About

Welcome to the website of the Mandela School of Science & Technology, Mvezo’s first secondary school.

This school gives young people the opportunity to improve the quality of life – not only for themselves, but for generations to come. It is located in Mvezo, a village on the banks of the Mbashe River in the Eastern Cape. It is also the birthplace of Nkosi Dalibhunga Mandela. His lifelong dream to build a secondary school in the village of his birth was made possible by Siemens, the Mvezo Development Trust and the South African Department of Education. With a focus on engineering, science, technology and agriculture, the Mandela School of Science & Technology empowers students with the knowledge and the skills to change their world. Siemens, the electrical engineering and electronics firm and the world’s largest provider of environmental technologies, has provided the necessary funding and has built the school. The Mvezo Development Trust, was set up by the Chief Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela and a council of two headmen and representatives in order to bring economic development to the people of the community.

HISTORY

History 1
Peter Loescher, former CEO of Siemens AG, makes a commitment to Nelson Mandela to support the building of a school in Mvezo.
History 2
A first highlight is the groundbreaking ceremony with Sigi Proebst, CEO of South Africa, and members of the community.
History 3
On International Mandela Day, various volunteers meet the local community in Mvezo as part of the 67 minutes volunteering campaign.
History 4
The construction of the school starts.
History 5
The Werner von Siemens Resource Centre is ready to receive concrete.
History 6
The excavations for the classroom blocks commence.
History 7
Community members are diligently helping to build the school.
History 8
The school hall is taking shape with foundations completed.
History 9
The yellow rondavel in the back houses the original Nkwenkwezi Primary School. It will remain on the premises of the Mandela School of Science & Technology.
History 11
Eastern Cape Premier Ms Noxolo Kiviet visits the building site.
History 13
Xhosa Women are starting to add the finishing touches.
History 14
Community members are multi-skilled in short skills like bricklaying, plastering, carpentry and plumbing.
History 15
The construction is well under way.
History 16
The school uses renewable energy such as wind turbines.
History 17
Administration building, school hall, sports pavilion and Werner von Siemens Resource Centre are completed.
History 18
On Mandela Day, Minister Motshekga, provincial officials, community leaders and Siemens executives, contribute 67 minutes of community service at the school.
History 19
Parents and learners of the feeder schools get informed about the Mandela School and its curriculum.
History 20
Solar panels are installed on the class room buildings.
History 21
Class rooms and laboratories are almost ready to use.
Tree of Wisdom
The Tree of Wisdom with quotes from Nelson Mandela has been erected.
420 learners start classes
420 learners start classes.
Opening
On 17 January, the school was officially opened by President Jacob Zuma, Chief Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela and Siegmar Proebstl, CEO Siemens Southern Africa.
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