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National Development Plan

South Africa’s National Development Plan: A roadmap to inclusive and quality education

Day 1: 12 July

10h25 – 11h15:

Keynote Panel Address

Education Revolution: Using education as a platform to create global citizens who have the necessary skills to promote economic growth and sustainability within Africa

Moderator: Claire Mawisa, Investigative Journalist, Carte Blanche

Brian Wafawarowa, Executive Director: Learning Services, Pearson

Dr Steven McKee, President & Founder,  Labtech International, Ltd

Mr Douglas Hoernle, Director, Karri School Payments

11h30 – 12h15:

Information Session: Unpacking Chapter Nine of the National Development Plan.

Strengthening and Streamlining CAPS to meet NDP Goals

Speaker Ntantala Nkosiphendule Fairbrother, President, NAPTOSA

12h45 – 13h30:

Further Education and Training:  Making graduates employable, creating a diverse work force and meeting the needs of the country’s economy

Speaker: Gizelle McIntyre, Executive Director, Institute of People Development

14h00 – 14h45: 

Second Chance Model:

Partnering with industry to create employment for the youth through a Second Chance Programme

Speaker: Serufe Molefe, Research and Development Coordinator, ORT SA

15h15 – 16h00:

Combatting the limited human resources within ETDP-SETA, to increase the number of accredited facilitators, assessors and moderators within the sector

Speaker: Ofentse Manyane, Braille Instructor  Blind SA

16h15 – 17h00:

School Finances: Understanding the spending patterns of your institution, how to make wise and prevent wastage

Speaker: Dr Jaco Deacon, Deputy CEO, FEDSAS


NETWORKING COCKTAIL EVENING: Visitor Lunch Area, EduWeek Exhibition

Guest Speaker: Rusty Labuschagne (Successful businessman, ranger and former test-rugby player in Zimbabwe)


Day 2: 13 July

10h00 – 10h45:

Keynote Address

Adaptive learning: Using data to inform learning and encourage educational democracy and formative assessment methods

Jaye Richards-Hill, Business Development Manager – Microsoft World-Wide Education Team, Microsoft Corporation

11h00 – 11h40: 

Practical strategies to empower visually impaired learners and teachers in a world geared to sight.

Speaker: Christo de Klerk, Chairperson Braille Committee, Blind SA & Johnson Mdluli, O&M practitioner, Blind SA

12h05 – 12h45:

Continuous Professional Development: All you need to know.

  • Aims and objectives of the CPD programme
  • Available courses
  • Future plans for the programme


Jaye Richards-Hill, Business Development Manager – Microsoft World-Wide Education Team, Microsoft Corporation

Karen Durandt, Learning Space Specialist, Vastratech, Ronelle Klinck, Teacher Ambassador, Microsoft

Angela Schaerer, Teacher Engagement Manager, Microsoft

Karen Greyling, Head of Design & Development: Learning & Assessment Solutions, Pearson

13h10 – 13h50:

The linguistic challenges of mathematics in teaching and learning

Speaker: Dr Nomsa Dlamini, CEO, Sahkiwo Health and Infrastructure Solutions

14h15 – 14h55:

Understanding how big data fits into the South African education context

  • What is big data
  • How do we access it
  • What do we do with it

Speaker: Andile Zuma, Consultant, New Leaders Foundation

15h10 – 15h45:

Siphesihle Bukhosini, CEO & Co-Founder, Isibusiso Esihle Science Discovery Centre

Exposing youth to possibilities beyond their day-to-day lives

16h00:  Event Closes