Learners at Grassdale High School were pleasantly surprised on Wednesday 19 September when they were visited by City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille.De Lille was in the area for a visit to various community organisations and to attend an open day at the Lotus River Multipurpose Hall, but en route she decided to stop at Grassdale High School to speak to their Grade 12 class, who were preparing for their Computer-Applied Technology (CAT) examinations.“I told the matriculants that they are so fortunate that they have access to a Computer-Applied Technology lab. “Because digital and technology is the future and to empower our young people with that knowledge already opens up a whole range of opportunities for them. “I encourage them that because they are fortunate to have access to computers, they must use the opportunity with both hands and work hard to become achievers in life. “Of course I wished them well for their upcoming matric exams. They are busy with mock exams now which is also good and the principal is also very proud of Grassdale,” De Lille said.Meanwhile ward 65 councillor Patricia van der Ross was delighted with the mayor’s impromptu stopover, which also incorporated a meet-and-greet with the neighbourhood watch in the area.“First we had this open day planned and (then) a surprise visit from the mayor. I first took her to Grassdale High School to speak to the matriculants. They had their first CAT exams. “Then I took her to a resident at the bridge so that they can give their views. It is confirmed that it will be closed down in the next two to three weeks. That is at least a positive to us,” Van der Ross said.