Mandla Mandela is Nelson Mandela’s eldest grandson.
He was born in 1974 and first gained nationwide and international attention in 2007 when he was crowned the chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council.
The throne was given to him on a silver platter after Nelson Mandela declined to reclaim his leadership position, opting to combat the white rule in South Africa.
Education-wise, Mandela studied at the Rhodes University and was 32-year-old when he assumed the role as Chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council.
Mandla’s first and foremost duty is to settle scores among members of the Mvezo tribe. He was not required to weigh in on political matters, as stipulated traditionally.
Although it’s still not clear if he is required to encroach on legacies built in honour of his family but Mandla Mandela is currently standing accused of meddling in the affairs of the Mandela School of Science and Technology.
Reports also alleged that the traditional chief is accused of encouraging pupils at the school to rebel against the school principal Pat Toni. On several occasions, the chief was said to have addressed the students during assemblies without consulting the principal.
Five reliable and independent respondents, including the provincial education department confirmed that Mandla runs the school like his private home.
An education official who weighed in on the matter disclosed that Mandla runs the school from his Mvezo Great Place.
“Even the leadership of the provincial government is afraid to intervene at that school because they are scared of Mandla. You intervene at the school and the next thing, you get a call from Pretoria telling you to leave Mandla alone,” the education official said.
When contacted, Mandla refuted the claims. He was also supported by international engineering firm Siemens, who hailed him for being a big help.
The school principal, who is currently on “special leave” – pending an investigation by the provincial education department’s risk management unit – for having allegedly abused school funds, alleged that the special leave was masterminded by Mandla.
How Much Do You About Mandela School Of Science And Technology?
Perhaps, you know little or nothing about this great school but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered on every single detail you ever wanted to know.
- Mandela School of Science And Technology Is Located In Mvezo
The Mandela School of Science Technology is situated in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape region of the country. The village is small, and is mainly known as being the birthplace of Nelson Mandela.
2. The School Was Built By Siemens
The school was built by international engineering firm Siemens at a cost of R100m. We all know that Siemens is a household name in the world of electronics. Construction of the school began in October 2012 and got completed in 2014.
3. The School Started in January 2014
The MSST was opened by President Jacob Zuma in January 2014. The same year, new intakes were admitted for the new academic year. It welcomed Grade 8-10 learners in 2014, with Grade 11 and 12 to start in 2015 and 2016 respectively. So far, learners at the MSST attest that the school is one of South Africa’s most environmentally-friendly schools.
4. MSST Is One Of Siemens’ Biggest Social Investment
Did you know that the MSST has the capacity for 700 learners? In fact, factors that distinguish the school are its renewable energies, energy efficient lighting, automation systems, rainwater capture and water filtration technologies.
5. MSST Majors on Four Specialized Subjects Streams
These subjects streams focus on engineering, science, technology or agriculture and learners are allowed to choose one out of the four.