Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane and his Executive Council gathered in Stirling, East London recently,to honour the late MEC Mandla Makupula by having the Education Leadership Institute renamed after him. The institute has been renamed to the Mandla Makupula Education Leadership Institute.
A memorial lecture was also held detailing his character and life after the unveiling of the plaque.
The Late MEC Mandla Makupula was an epitome of leadership excellence. He led from the front in bad times and led from the back in good times. He took the hardest punches for the outcomes of matric results and the misplaced comparative analysis that were drawn between Eastern Cape Province and other provinces.
He never asked for personal gratification even when education outcomes in our province started to show gradual improvements under his leadership.
His identity has been imprinted on the Education Leadership Institute so that his name can be a constant reminder for all of us not to drop the ball and reverse the outstanding work that he did during his time as leader of the Education Department. The building is named after him to preserve his memory and to provide a sense of history for future students, staff, and overall education stakeholders; that amongst us once lived a man who displayed an ethos of service and exemplary leadership that was above reproach.