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‘HEALTH OF THE LEARNERS COMES FIRST,’ SAYS MEC MAKATONG

Health MEC Fufe Makatong
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16 January – In an attempt to improve the health and well-being of our children at schools, the Northern Cape, MEC for Health Ms Fufe Makatong donated sanitary towels, school uniform vouchers and dignity packs for 300 deserving learners in the Pixley Ka Seme District.

The MEC’s visit to Phakamisa High School, Willie Theron Primary School and Orion High School was part of strengthening the School Health Programme in the province.

The MEC has committed towards rolling-out this campaign to other districts in the endeavour to improve children’s health and reducing health barriers to learning, as well as supporting learners to stay in school.

During the visit, learners were screened for nutritional and dental needs.

The target group for the school health programme is the entire population of learners including learners with special needs. The service is tailored according to the different developmental stages of childhood and specific health needs in various communities and schools.

The effective monitoring and evaluation provide government with an opportunity to address potential deficiencies that might have a negative impact towards achieving key targets set over the years. It also assists towards evidence-based planning and generating credible evidence for rational decision-making in the delivery of services to communities.

School Health programmes have an important role in ensuring that the Millennium Development Goals 2 and 3, which focus on achieving universal primary education and eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education, are achieved.  It also focuses on intensifying the sexual and reproductive health campaign and will greatly assist towards combating HIV and AIDS, and reducing maternal mortality and teenage pregnancy rates.

Issued by: Communications Department Health NC

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Thabo Mothibi is a former broadcast journalist (TV and Radio) – with specialist reporting experience; SABC Political/Parliamentary and TRC Teams over a period of five years (1995 to 2000).

One key foreign assignment - is the 11-nation African Connection Rally – overland journey from Africa’s northern-most pole in the coastal Tunisian city of Bizerte to the southern-most pole in South Africa’s Cape Agulhas. From the journalistic years, Thabo then delved into Government media liaison and serving two former Ministers and three MECs. He became the Northern Cape Provincial Government’s first department based Communications Director at Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development - 2008-2010 – where he also served as Head of Ministry from 2003 – 2008.

As a former anti-apartheid activist, his political background and professional training aided him in spearheading the Northern Cape ANC’s 2004 National Elections media and publicity campaign and that of the 2006 Local Government Elections.

Whilst based in Waterkloof in Pretoria -2010 to end 2011, he consulted for Manstrat Agricultural Intelligence, then returned to the Northern Cape in 2012 to date, to consult independently and pursue other entrepreneurial interests in media and communications through KwaVuko Communications and Marketing.

Thabo Mothibi obtained his NQF7 through Wits University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM) in Johannesburg, a Unilever Mandela Rhodes Academy for Marketing and Communications Academy (UMRA). The goal of the NQF7 programme was to educate and train public and private sector professional communicators and marketers in government communications..