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The Mpumalanga Province lies in eastern South Africa, north of the KwaZulu-Natal Province and bordering Swaziland and Mozambique. Mpumalanga means "the place where the sun rises" in Swazi, Xhosa, and Zulu. Better known as the main entry point into the world-famous Kruger National Park, this rural province has one of the highest unemployment rates and lowest education levels in the entire country.
Consider these statistics:
Only 7 percent of public schools in the Mpumalanga Province have a library and only 5 percent have a computer lab.
Of those students in Mpumalanga who sit for the high school graduation exam, less than 50 percent pass. This is the second lowest rate of achievement of any province in South Africa.
Of the students who graduate, only 12 percent qualify for a four-year university.
For those students who enter a four-year university, the outlook is bleak: only 15 percent of enrolled South Africans will graduate.