldest learner to pass the Senior Certificate examination in 2005.


Excellent centres were also honoured on the evening for their results in the ABET level 4 and Senior Certificate examinations of 2005, receiving a certificate and R2000 to spend on learning and teaching support material.


Click here to view the complete list of winners.