Press Release

14 May 2019

DIRCO Deputy Minister calls on young people to prioritise education as she gets her PHD degree

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Reginah Mhaule, has encouraged young people to pursue academic career. This was after the University of Fort Hare awarded her with a Doctorate Degree in Public Administration.

The title of Dr Mhaule's doctoral thesis: "The Implication of Teacher Development in the Improvement of Learner Achievement in the Kwa-Mhlanga sub-district of the Mpumalanga Province", was informed by a need to improve results in Mpumalanga Province where Dr Mhaule was the MEC of Basic Education.

“We need academics and we encourage young people in particular to pursue academic profession. Whatever that government is doing or plans to do need research. The outcomes of their research will enable us as government to respond accordingly to the needs of our people”, said Deputy Minister Mhaule.

“I am honoured to be part of this historic and august institution which has produced giants of our liberation struggle. My message to every South African is that it is possible to achieve your dreams”, added Deputy Minister Mhaule.

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the entire Team DIRCO have heartily congratulated Dr Mhaule on her achievement.

"We join your family in sharing this special day with you. Your great achievement is an inspiration to all of us. You made us all very proud", said Minister Sisulu.

The graduation ceremony was attended by Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Naledi Pandor, Deputy Minister of Basic, Enver Surty and Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Sfiso Buthelezi.

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