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 onlinebroadcast (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. 


Zero-rated sites

For mobile users with Vodacom, Telkom and MTN, some of the following websites do not incur data charges, depending on your network carrier.

Some of these sites allow you to view content, but not to download it or save it.

The official website of the Department of Basic Education at education.gov.za

This is the official DBE website. It sometimes runs quite slowly, but it has a lot of resources that might be useful. Although this site is sometimes difficult to navigate, the homepage has recently been redesigned to point you in the direction of materials developed for parents, caregivers and learners to support learning at home during this period. There are three main tabs of resources – Study Material, Multimedia and Reading Material:

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.

mindset.co.za

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:

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: https://dbecloud.org.za/login/grade.php

  • 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 https://www.thutong.doe.gov.za/

  • 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.

PROVINCIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WEBSITES:

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

  • Free State http://www.education.fs.gov.za/
    • 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: https://app.digital-learning.co.za/#1586248417640-bfa34c7b-d679).
      • 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 https://education.gauteng.gov.za/pages/school-curriculum.aspx – 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 http://www.kzneducation.gov.za/LearnerInformation.aspx
    • 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 http://www.edu.limpopo.gov.za/
    • 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 (http://129.232.229.76/portal)
    • 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.
  • Northern Cape (http://ncdoe.ncpg.gov.za/)
    • The website has no substantive material for learners to download. Try another province’s site or the national DBE site.
  • North West http://desd.nwpg.gov.za/?page_id=129
    • 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 https://wcedeportal.co.za/
    • 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 http://dbecontent.bhelela.com/GETContent.php
    • 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

  • 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:

ChannelGradeSubjectDayTime
SABC 1UnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Sun05h00 – 06h00
SABC 2UnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Fri09h30 – 11h00
SABC 3UnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Fri06h00 – 07h00

Broadcast Schedule 29 April – 01 May

 SABC 2 – GRADE 12

WEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
TIME
09:30 – 10:00Let’s Learn SepediLet’s Learn IsizuluLet’s Learn Sesotho
10:00 – 11:00Grade 12:AccountingCash Flow StatementGrade 12:MathematicsTrigonometry: Compound AnglesGrade 12Physical SciencesReactions of Organic Molecules

SABC 3 – GRADE 10 & 11

DATEWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
TIME
06:00 – 07:00Grade 10:Physical Sciences:SoundGrade 11:Mathematics:GeometryGrade 11Physical Sciences:Term 1 Revision & Consolidation
  • 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.


National Radio Stations

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

StationGradeSubjectDayTime
Umhlobo WeneneUnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Fri14h30 – 15h00
Thobela FMUnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Fri17h00 – 18h00
Phalaphala FMUnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Fri13h30 – 14h00
Munghana Lonene FMUnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Fri14h30 – 15h00
Ukhozi FMUnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Fri21h00 – 22h00
Lesedi FMUnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Fri16h15 – 16h45
Ligwalagwala FMUnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Fri09h10 – 09h40
Motsweding FMUnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Fri19h00 – 19h30
Ikwekwezi FMUnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Fri10h30 – 11h00
Radio Sonder Grense FMUnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Fri19h30 – 20h00
Tru FMUnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Fri09h00 – 11h00
X-K FMUnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Fri09h30 – 10h00
Radio 2000UnspecifiedUnspecifiedMon – Fri11h30 – 12h00

SABC/GDE Radio2000 Catch-up Lessons

DATETIMESUBJECTGRADETOPIC
29  APRIL11:30 – 12:00GEOGRAPHY P212Mapwork Theory Integration – GIS Concepts
30 APRIL11:30 – 12:00ENGLISH HL12Visual Literacy – Cartoon Analysis

Motsweding FM Radio Lessons

DATETIMESUBJECTGRADE
28 April19:30 – 20:00Mathematics12
29 April19:30 – 20:00Geography12

Local radio stations

Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape has useful resources for different grades on its portal (http://www.eccurriculum.co.za/eLearning.htm). 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 (https://app.digital-learning.co.za/#1586248417640-bfa34c7b-d679) 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

Gauteng

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

[WEEK STARTING 27 APRIL ENDING 1 MAY]

Lotus FM:

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

DATETIMESUBJECT and TOPICGRADETOPIC
29  APRIL15:30 – 16:00English FAL 12Term 2 Content
30 APRIL15:30 – 16:00Mathematics 12TrigonometryTerm 2 Content
01 MAY15:30 – 16:00Business Studies 12-Causes of failures and inefficiencies and consequences-Government interventions, market failuresTerm 2 Content

Mpumalanga

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 FM17h30 – 18h00Ikwekwezi FM 14h30 – 15h00Community Radio17h30 – 18h00Radio Kragbon17h30 -18h00Radio Laeveld18h30 -19h00
Date
Thurs 16 AprilNoneEconomicsNoneMathsBusiness Studies
Mon 20 AprilNoneAccountingNonePhysicsMaths Lit
Tues 21 AprilLife SciencesNoneGeographyAfrikaansMaths
Wed 22 AprilEnglish FALLife ScienceLife SciencesEconomicsHistory
Thurs 23 AprilNoneBusiness StudiesNoneHistoryPhysics
Mon 27 AprilNoneMaths LiteracyNoneAccountingAccounting
Tues 28 AprilPhysical SciencesNoneMathsGeographyAfrikaans
Wed 29 AprilGeographyMathsAccountingMath LitGeography
Thurs 30 AprilNoneMaths LiteracyNoneHistoryBusiness 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 https://www.education.gov.za/Curriculum/LearningandTeachingSupportMaterials(LTSM)/IIALResources.aspx
    • 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: https://www.education.gov.za/Curriculum/LearningandTeachingSupportMaterials(LTSM)/GradedReadersandBigBookHL.aspx
      • 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 https://nalibali.org/story-resources/multilingual-stories 
    • 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: https://nalibali.org/story-resources/audio-stories 
    • 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 https://global-asp.github.io/storybooks-southafrica/stories/en/
    • Part of an international organisation called Globalstorybooks.org, 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.

For older learners and adolescents

  • Fundza stories, available at https://live.fundza.mobi/ on mobile and http://www.fundza.co.za/resources/download-mobi-stories/ 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 (https://live.fundza.mobi/home/library/) 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. 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.]