The Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance (MGSLG) “NPC”, is a Non-Profit Company incorporated terms of Section 21 of the Companies Act, No 63 of 1973, which has now been replaced by the Companies Act 71 of 2008 (“the Companies Act”), with registration number 2002/025756/08.

It was established to research, develop and deliver cutting-edge capacity-building programmes in the areas of school management & leadership, school governance, and teacher development. MGSLG expanded its scope of work into ICT in Education to remain relevant to the needs of the country and recently included the development of Early Childhood Development Practitioners in our work. Our objective is capacity building of School Management Teams (SMT), School Governing Bodies (SGB), Representative Council of Learners (RCL) and Youth, Department Officials, Teachers, and other stakeholders in Education for improved teaching and learning in schools.

The 1996 Education Management Development Task Team commissioned by the first Minister of Education, Professor Sibusiso Bhengu, recommended the setting up of national and provincial management institutes as a strategy to ensure that school leaders and governors were given access to programmes that could capacitate and support them in the execution of their duties.

In 2002, a document titled ‘Establishing an Academy for Educational Leadership in Gauteng’ or what became known as ‘The Road Less Travelled’ put forward a cohesive argument for the establishment of a management and governance academy in Gauteng. Based on that concept, the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance (MGSLG) was established in 2002 and officially launched in August 2003.

To be a leading innovative training and professional development institute in education, globally recognised for excellence in school performance.

In support of our vision, we define our mission as follows: “MGSLG provides quality development learning programmes in the education sector, measured against the best internationally, and using a blended approach, to enable quality teaching and learning.”

Values and principles have the powerful effect of mobilising everybody in the organisation to successfully implement the vision, mission and goals. MGSLG values are: • Accountability • Collaboration • Efficiency • Innovation • Integrity • Professionalism • Ubuntu


Learn about the fundamentals of who we are—from our visual identity to our guiding principles and core values—and how each component works together to express our distinct vision and identity.

Annual reports

Here, you’ll find a comprehensive collection of our organization’s yearly reports, offering transparent insights into our achievements, challenges, and milestones throughout the years. Delve into our financial performance, strategic initiatives, and impact on the communities we serve. Explore the stories behind the numbers, discover our progress towards our goals, and gain a deeper understanding of our commitment to transparency and accountability.

We invite you to browse through our annual reports and witness the journey of growth and impact that defines our organization.

Thank you for your interest in our work, and we hope you find our annual reports informative and inspiring.”

Strategic documents

Matthew Goniwe BIOGRAPHY

Open Book

Matthew Matewu Timothy Goniwe is the son of David Goniwe of AmaMpondo, Thahla, Nyawuza Clan and Nomakula Goniwe of the AmaMpondo, Mawawa lineage. He is the last of this couple’s eight children, six boys and two girls. He was born in the old Cradock location in a section called Emagqubeni on 26 December 1947.


In 1953, Matthew Goniwe began his schooling at the St James Primary school, established and administered by Canon Arthur James Calata as an alternative to Bantu Education. One of his brothers, Jamani Jacques Goniwe, had a political influence on him from a very early age. 

As a result, Matthew joined the ANC in 1958 and also studied the teachings of the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) under the guidance of his elder brother Jamani, who was a member of the CPSA and the Secretary of the ANC Youth League Cradock branch. He attended political education gatherings under the revolutionary and visionary leadership of Canon Arthur James Calata at Freedom Square.

In 1960, while still in primary school, Matthew was recruited into the local Communist Party branch by his brother and mentor Jamani. He attended underground political classes of the ANC and the CPSA as both these organisations were banned at the time. His brother Jamani had by this time joined the ANC in exile, linking up with its armed wing Umkhonto We Sizwe. From 1961 to 1963, he completed part of his high school education at the Cradock Bantu secondary school, a community school built on the back of donations by the Cradock community under the leadership of Canon Arthur James Calata, Matilda Calata and other community leaders. It was at the time as a student at the Bantu Secondary School that he became a member of the Male Voice conducted by his elder brother Velile Nelson Goniwe, an active member of the ANC and the ANC Youth League