Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, will be visiting a number of schools in Gauteng to check on their readiness for the third term.

The department reiterated that it would continue to place the safety of all teaching and non-teaching staff and learners at the heart of all schooling plans.

On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa moved the country to Alert Level 3 of the national lockdown following his meeting with the National Coronavirus Command Council, the Presidential Coordinating Committee and cabinet.

The department says thousands of COVID-19 screeners have been recruited to help with the management of the virus at schools, including taking temperatures, ensuring hands are regularly sanitized while masks are worn at all times.

In the video below, Lesufi speaks to SABC News reporter Mahlako Komane: