About Us

Welcome to S.J v.d MERWE

Welcome to the SJ van der Merwe Technical High School Website. As you read through the pages of this site, you will learn about our wonderful students, our School, and get a feel for the vibrancy and strength of our wider community. We aim to give every student in our care the very best possible education in order to prepare them for life beyond school.

Our school is large enough to provide a broad and differentiated curriculum that caters for varied interests and abilities.We expect high standards in all that we do at SJ van der Merwe Technical High School.  We encourage our students to aim high in their studies, to work hard and to be sensitive to the rights and needs of others. Of course, this website cannot take the place of visiting our School; I warmly welcome you to visit our School by contacting us, and discover firsthand what makes a SJ van der Merwe Technical High School education so special. Let us keep the light burning for the benefit of our future and generations to come.

Streams offered

Matric pass% since 2003 - 2016,Graph and Challenges

  • Funder- Epoch and Optima Trust

The school since 2008 been identified as a beneficiary of Epoch and  optima Trust were in every year the school receive a certain amount of money from the Trust to address Math challenges and also improve the quality of results in Mathematics and Physical science. The amount allocated to school differs per year and depends on the total score in that particular year based on the following criteria:


  • of learners offering Mathematics as a subject
  • General performance in Mathematics
  • Quality of Math results i.e. level 5,6 and 7
  • Accountability in terms of fund allocated to school
  • Math and science Olympiads participation of learners.
  • Advanced Math participation.


  • Math centre project- purpose

The idea behind the Math Centre as a project is to cap challenges related to no availability of educators at school due to number of reasons like educators attending workshops, educators going on authorized leaves etc. The purpose thereof is to have ICT around for any other reason, someone from the Math Centre can monitor the delivery of the teacher’s lesson in the classroom were the teacher is absent in a form of either live broadcast of similar lessons in another class by another teacher or audio tapes of the educator concerned for that lesson or any video of the same lesson as maybe instructed by the subject teacher. Therefore, this project requires a system that will allow teaching and learning to go on even in the absence of the teacher herself/himself. The school intends to start with the implementation of the whole idea as from 1st Term 2017 despite the financial constraints that are there and at the same time hoping to have potential investors into the whole programme as it will benefit both the learners and the Department of Education.


  • Department of Correctional Services

The school started engaging the work of the parolees from the year 2015. The Department of correctional services through engagement of parolees already assisted the school in the following instances:

  • Cleaning of the school surrounding.
  • Fulltime Handyman to assist in plumbing and electricity maintenance.
  • Skilled labour to assist in the construction of a Math Centre Block.
  • Provision of Vegetable to feed hostel learners.

Providing Crime awareness to the learners at the school. Recently the school has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding(MOU) with the Limpopo Department of correctional services which indicates that the Department of correctional services will assist the school on a number of things were there is a need.


  • The school anticipate to have a shortfall of about R500 000 for equipments and systems for implementation of ICT integrated classroom teaching.
  • Safety and security – no proper fence that will limit channel entrance into the school premises.
  • Sports grounds- very poor
  • School Hall- no proper school hall that can accommodate t least 1000 people.
  • Drum Majorettes uniform and equipments.


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Brief Historical of the school

The school was established in 1981 as a Technical High School with functional workshops and boarding facilities admitting mostly boy learners until in the 1990s where the school decided to introduce commerce stream that also ended up attracting also girl learners. The school is now also a technical full service school which means that all learners are admitted at the school. Currently the structure of the school is as follows:


Learner Enrolment:             1075

Hostel dwellers:                     186

Educators Staff- state:         35

Educator’s staff- SGB:          2

Support staff- state:              3

Support staff s- SGB:           15

Teacher internship

Epoch and Optima Trust:    2

Math Tutor:                               1


Total number of Staff:         58


Drumcheers Practice