The SABC partnered with Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) through the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance (MGSLG) to host MGSLG annual memorial lecture in honour of the late struggle icon and education activist, Matthew Goniwe on Thursday 10 May at SABC Radio part, at Auckland-park.
The purpose of the lecture was to commemorate the life and the times of the late struggle Matthew Goniwe under the theme “The Pursuit of Excellence in the Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century.” The GDE last hosted the memorial lecture in 2008 and the MGSLG board has now been mandated to resuscitate the memorial lecture to sustain the Matthew Goniwe legacy.
Representing the SABC was GE: Radio Ms Nada Wotshela, who said it’s such an honour for the SABC to partner with MGLSG in commemorating and remembering one of the greatest freedom fighter of our time. “As the SABC our mandate is not only educate, inform and entertain but the biggest part of our mandate is to preserve our history and to restore the dignity of South Africans through our various initiatives on and off air, TV and radio programmes and initiatives that the broadcaster continues to support through SABC Foundation and other structures of the SABC. We do everything in our power to expose the tragedies of apartheid so that the country cannot go back to that dark-past and it’s a privilege for the SABC to partner and play host of such occasion” she concluded.
Speaking at the event was the Minister of Basic Education; Mrs Angie Motshekga who revered Matthew Goniwe’s leadership and his ability to balance his role as a teacher and passion for politics. The Minister described Goniwe as “one of the country’s leaders of a very high caliber who led by example and who was hailed as a disciplined and dedicated teacher. His focus during the early years was on political education among the youth and attached importance to formal education which has now become part of what formed the country’s new academic.
The event was broadcasted live on Radio 2000 and Umhlobo Wenene FM.
By Patrick Motsitsi
Picture: Lungelo Mbulwana