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Zuma to officially open school in Mvezo

The president will officially open the Mandela School of Science & Technology in Mvezo.

The president will officially open the Mandela School of Science & Technology in Mvezo. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.

MVEZO - President Jacob Zuma will officially open the newly built Mandela school of Science and Technology in Mvezo, Eastern Cape this morning.

The late Nelson Mandela was born in the village and this week the first high school in the area opened its doors to the community.

The principal at the school says parents were initially reluctant to enroll their children because it's a state of the art school and they weren't sure if just any child could attend.

It's an energy efficient school with windmills and solar panels, used to generate electricity.

It's currently accommodating over 400 pupils between grades 8 and 10, with the first matric class expected in 2016.

The school is significant for the community because now, for the first time, children can complete their secondary education from home instead of being sent away.

Chief Mandla Mandela at the Mandela School of Science and Technology in Mvezo. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.

The Mandela School of Science and Technology in Mvezo relies on solar panels and wind turbines for its electricity. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.

Students at the Mandela School of Science and Technology in Mvezo do an experiment in science class. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.