Butterworth celebrates victory in School Nutrition Programme

Posted on Friday, 26 May 2017

By Cheera Dee Robinson

Category: Latest News

Eastern Cape Department of Education’s Butterworth District claims victory, for being number one in the country for their School Nutrition Program.  A memorable celebration was held at the Butterworth District office on the 24th May 2017, for their outstanding achievement.

Butterwoth District and Ithembelihle Primary of King Williams Town District were nominated as finalists as the best performing District and School in the implementation of NSNP in the Eastern Cape Province.  The district and school were sent to compete nationally with Districts and Schools from other Provinces.

The provincial NSNP Coordinator together with Butterworth Officials were invited to attend the National Award Ceremony for finalists, in the Western Cape, were Butterworth was awarded the best district in South Africa and Ithembelihle Primary School as one of the national finalists by the Department of Basic Education.

NosisaSwendu, National School Nutrition Program Director, graced the occasion saying, “Here we are assembled to celebrate excellence, here we are assembled to celebrate success and we are here because of that outstanding display of excellence in monitoring and support at our schools.

1.7 millionLearners rely on the School Nutrition Program daily andBabiniMzimane, Assistant Director for Planning and Monitoring, goes the extra mile to make sure that the SNP coordinators monitor and support schools, so that learners get a well balanced meal every day.   Mzimane strives in three areas, one, the actual feeding scheme, where learners get a meal daily, two, to get the school to be self sustained through the planting of gardens, and three, Educate on nutrition.

From 1994 the SNP has been running, but back then bread, peanut butter and juice was served.  BabalwaMatolengwe the SNP coordinator for East London District says, “We have come a long way since then and now we serve a fully balanced nutritional meal tour learners, of which most are dependent on.

With pride and excitement, Butterworth District received a brand new bakkie for their Program, R80 000 from one of the Department of Basic Educations partners Tiger Brand Foundation and R120 000 from the Provincial Department of Education, together with certificates and trophies.

Butterworth District Director, Mxotwa proudly said, “A support system is very critical, and in this district we have a very good one, Halala Butterworth Halala.

Well done SNP, keep up the outstanding work.

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Honour Nyameko Bongoza commented on 31 May, 2017 02:58

This is evidence of good work done by NSNP Team. Pockets of excellence are much appreciated. Keep up the good work! The sky is the limit!

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Sinalo Sive Simayile commented on 08 Jun, 2017 12:30

Well done Butterworth, keep up the good work.

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Sinalo Sive Simayile commented on 08 Jun, 2017 12:23

Well done Butterworth, keep up the good work...The program is really come a long way to get to where it is today... As one of the beneficiaries of the programme, I would really love to thank whoever is behind the program together with the provincial team for always providing support to the district officials, ensuring that a balanced meal is served on time everyday!

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Eddie Mteto commented on 11 Jun, 2017 07:59

Indeed well done to Butteworth District but I would like to extend to congratulate my former colleague Mbongeni Makanda. This guys has always been passionate about running this program which made it so easy as I was coordinating it whilst I was working for Vulindlela JSS where myself got an award as best performing school a few years back. Keep it up Mtaka Makanda and your team nenze utshintsho ukuphuhluseni ezintsana zisuka kumakhaya ahluphekayo nangathathi ntweni ukuze bakwazi ukumamela kwaye bathathe inxaxheba ngokupheleleyo kwamagumbi okufundela bangamiswa kukukhala kwethumbu. Phambili BTC Phambili!!!

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Waldo commented on 27 Jun, 2017 06:24

other Eastern Cape districts should learn from this instead of fighting over these nutrition grants and misusing them for their personal gain. congratulation Butterworth

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