The matric class of 2013 achieved the highest passing mark since democracy. This was announced by the Premier during her 2014 State of the Province Address.
The province has realized continuous improvement in the matric results from 48,5% in 1994; 50,6% in 2008 to 64,9% in 2013, stated the Premier.
Furthermore, she stated that the 2013 results are significant that there was no district achieving a matric pass rate below 50% compared to 19 districts in 2009; distinctions were 11 038 in 2013 compared to 7 398 in 2009; Bachelor passes or exemptions were 13 686 in 2013 compared to 8 622 in 2009. The Premier believes that this performance could be taken to another level with improved working relations amongst various stakeholders in the education sector.
Accounting on the provincial government achievements in the current term in the area of social transformation the Premier highlighted the following successes:
- Exceeded the target of building 54 000 houses by building 61 131 houses during this term,
- Improved access to water & sanitation - 1 472 880 households have access to water provision as compared to 1 174 187 in 2009 and 1 301 615 household have access to sanitation as compared to 920 308 in 2009,
- 1 301 615 households have access to electricity as compared to 602 961 in 2009,
- Improved health profile of the province: 273 305 persons living with HIV/Aids receive Anti-Retroviral Treatment, 150 health facilities receive direct electronic drug supply, upgraded 12 hospitals and 154 clinics and hospital receive infrastructure rehabilitation as part of the National Health Insurance which is being piloted in OR Tambo District,
- A total of 1 516 schools built in the last 20 years and 1 467 of which were funded from provincial budget and 49 from the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Development Initiative (ASIDI). 362 schools were built in the current term,
- Improved learning conditions by enrolling 1,6 million learners on school nutrition programme, 1, 506 708 learners attend no-fee schools, and funded 1 324 Early Childhood Development Centres as compared to the 839 in 2009,
- Awarded bursaries to 10 934 full-time students at institutions of higher learning with 7 020 studying for Social Work.
- The Culture of Learning was fostered by building 30 new community libraries, renovating 55, and 237 provided with ICT infrastructure,
- 4% decrease of contact crime rate over the past 4 years. Heavy sentences meted against those convicted of violent crimes especially against vulnerable members of communities e.g. Tholeni perpetrator was sentenced to 25 life terms in prison. The crime rate has generally stabilized since 2009.