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NW EDUCATION LOSES FIVE LEARNERS FROM SHACK FIRE
 
The North West Education and Sport Development school community is saddened by the sad news of five learners who died after their shack caught fire on Thursday, 23 March 2017 at Madibogopan near Delaryville. 
 
The five learners are  Oratile Tsubane (10) a Grade 5 learner, Keitumetse Tsubane (8) Grade 3 learner, Refilwe Tsubane (5) Grade R learner – all at Madibogo Primary School while  Kutlwano Tsubane (6)  was till at Early Childhood Development and Tshwarelo Tsubane (4) had not yet started  school. 
These minors were left alone at night by a relative who is alleged to have visited a neighbour. It is believed that they slept with candlelight on which fell off and burnt their shack to flames.
 
A delegation from social cluster departments- Education and Sport Development and Social Development visited the family upon receiving these sad news to convey message of condolences and to render counselling to family and friends.
MEC Sello Lehari who is deeply touched by this tragic death says this incident has a huge impact on the school community and the improvement of literacy in the education system.
 
“I am deeply touched. This untimely death has brought a realisation that as department of Education and Sport Development; we groom little minds so we can make our country a better place through them. They are our future, and to bury these little ones is to bury our beacon hope.  We cry with the Tsumane family during this time”, said Lehari.
 
The Department will also ensure counselling is received by their affected teachers and friends at school. 
 
Memorial service will take place today, 29 March 2017 at Madibogo primary School while funeral will be held at the family house in Madibogopan on Saturday 01 April 2017.