Although the South African Reserve Bank is an institution that is mainly concerned with the formulation and implementation of monetary policy, it fulfils a number of other tasks as well. The main ones include:
- Comment on monetary policy developments and macroeconomic trends in general
- Ensure that the financial system is sound
- Banker of the Government
- Management of the South African money and banking system
Mr Nhleko was also shown around the Mission by Mr Ano Stegen and was very impressed with all the projects he saw.
For four consecutive years a team from DSS has managed to qualify for the National finals of the SAIMechE Technology Olympiad. In 2008 DSS won and in 2010 this feat was repeated.
The 2010 challenge read as follows:
Design and build a self-powered ball-shooter that can travel from the start area to the shooting area and shoot a tennis ball at the goals without human intervention. The power source of the ball-shooter may be mechanical, gravity, pneumatic, hydraulic or any combination of these. The ball-shooter is placed on the starting area, loaded with one tennis ball, energised and released into the playing field. The ball-shooter must then travel into the shooting area and fire a ball at the goal (the A3 box) without human intervention. The ball may not be fired inside the Penalty Area. Once the ball has been fired the ball-shooter may be picked up and placed in the starting area for a new cycle, however if the ball has deflected off one of the players (2 litre soft drink bottles) and rolled out of the playing area, then the team has the option to start the ball shooter from the point on the sideline where the ball left the playing field.
The Prefects attended a leadership course held in the beautiful Babanango Valley at the end of Term 1. They gained much experience in leadership and team work skills. They slept in tents in the great outdoors. It wasn't only the outdoors that was great but the food was delicious and views - spectacular.
On 23 March, Ms Miriam Cain addressed to FET Phase regarding issues such as abortion, pregnancy, and adoption from the Christian perspective. Ms Cain is a member of a child-care centre called Abba House and she was able to give extensive factual information regarding her work, her encounters with and research into the above issues.