President Jacob Zuma yesterday, 22 October 2017, addressed the 500 years commemoration of the launch of the reformation of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa and sent good wishes to the Matric class of 2017 at the ABSA Stadium in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
When addressing over twenty thousands Lutherans, President Zuma asked the congregants to pray for leaders and society at large to have good hearts. He also extended his condolences to people of Somalia who had perished during a bomb attack which killed over three hundred people recently.
The President thanked the church for their role over the years in the rural development by building schools and assisting in health care institutions.
President also had a special message for the Matric class of 2017 who began writing their examinations today, 23 October 2017.
We need to join hands and pray for our matriculants. This is the most defining moment and a critical period for our 2017 matric leaners and the country at large. We wish our Class of 2017 all the best in their National Senior Certificate final examinations. We urge all our learners to remain focused and to give their best as they have reached this critical phase of their education and ensure that they make the country proud by producing the best matric results ever, said President Zuma.
We wish to also remind all our learners that the future of this country is in their hands and it is only education and their sharp minds that will assist us to fight the challenges facing their communities and the country particularly those of poverty, unemployment and inequality, the President added.
President Zuma has called on parents, relatives and all South Africans to provide maximum support to all matric leaners to ensure that they are well equipped as they prepare for their examination.
President Zuma also appealed to matric learners to abstain from copying and cheating as these acts had the potential of destroying their future and called for authorities to take necessary precaution to avoid such acts.
Government will continue to provide necessary support to all our matriculants and teachers during this critical period and beyond. We wish to also remind our matriculants of the many opportunities provided by Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs) colleges and other vocational training centres. Our youth must look beyond academic careers and also consider technical fields that will contribute to improving economic growth of our country, President Zuma said.
Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa