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Nellmapius opening28 September 2016 - On Friday 23 September MEC Panyaza Lesufi opened the Nellmapius Secondary School. The school is one of 17 top of the range educational facilities that the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID) will hand over to the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) in townships across the province each month until 2017.

The expansion of the Nellmapius area, situated in the Northern Development Corridor of Gauteng Region, south-west of Mamelodi, has seen a high demand for learner placement in recent years. This has necessitated the construction of new, modern educational facilities to equip learners with the relevant skills as envisioned by the Gauteng Provincial Government’s Radical Transformation, Modernisation and Re- industrialisation strategy.

Nellmapius Secondary School is the first school built in this area and will go a long way to relieve pressure in other surrounding schools.


Quality of education in townships

Opening ceremonyThe school is one of 17 schools that the Department of Infrastructure Development will hand over to the Gauteng Department of Education as top of the range educational facilities in townships are planned across the province each month until 2017.

The schools boast high end learning facilities as GDE MEC Lesufi has committed that “Our learners will get quality education where they reside.” Children in the area will no longer travel long distances and this will reduce scholar transport demand currently offered by the GDE.

The school is a modern information technology based facility with a design based on a prototype that incorporates the Department of Basic Education (DBE) National Schools Infrastructure Norms and Standards. The school falls in the mega school category due to its size that responds to the demand trends encountered across the province.

“The provision of schools with modern facilities in townships will go a long way to improve and transform the quality of education in the townships. It will also change the township economy,” says MEC Lesufi. “The school design follows a new template for secondary schools, which among others include smart classrooms, smart science labs, sports facilities, and green facilities,” says GDID MEC Jacob Mamabolo.


Facilities and features

Nellmapius school insideMEC Mamabolo has issued the Gauteng Department of Education with a certificate of completion of construction of the more than R104 million state of the art facility. The document is to certify that the construction of school has been delivered, as per the DBE’s requirements and specifications.

Unique facilities and features:

  • 30 Smart Classrooms
  • 2 Smart Science laboratories
  • 2 Smart Multi-purpose rooms
  • 1 computer laboratory
  • A library
  • Nutrition centre and dining
  • Courtyards
  • A guard house
  • Covered walkways
  • Sports facility
  • Soccer and rugby field
  • Combi courts (to accommodate netball, basketball and tennis courts)
  • Refuse yard
  • Pump Room
  • Generator room


The school is also a green school equipped with the following:

  • Roof Insulation (reduces energy loss from the buildings)
  • Glazing (that maximises natural light into the building and reduces energy loss from the building)
  • Energy saving lighting (LED Light fittings)
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Landscaping
  • Insulated walls for heat conservation and soundproof
  • 120m3 Underground rainwater harvesting tank


The total cost of the project is R104 130 421.60


History and renaming

Nellmapius Secondary School has come a long way from sharing the same yard with Nellmapius Primary School in 2003 when the school was established. In 2004, Nellmapius Secondary School relocated to Mamelodi West in the old campus of M.L Msezane Primary School.

The new SGB will look into the renaming of the school, which is by default currently named after Alois Hugo Nellmapius, (5 May 1847 - 27 July 1893). Nellmapius was a South African businessman, industrialist and pioneer conservationist, born in Budapest, raised in Vienna, and trained as an engineer in the Netherlands; he arrived in South Africa on board the ship Nathan in 1873. Nellmapius is believed to have been very good friends with President Kruger, and the Centurion suburb, Irene, was named after his daughter. Source:

Source: Media statement issued by Gauteng Provincial Department 


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