Public hearings on BELA Bill 2023

Welcome, and we are glad you are here! This page contains information on the public hearings on the BELA Bill which are taking place in all provinces during the first six months of 2023.

This is an opportunity to stand up for the rights of your children, and get involved. If you are looking for a relatively low-pressure way to bring your side in the fight, this is it! You don’t even have to speak – just turn up and support the speakers as part of the audience. Bring along your friends and family, and come and enjoy this educational outing with your family!

We hope to see you there!

An overview of the BELA Bill process

Click here for a video giving an overview of the BELA Bill , the intensions behind it, its impact, the process it is following and what you can do to stop it.

It is important that homeschooling fathers also attend the public hearings on the BELA Bill. Click here to view call on homeschooling fathers to attend these hearings from Marc Ries.

Click here to view Clause 37 of the BELA Bill, which affects home education.

Practical arrangements per Whatsapp

The Pestalozzi Trust combined efforts with the organizations of the Liberty in Learning Coalition (see in each province on the practical arrangements for the public hearings. WhatsApp groups were created for each province.

These groups are to discuss things like: dates and locations, which hearings are we going to attend, where do we meet, what do we wear, who is going to do what, etc. Please invite as many homeschoolers as possible to come to the public hearings and join these groups! The provincial WhatsApp groups are open to everyone living in that province, not only members of the Pestalozzi Trust.

Please note: In Gauteng there are two groups.

This is a members-only private group. Only members of organizations of the Liberty in Learning Coalition may join this group.

This is a public group. Anyone may join this group. Please share this link with your friends and family in Gauteng – 

Dates and Locations

Below are the details of the public hearings and the links to the videos of these hearings.

Province Place Date Location Videos
Limpopo Thohoyandou 24 Feb Makwarela Hall
Tzaneen 25 Feb Lenyenye Hall
Polokwane 26 Feb Jack Botes Hall
Free State Phuthaditjhaba 3 Mar Phuthaditjhaba Multi-Purpose Cent
Koffiefontein 4 Mar Koffiefontein Multi-Purpose Centre
Bloemfontein 5 Mar Simon Sefuthi Community Hall
NorthWest Rustenburg 10 Mar Rustenburg City Hall
Mafikeng 11 Mar Mahikeng Town Hall

Vryburg 12 Mar Vryburg Town Hall

Mpumalanga Bushbuckridge 17 Mar Maviljan Hall No video made.
Kanyamazane 18 Mar Kanyamazane Hall
Ermelo 8 May Sasol Community Recreation Centre (2287 Ingwe Dr, Embalenhle)
Gauteng Mabopane 5 May Mabopane Indoor Sports Centre (8551 Mangope Rd, Mabopane, 0190)
Johannesburg 6 May Johannesburg City Hall (Helen Joseph St, Johannesburg, 2006)
Brakpan 7 May Tsakane Community Hall (10890 Zulu St, Tsakane, Brakpan, 1548)
KZN Jozini 12 May Machibini Hall (A1183 Rd, Jozini, 3969)
Pietermaritzburg 13 May Grange Community Hall Pietermaritzburg, 3200

Pinetown 14 May Pinetown Civic Centre (60 Kings Rd, New Germany, Pinetown, 3620)

Western Cape George 26 May Pacaltsdorp Community Hall, 7 Mission Street
Wolseley 27 May Montana Community Hall, Angelier Street
Gugulethu 28 May Gugulethu Indoor Sports Complex

Northern Cape Upington 2 Jun Toll Speelman Community Hall
Kuruman 3 Jun Wrenchville Civic Centre, Kuruman
Kimberley 4 Jun Mayibuye Multipurpose Centre, Galeshewe
Eastern Cape Mthatha 9 Jun Mthatha Town Hall
Queenstown 10 Jun Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre
Gqeberha 11 Jun Nangoza Jebe Hall, New Brighton