Free State Education Department of Education MEC, Tate Makgoe will be bestowed with the prestigious Ubuntu Award for Education by the Turquoise Harmony Institute on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 at Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.
The Award follows MEC Makgoe’s outstanding leadership role in steering the department to produce the highest pass rate in the country of 87.4% and ensuring that more learners access high education by offering them bursaries to study in the country and abroad.
The purpose of the Turquoise Harmony Institute Ubuntu Award is to pay tribute and award outstanding South Africans who are making contributions in the various fields, including education, human rights, inter- faith, peace and dialogue, reconciliation, media and sport.
Some of the recipients of the Ubuntu Awards are the late South African former President Nelson Mandela, anti- apartheid struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada and Graca Machel.
This year, Makgoe will be honoured alongside the respected Archbishop Emirates Desmond Tutu and Orlando Pirates Football Club Professor Adam Habib and many other recipients.
Makgoe attributed his success to learners, parents, educators and all stakeholders who were committed to the realization of the department’s vision to produce quality results.
Free State Premier, Ace Magashule said Makgoe’ leadership role lived up to the government mandate in making education the number one priority.