The Gauteng Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Education invites all Gauteng residents and all interested stakeholders to comment on the Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill of 2022.

This amended piece of legislation introduces a few changes to the South African Schools Act (SASA) of 1996, and the Employment of Educators Act (EEA) of 1998 (Act No. 76 of 1898), for relevance in the current education landscape.

The Bill also aims to ensure that systems of learning give effect to the right to basic education enshrined in section 29(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.

Among others, the latest amendments also include:

  • System improvements in terms of admission of learners to public schools.
  • Financial and public accountability frameworks for governing bodies and provincial departments.
  • Decision-making and oversight powers of heads of departments and members of the executive councils.

All interested individual stakeholders and organizations are invited to give their inputs by attending any of the Public Hearings scheduled below, online or in-person. Written submissions can also to be addressed to Mr. Thabo Kekana on 071 687 6735 or and the Committee Coordinator, Mr Pheello Mashiloane 071 687 6729 or Closing date for all written submissions is 16 February 2024.

3rd of February 2024 @ 11:30am: Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality – Uncle Tom’s Community Centre, Kumalo St, Orlando West, Soweto

26th of February 2024 @10:00am: Sedibeng and West Municipalities – Randfontein Local Municipality – IEC Hall, Corner Sutherland and Pollock Streets, Randfontein

28th of February 2024 @10:00am: Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality – Sam Hlalele Community Centre Main Hall, Andrew Mapheto Drive, Tembisa

01st of March 2024 @11:30am: Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality – Falala Community Hall (Soshanguve Block F), Soshanguve

For more information contact, Mr. Thabo Kekana on 071 687 6735, email: or Mr Pheello Mashiloane 071 687 6729, email:

You can download a copy of the Bill below. Alternatively, physical copies are available at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature situated at Corner City Hall Street and Helen Joseph Street, Johannesburg CBD or you can request the via email.