The year 2018 marked the commencement of the Leadership and Management 

Training Programme in the Eastern Cape with Marematlou Training Institute as the 

implementor. The actual roll-out of the programme spanned over three years, with 

approximately 2681 overall participants and across various districts within the 

Province. 

The first districts that were inducted for the training were Alfred Nzo East and Alfred 

Nzo West for the 2018/19 intake. Certification ceremonies were held on the 17th and 

19th of March 2020 respectively in honour of 499 successful participants in the above- 

mentioned programme. 

At the dawn of the implementation of restrictions set by the State President of the 

Republic of South Africa Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa of no gatherings of 100+ people – in 

response to the outbreak of the Corona Virus in South Africa, these ceremonies had 

to be adjusted according to the regulations. After consultation with the relevant 

provincial education departments, MTI managed to handover certificates of 

completion to School Principals, deputy principals and Head of Departments in groups 

of less than 100 people in the venue at a time (sanitizers came in very handy for these 

occasions). 

It is indeed unfortunate that the certificates that were due to be conferred to the 

Amathole East and Amathole West districts’ participants had to be cancelled because 

of this outbreak. MTI prides itself with the ability to recognise and award merit, 

creativity and innovation that is experienced through our tailor-made programmes.