Interns to strengthen communications in districts

The recent placement of District Communication Representatives will advance the NECT’s efforts to effectively communicate to stakeholders at a regional level.

The National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) has officially employed eight District Communication Representatives (DCRs) in eight districts including Vhembe, Waterberg, Bojanala, Bohlabela, Mt Frere, Libode, uThungulu and Pinetown, through a partnership with the ETDP SETA.

The placement of these DCRs is critically important to the success of the NECT, for as much as it is important to communicate on a national basis to funders and key stakeholders, it is equally important that there is consistent communication at a district level to relevant local stakeholders. 

The DCRs’ responsibility will be to implement all district communications, for example writing articles (in English and local languages), meeting regularly with relevant stakeholders, attending district meetings, visiting projects and reporting on them, liaising with local media and managing the NECT database at a district level, amongst other things.

The DCRs attended an orientation week from 3 August to 7 August at the NECT Head Office in Centurion, where they received training on various skills. They commenced work in their districts within the second week in August.

Meet the NECTs DCRs

Vhembe District

Danoline Hanyane (BA Communications Science)

“I am excited about working at the NECT; I am looking forward to joining the team that is turning education around in the country.”


Waterberg District

Melba Dimakatso Tholo (National Diploma Public Relations)

“I am ready to take on this new challenge in my life and career, and can’t wait to add value to my team.”





Bojanala District

Bokang Pheto (BA Communications Science)

“This is indeed a great opportunity for me, as I intend to put the communications practice on the map, and to prove to people in other fields that communications matter.”



Bohlabela District

Mmaphefo Hendrietta Nthane (BA Social Sciences)

“I intend to play a role in making the NECT a success”




Mt Frere District

Matthews Mfubu (National Diploma Journalism)

“This is an opportunity that is going to allow me to improve things in my district, in the Eastern Cape and in South Africa. I want to be part of the change”.



Libode District

Azukiwe Mpokeli (BA Communications)

“I am working with such a wonderful team with great intentions for South Africa, I am inspired and I know I will enjoy working with everyone. I want to learn a lot as much as possible even through the challenging times”.



Pinetown District

Busisiwe Mabaso (BA Communications Science)

“I am looking forward to the experience I will gain from this experience, I am looking forward to using this opportunity to craft my career.”


uThungulu District

James Mbiza (BA Communications Science)

“I am ready for this great task that will change the country.”

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