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Text Box: DEDICATION OF THE GOLDEN JUBILEE
We would like to recall the great contributions of a number of stalwarts, past and present, who made great sacrifices to make this institute what it is today. We bow to these great souls and pay our homage to those who are not amongst us today, but who will continue to rule the hearts and minds of all those, whose destiny crosses with that of this great Institute. This Golden Jubilee is dedicated to the following people
FORMER SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SGB CHAIRPERSONS AS WELL AS PARENTS
FORMER PRINCIPALS AND EDUCATORS
PRESENT SGB LEADERSHIP
PRESENT SMT LEADERSHIP AND EDUCATORS


BRIEF HISTORY OF ESTCOURT SENIOR SECONDARY 
Estcourt Senior Secondary was originally called Estcourt Secondary School located at Ephangweni Mission in 1958 and the first principal was Mr J.Z Ziqubu. He was succeeded by Mr L.P Kheswa in 1959.A need arose to move Estcourt Secondary School from Ephangweni to Dutch, Ntabamhlophe. The late Messrs Enos “Manono” Mabaso and Barney Irvine Dladla, who were members of the School Board, amongst others, played a prominent role in moving the secondary school from Ephangweni to Dutch. Mr B.I Dladla’s  English eloquence and his natural intelligence played a tremendous role in convincing the education authorities that  Ntabamhlophe location (Dutch) was going to benefit more rural people than Emangweni. The brave and visionary Mr Enos Mabaso mobilized five Amakhosi under Ntabamhlophe, namely Mkhize, Hadebe, Dlamini, Mabaso and Ndaba chiefdoms. Mr Enos Mabaso was arrested for his vision and initiative however, the School Inspector, Mr Oscroft testified and justified Mr Mabaso’s initiative and he was acquitted. Inkosi  u Ndaba’s area,Dutch location for the secondary school location was preferred because his area was the first to have been arranged according to family plots and areas for development, e.g. building schools, farming, churches, etc. 
Mr Enos Mabaso further mobilized Ntabamhlophe households to contribute R10.00 each towards the building of the first block of classrooms in 1963. In 1964 additional classrooms to the same block were together with an office structure were accomplished. Mr Enos Mabaso was instrumental in the building of the first block of classrooms and the office structure. The school continued to offer J.C.(Junior Certificate) until the system was changed to Form I, Form II and Form III. In 1967 Mr L.P. Kheswa was transferred to Mathamo  Primary School  and Mr L. Nyinde, a B.Sc. Graduate took over as the  Principal in  1967 to introduce Science Subjects.

However, Mr Nyide did not stay long. In 1969 he resigned from the Education system to take up the post at Shuter and Shooter. Mr L.P. Kheswa was transferred back to Estcourt Secondary School. It was during his time that Form IV  and form V were introduced in 1974 and 1975 respectively. At the end of 1975 five students wrote Form V examination. Three passed poorly and two failed. In 1976 more than 30 students wrote Form V. However, at the beginning of 1977 Forms III, IV and V moved to Emtshezi High School and Estcourt Secondary School was downgraded to Estcourt  Junior Secondary School with Forms I & II only. Mr B.M. Madlala became principal of the Junior Secondary School, while Mr I.B. Mokoena became principal of Emtshezi High School. Under Mr Madlala the school re-introduced Form III.In 1984 Under the leadership of  Mr Bodoza,the then principal,the school further re-introduced two senior classes ( Forms IV & V) and it was renamed Estcourt Senior  Secondary School until today.Mr B.I. Dladla again played a major role in the separation of two schools and the establishment of Emtshezi High School. He felt that a high school manned by teachers with University qualifications would be able to offer General, Science and Commercial streams. By then Mr B.I. Dladla was MP and Minister in the Cabinet of KwaZulu Self-Government Homeland. The fact that two post-primary schools were built in KwaNdaba Location points to the strong influence and political acuteness of Mr Barney Dladla. After Mr B.I. Dladla, Mr J.A  Mabaso(REE), then businessman, took over to advance the educational interests of KwaNdaba Chieftainship. Mr J.A. Mabaso ‘Ree’ became Chairman of Estcourt Senior Secondary School from 1986. He passed on, on 12 August 2000. 
(Researched and compiled by I.M Vilakazi).

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
We are indebted to the following for  their Prolific contribution to the history and the origins of Estcourt Senior Secondary School
Rev. S.A Mbongwe (Former learner at Estcourt secondary and later a teacher at both schools)
Sister Nosipho Mabaso
Mr  M.C. Mkhize
Mr B.A. Mchunu

HISTORICAL EVENTS

1958

Secondary Classes started at Ephangweni and the first Principal was Mr J.Z Ziqubu

1959

Mr L.P. Kheswa became the Principal

1963

 A Block classrooms was built

1964

Mr Mabaso built two additional Classrooms which made a block of six classrooms called Block “B” today

1965

Secondary classes started at Dutch with Form I, Form II and Form III. This was the first and the only Secondary school offering Secondary Education to black learners from Winterton, Loskop, Colenso, Weenen, Mooi River and Estcourt. Later the name then changed to Estcourt Junior.

1966

Mr B.I. Dladla became chairman of the School Board.

1984

The name Estcourt Junior was changed to Estcourt Senior Secondary when the school was upgraded to Std 9 (Grade 11)

1985

The school presented matric for the first time.  The principal was Mr Bodoza

1992

The British consolate donated a block of 4 classrooms (Block C)

1993

The school was fenced with 1, 8m high weld mesh and school was electrified

1995

A block of toilets with flushing mechanisms to the Septic Tank (10 units and 2 showers) were erected.  A concreted driveway was built in the main gate.

1996

Water house, housing an electric water pump was erected.

1998

Mr Bheki Xaba introduced the computers in the school.  He brought along 6 refurbished computers and computer lessons began.

The Typing Room was converted into a telecottage to facilitate the teaching of computer skills.