Are you a learner, parent or caregiver in search of educational resources to make use of during the COVID-19 lockdown?
Welcome to SECTION27’s “one-stop” Resource Map for educational materials.


Here, we list the available resources and schedules that we are aware of in one place. We group resources into online, broadcast (TV), radio and literacy subcategories. The purpose of this resource map is to assist continuing learning during the school closure period. We will aim to update this as regularly as possible for the benefit of users. Scroll down for more information. 


The DBE has created a guide for parents and caregivers, giving advice on how to support learners during the Covid-19 Lockdown. It contains useful information on how to structure learners’ routines at home, resources for mental health for caregivers and learners, a list of resources available to learners and caregivers during this time as well as tips for home-schooling learners of all ages. You can access this guide here: Advice to Parents FINAL


The C19 People’s Coalition has developed a guide for parents and caregivers to help them facilitate learning during the period of the COVID-19 lockdown. It can assist caregivers to set up daily routines for learning at home, and gives guidance on how to facilitate the continuation of learning. You can access this guide here.


The DBE has also published digital guides on COVID-19 on their website. These are designed primarily for learners, but can be used by parents, caregivers or educators too. These guides detail – in simple terms – what the COVID-19 virus is, how it is spread, and how you can stay safe during this crisis period. You can access the guides in many of the official languages here: 


Zero-rated sites

All of the zero-rated sites – and which mobile carriers have agreed to zero rate them – are available at this link from the Department of Basic Education:

Here are some of the sites available online at no costs in terms of data:


[Taken from the DBE’s guide for parents and caregivers during lockdown, available here: ]


For more information about the zero-rated sites listed in the table above, here is a breakdown of some of the key sites: 


  • Vodacom e-school

    • For Vodacom users, all the content on the e-school is free. It includes video lessons for grades R-12, homework and revision activities and workbooks for various school subjects in different national languages. You will need to register for the zero-rated/data-free material.



    • This contains resources for grades 10 to matric. It is laid out by term, and contains video lessons. If you go to the “subjects” tab on the top menu, you can browse through video resources for the following subjects:
      • Accounting
      • Business Studies
      • Computer Applications Technology
      • English (First Additional)
      • Geography
      • History
      • Information Technology
      • Life Science
      • Mathematics
      • Maths Literacy
      • Physical Science
      • Teacher Development


  • Siyavula Everything Maths and Science Textbooks.

    • (The same textbooks are available on the Vodacom Digital Classroom)
    • For MTN and Vodacom users, this site is zero-rated and incurs no data costs.
      • It contains textbooks for Mathematics for grade 7 up to Matric, and for Maths Literacy for grade 10.
      • It includes textbooks for Natural Sciences and Technology for grade 4-6; Natural Sciences for Grade 7-9, Physical sciences grades 10-12 and Life Sciences for grade 10.
      • The site hosts textbooks for Information Technology for grades 10 – 12.
      • It also offers textbooks for Computer Applications Technology for grades 10-12.


  • The DBE Cloud site:

    • This site allows you to sign in as a learner, parent or caregiver, teacher or administrator. You then choose your educational phase and grade. Then, subjects are grouped into home languages, first additional languages, second additional languages and non-language subject. Choose the subject you’re looking for to find video lessons, workbooks, past papers and memos.
      • Grades R-6 have relatively comprehensive resources.
      • Grades 7-9 lack language resources. Mathematics and technology subjects, however, have comprehensive resources.
      • Grades 10-12 contain mostly past papers and memoranda.


  • DBE Thutong at

    • For learner support content, this website was redirects you to materials hosted on the main website of the DBE, in particular:
      • Digital content (including e-books for Grade 4-6 Natural Sciences & Technology Textbooks; Grade 10 mathematics; Grade 10 Science and Thunderbolt resources for grades 4-9).
      • Mind the Gap Study Guides (this is for grade 12 content, helping matrics prepare for exams)
      • Incremental Introduction of African Languages (IIAL) resources (This includes big books, posters, workbooks and lesson plans for grades 1-3 in all SA languages)
      • Workbooks 2020 (For numeracy and literacy for Grade R – Grade 9)
      • Graded readers and big book (story books for Foundation phase learning, in all South African languages).
    • This site was originally designed for educators, and most of its original content is aimed at assisting teachers and contributing to their continuous professional development. Material on professional development, education management and education administration might not be helpful for parents and caregivers.
    • This site is zero-rated by Vodacom.


  • Khan Academy (

    • For learners aged 2 to 18, Khan academy offers courses which cover Maths and Science topics. They also have some select courses on grammar and English.
    • You can sign up as a learner, teacher or parent to get the free video and worksheet materials.
    • This site is zero-rated by MTN, Telkom and Vodacom.
    • You can access the site in isiZulu by visiting:
    • You can access the site in isiXhosa by visiting:



These sites are available for no-data for mobile users who are on Telkom.


  • Free State

    • The Free State Department of Education website has no useful resources itself.
    • However, they have an impressive digital learning website for Grade 12 learners which was launched in response to COVID-19 (hosted at:
      • This website has resources for Grade 12 Maths, English, Sesotho, Economics and Accounting and according to the website, more subject resources will be added. This is a very good simulation of a classroom as there are live lessons, a timetable tab of the daily live lessons, a question paper and memo tab as well as a discussion tab.The live lessons also run simultaneously on Twitter (@StateLearning), Facebook (Free State Digital Learning) and across 8 community radio stations (CUT FM, Mosupatsela FM, Motheo FM, Dihlabeng FM, Setsoto FM, Qwaqwa Radio, and The Rock FM).
  • Gauteng

    • The school curriculum is accessible at – some resources are linked to the main DBE website and some resources are downloadable from the GDE portal itself. What’s useful about the GDE website is that they have broken down the curriculum into lesson plans instead of bulk resources.


  • Kwa-Zulu Natal

    • The KZN Department of Education website does not contain many online resources, but what is useful during this time from the website is that the daily radio-lesson broadcast schedules for Grade 12 learners are posted on the home page.


  • Limpopo

    • This website does not appear to work as of yet. Even if you are in Limpopo, try accessing other province’s sites or the national DBE site for resources and materials.


  • Mpumalanga (

    • The Mpumalanga Curriculum e-Education Platform has many resources on this portal. It is difficult to navigate as resources aren’t grouped systematically by grade and subject. Most of the links redirect you to the National DBE website and aren’t downloadable from the portal itself. If you struggle to navigate this, try another province’s site or the national DBE site.
    • The Mpumalanga Department of Basic Education has however, developed a “Dial a Tutor programme”. Here you can call for help with school work, at no cost – a tutor will call you back.
      • Learners should dial 087 223 3033 from Mondays- Thursdays between 09H00 and 15H00


  • Northern Cape (

    • The website has no substantive material for learners to download. Try another province’s site or the national DBE site.


  • North West

    • The website has no material for learners to download as of yet. Even if you are in North West, try accessing other province’s sites or the national DBE site for resources and materials.


  • Western Cape

    • The WECD portal also breaks the curriculum up into manageable lesson plans. There is a resource called “school closure packs” which breaks down what the learners need to be working through for the second term, this is broken down per grade and per subject.
    • This portal is also well resourced with links to over 50 different platforms which learners will have access to supplement the curriculum.

Other websites

The following websites contain learning material and support resources, but are not zero-rated, and therefore you may incur data charges when accessing them.

  • DBE Bhelela at

    • This website, developed by the DBE, groups educational resources into two main tabs: GET content (for grades R to 7) and FET Content (for grades 8 to matric).
    • For each phase, there are links to the main content, reading resources, supplementary online educational resources, access to Khan academy videos, and teacher resources.
    • Once you choose whether you want GET or FET content, you will be able to search by grade, category, subject and subcategory.



Television resources

The DBE has recently released the following schedule for lessons broadcast on TV:

[Taken from the DBE’s guide for parents and caregivers during lockdown, available here: ]


  • SABC Television Channels

The SABC 1 – 3 channels have been broadcasting educational content on the following days and times. This according to the DBE and SABC joint statement started on 09 April 2020. Detailed programs for TV schedules are made available weekly on the SABC’s Twitter page.

Unfortunately, information regarding which subject and grade will be taught at which time is not always made available. As soon as such information becomes accessible, we will add it to this page.

Tune in at these times to watch lessons on TV:

Channel Grade Subject Day Time
SABC 1 Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Sun 05h00 – 06h00
SABC 2 Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Fri 09h30 – 11h00
SABC 3 Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Fri 06h00 – 07h00


  • Youtube

You can live stream the SABC’s Education channel – made in partnership with the DBE – on Youtube, at this link:


  • DSTV – Mindset TV (Channel 319 on DSTV)

The Schedule for the channel is large but can be accessed here. It is an excel sheet with the full programme, downloadable from Eastern Cape DoE website.


  • Open View TV (Open View TV Channel 201)

Lessons are also being broadcast on Open View TV on channel 201.

The programme for educational broadcasts is accessible from here.

OVHD has partnered with the DBE to launch its DBE TV channel on channel 122 on OVHD. You can find the schedule for that channel here: 




National Radio Stations

The DBE has recently released the following table of schedules for radio lessons:


[Taken from the DBE’s guide for parents and caregivers during lockdown, available here: ]


The following radio stations are broadcast nationally through the SABC. They have educational broadcasts at the following times:

Station Grade Subject Day Time
Umhlobo Wenene Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Fri 14h30 – 15h00
Thobela FM Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Fri 17h00 – 18h00
Phalaphala FM Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Fri 13h30 – 14h00
Munghana Lonene FM Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Fri 14h30 – 15h00
Ukhozi FM Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Fri 21h00 – 22h00
Lesedi FM Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Fri 16h15 – 16h45
Ligwalagwala FM Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Fri 09h10 – 09h40
Motsweding FM Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Fri 19h00 – 19h30
Ikwekwezi FM Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Fri 10h30 – 11h00
Radio Sonder Grense FM Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Fri 19h30 – 20h00
Tru FM Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Fri 09h00 – 11h00
X-K FM Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Fri 09h30 – 10h00
Radio 2000 Unspecified Unspecified Mon – Fri 11h30 – 12h00


  • CAPS Radio (

    • This is an ONLINE Radio station, which is Zero-rated by MTN, Telkom and Vodacom.
    • DBE-compliant, CAPS radio offers radio lessons and a Whatsapp Support line where you can message a tutor for specific subjects.
    • CAPS radio primarily caters for learners in grades 10 – 12.
    • You can tune in for lessons throughout the day.
    • You can whatsapp a CAPS radio tutor on +27 072 659 8295

Local radio stations


Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape has useful resources for different grades on its portal ( It also has a virtual classroom for matric learners which requires learners to download VLC and insert a link to live stream.

The lessons for the day will also be broadcasted across 21 community radio stations daily from 18:00 – 19:00 on weekdays. The stations are:

  • Umhlobo Wenene;
  • Tru FM;
  • KNR;
  • Mdantsane FM;
  • Zibonele;
  • Ngqushwa FM;
  • Ingwane FM;
  • UCA FM;
  • Nkqubela FM;
  • Izwi Lethemba;
  • Kumkani FM;
  • Kouga FM;
  • eKhephini;
  • Alfred Nzo Radio;
  • Sajonisi Youth Radio;
  • The Voice of Matat FM.

The ECDoE posts weekly Facebook videos giving the schedules and explaining to learners how to access the virtual classroom. Here is an example of one such Facebook video. Also an FYI explanation explaining the portal is in this article. 


Free State Radio Schedule

On the Free State Education Department Portal ( there are live lessons for Grade 12 learners running according to the timetable below on the portal itself, Free State Digital Learning on Facebook and @StateLearning on Twitter. The site says that lessons will be broadcasted on 8 different community stations, namely:

  • CUT FM,
  • Mosupatsela FM,
  • Motheo FM,
  • Dihlabeng FM,
  • Setsoto FM,
  • Qwaqwa Radio, and The Rock FM.You can tune in at the following times on these local stations:


Mathematics P2                    17 April                                    11:00-12:00
Technical Mathematics P2    17 April                                    12:00-13:00
Mathematical Literacy P2     17 April                                    13:10-14:10
Tourism                                20 April                                    11:00-12:00
Consumer Studies                 20 April                                    12:00-13:00
Consumer Studies                 20 April                                    13:10-14:10
Technical Sciences                21 April                                    11:00-12:00
Economics P2                       21 April                                    12:00-13:00
Business Studies                   21 April                                    13:10-14:10
History                                 22 April                                    11:00-12:00
Geography                            22 April                                    12:00-13:00
Life Orientation                    22 April                                    13:10-14:10
Mathematics                        23 April                                    11:00-12:00
Technical Mathematics         23 April                                    12:00-13:00
Mathematical Literacy          23 April                                    13:10-14:10
Physical Science                   24 April                                    11:00-12:00
Life Science                          24 April                                    12:00-13:00
Tourism                                24 April                                    13:10-14:10
Accounting                           28 April                                    11:00-12:00
Business Studies                   28 April                                    12:00-13:00
Economics                            28 April                                    13:10-14:10
History                                 29 April                                    11:00-12:00
Geography                            29 April                                    12:00-13:00
English                                  29 April                                    13:10-14:10
Sesotho                                30 April                                    11:00-12:00
English                                  30 April                                    12:00-13:00



The GDBE did have lessons broadcasted on Gauteng Radio Stations. These stations included:

  • 702,
  • 94.7,
  • Y FM,
  • TUT FM,
  • JOZI FM,
  • KASI FM,
  • Soshanguve FM,
  • Thetha FM,
  • VOT FM and
  • Kangala FM.The broadcast schedule was for a few days per radio station for the duration of the lockdown prior to the extension (16 April). It is unclear if any agreements have been reached to extend the broadcasts of programs.


Kwa-Zulu Natal

KZN has radio lessons broadcasted for matric learners across multiple stations. The schedules are advertised on Twitter (@DBE_KZN) and on Facebook (Kzndoe)

The subjects covered vary per day but these are the regular time slots.

  • Ukhozi FM – First Slot – 09:00| Second Slot – 15:00| Third Slot – 21:00
  • Gagasi FM – 10:50
  • Lotus FM – 15:30
  • CAPS Radio – 11:00
  • Vuma FM – 11:20
  • East Coast Radio – 13:00
  • Community Radio Stations – 10:10


Lotus FM:

The KZN Department of Education have partnered with Lotus FM to broadcast lessons at the following times for these subjects:

29  APRIL 15:30 – 16:00 English FAL


12 Term 2 Content
30 APRIL 15:30 – 16:00 Mathematics


12 Trigonometry

Term 2 Content

01 MAY 15:30 – 16:00 Business Studies


12 -Causes of failures and inefficiencies and consequences

-Government interventions, market failures

Term 2 Content



In a document titled “COVID 19 CURRICULUM RESPONSE: MPUMALANGA RADIO PROGRAMMES”, schedules were published detailing the GET Radio Schedule, the FET Radio Schedule and Educator and Parent Development Schedules. Below is the FET Radio Schedule which runs until the 30th April:


Mpumalanga FET Radio Schedule:


Ligwalagwala FM

17h30 – 18h00

Ikwekwezi FM 14h30 – 15h00 Community Radio

17h30 – 18h00

Radio Kragbon

17h30 -18h00

Radio Laeveld

18h30 -19h00

Thurs 16 April None Economics None Maths Business Studies
Mon 20 April None Accounting None Physics Maths Lit
Tues 21 April Life Sciences None Geography Afrikaans Maths
Wed 22 April English FAL Life Science Life Sciences Economics History
Thurs 23 April None Business Studies None History Physics
Mon 27 April None Maths Literacy None Accounting Accounting
Tues 28 April Physical Sciences None Maths Geography Afrikaans
Wed 29 April Geography Maths Accounting Math Lit Geography
Thurs 30 April None Maths Literacy None History Business Studies


Northern Cape

There is no consolidated schedule for Northern Cape Community Radio Stations with details of which subject will be covered when but the Northern Cape Department of Education Facebook page provides details of what subject lesson will be broadcast daily. These lessons are for Matriculants. Two subjects seem to be covered per weekday. Each lesson is broadcasted in English and Afrikaans at different times and so there are four broadcast times. The times for the broadcasts in English are 11:00 and 17:00 and the times for the lessons in Afrikaans are 11:30 and 17:30.

The community radio stations that have been listed are:

  • Ulwazi FM,
  • Radio Kaboesna FM,
  • Radio Riverside FM,
  • RTS FM,
  • N FM and
  • Kurara FM.


Western Cape

As of yet, information about radio broadcasts in the Western Cape is unavailable. However in a statement released on 9 April by the PED, they stated that “The WCED is currently collating a variety of resources and programmes that will not involve access to IT related equipment. These include the broadcasting of lessons on TV, radio and the development of materials for printing.”


Information is currently not available online for local radio stations in Limpopo and North West provinces. We will update this when we can access such information. 



For learners, parents and caregivers searching for readers and literacy resources for their children, here are some useful websites. Many sites include stories in a variety of South African languages. Some include audio recordings that you can listen to.


For younger learners

  • DBE Big Books, available at

    • These booklets are zero-rated and available in all South African languages. They are designed for foundation phase (grades 1 to 3).
    • You can find similar books, which have also been zero-rated, at this link:
      • Again, these books are available in all South African languages and are aimed at learners in grades 1-3.


  • Nal’ibali multilingual books, available at 

    • Nal’ibali has developed readers for learners in Foundation Phase and Intermediate Phase in conjunction with the DBE, and these story books are thus CAPS compliant. You can find stories in English / isiXhosa / Xitsonga / Afrikaans / isiZulu / Sepedi / Sesotho / Setswana.
    • Many stories have audio companions, which you can find at this link: 
    • You can tune into one of the following radio stations to hear stories being read out loud every day:
      • This site is in the process of becoming zero-rated, and Nal’ibali hopes that their stories will be made available at no data costs soon.


  • Storybooks South Africa, available at

    • Part of an international organisation called, this website contains readers for learners in the foundation phase in a number of different South African languages (primarily isiZulu, isiXhosa and English).
    • Many of these stories have audio companions, so you can read along while listening.
    • Stories are rated by level of reading difficulty.
    • As far as we are aware, this website is NOT zero-rated.


  • Stories at My African Story Book – available at 

    • This site contains readers in a number of African languages.
    • Click the ‘read’ icon, top left, and then choose your language in the search bar.
    • Stories are approved by the DBE.
    • Stories are graded by reading difficulty.
    • This site is zero-rated by major mobile network providers.


For older learners and adolescents

  • Fundza stories, available at on mobile and for desktop usage.

    • These stories, written for teenage learners, are available for download on mobile phones and on computers. Many stories have been written by adolescents themselves, and all cover issues relevant to teenagers.
    • The Library page ( contains reading resources spanning fiction, non fiction, poetry and plays. Browse through Fundza’s mobile library for reading resources for teens!
    • Stories are written in a range of South African languages, and you can search for stories by language by clicking “tags” and then selecting your language in the “reading by language” subsection at the bottom of the page.
    • Fundza also has a library distributed over Whatsapp – every day,  8 poems, short-stories, plays and essays are sent to you (with daily updates) via Whatsapp. To join, simply WhatsApp ‘hi’ to 0600 54 8676 and then you’ll get sent a menu to use to navigate the space.
    • This site is zero-rated for mobile users with RAIN, and is available datafree on all networks through Moya Messenger app.




Developed by Motheo Brodie and Julia Chaskalson for SECTION27. [Last updated 28 April 2020/4 May 2020/11 May/14 May 2020/1 June 2020. Further updates will follow. We do not take credit for – or host – any of the resources listed here, we simply map what is available in one centralised directory for the use of learners and caregivers.]