The community members and learners at Kantolo Location in Mbizana, were thrilled as Eastern Cape Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane, joined by Communications & Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and Sport, Arts & Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa handed over a R 40 million worth fully equipped Technical School to the community recently.
The School, which is named after the legendary struggle icon, Oliver Reginald Tambo is located in Kantolo Location, Mbizana where the legendary O.R Tambo was born and bred.
Initially, Oliver Reginald Tambo Technical High School was opened in 1996 and is currently classified as a Quintile 3 school. In 2017, the school was identified as having insufficient and inadequate infrastructure to promote a conducive teaching and learning environment. The Eastern Cape Education Department formed partnership with several organizations to create a legacy in honour of the late Oliver Reginald Tambo and to mark the Centenary Celebrations of this great icon. The partnership in this undertaking includes Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), Maths & Science Infinity (MSI), Road Accident Fund (RAF) and Eskom.
As part of the programme, a newly renovated library with 30 brand new Huawei laptops was officially opened by Premier on the day.
The school enrolls about 143 learners a year from Mbizana and surrounding areas like Kokstad and Flagstaff. The following subjects are offered at the school; Civil Technology, electrical Technology, Mathematical Technology, Technical Mathematics, Technical sciences, Engineering Graphics & Design, Isixhosa Home Language, English First Additional Language, Life Orientation, Mathematics and Physical Science.
Plans are underway to roll-out additional infrastructure as phase 2, and this will primarily be donated by Eskom and will include, amongst others a Civil Engineering Workshop, and an Electrical & Mechanical Workshop.