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The minister launched the site during a tour of schools in the George area yesterday. She said Thutong, which means “place of learning” in seTswana, was intended to serve as a starting point for teachers and learners to find free information for use in lessons and projects. It also provides administration and management tools for use by schools and general education news.

Pandor said the Thutong portal had been developed in response to a commitment in the e-Education White Paper, launched in 2004, to support the school curriculum in the general and further education phases through the provision of effective and engaging software, electronic content and online learning resources.

“The Thutong portal represents a first sustained opportunity to pull together the online educational experience for South African educational communities. It is the realisation of a key objective of the Department of Education's 2001 strategy for information and communications technology in education.

“The Thutong portal is an ambitious project, at once daunting and enormously exciting. Its success rests on partnership with those already engaged in successful initiatives in the educational field, and participation by the full range of South African educational stakeholders and role-players,” she said.