Schools are ready to roll

Provincial minister of community safety Alan Winde and provincial minister of education Debbie Schäfer with parents and learners on the first day of school.
Provincial minister of community safety Alan Winde and provincial minister of education Debbie Schäfer with parents and learners on the first day of school.

As the new academic year kicked off last week, most schools were ready to take on the year.

It was an exciting day for many learners and parents as over 1.1milllion learners started school in the province – many for the first time.

This year, primary schools across the province welcomed 108 325 Grade 1 and 83 360 Grade 8 learners.

Provincial education minister Debbie Schäfer said: “I would like to welcome all our new learners and their parents into our Western Cape schools. A special welcome to the learners who have started school for the first time.”.

Schäfer and her provincial community safety counterpart, Alan Winde, visited Forest Village Leadership Academy on the first day of school. Schäfer said she was pleased to see how organised the principal and school management team were.

Wendy Philander, school principal, was at school every morning to ensure that the school was ready to receive learners.

“As a result of good leadership, the school was ready for teaching and learning with classrooms well organised and class lists finalised” said Schäfer.

Many learners were already in their classrooms by 07:30.

Forest Village Leadership Academy welcomed 119 Grade R learners and 168 Grade 1 learners.

Publishers delivered all textbooks ordered by schools via the provincial education department’s online textbook ordering system at the end of last year.

Schools will place top-up orders should they experience unexpected growth in the enrolment.

Suppliers have delivered additional desks, chairs and other items of furniture requested by schools for 2019.

To accommodate the growth in numbers, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) completed five new schools last year, and another new school will be completed by April 2019.

Three mobile schools have also been completed to accommodate additional growth in hot-spot areas.

A total of 46 additional mobile classrooms have been erected in areas identified for growth, as well as 34 brick and mortar classrooms.

“The WCED will have a clearer idea of shifts in enrolment after the 10-day snap survey later in January. We expect a number of places to open after the 10th day of school – as those learners who do not arrive (with a valid explanation) will be taken off the school system. There are many parents who ‘double book’ places at schools, and therefore, we will see some places becoming available.

“To parents who are having difficulties enrolling their child, or who have failed to enrol their child, I urge you to approach the local district office as soon as possible, for assistance with finding a place at a school,” said Schäfer.

Each district office has identified officials who will assist parents who struggle to find a place when schools reopen.

“Please visit the WCED website for a list of district officials as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding enrolments - https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/home/FAQ/faq-index.html.”

The Education Department has established learner placement task teams in each district and will be on standby to provide assistance at schools where there are late registrations and any other last-minute tasks that need to be completed.

“We would also like to appeal to parents to play an active part in their child’s education. Parents have an important role in their child’s school career and we ask that they assist us in this 12-year journey by cultivating and encouraging their child’s reading and writing skills. Children can achieve much more with supportive, interested parents. Without it, their entire futures could be compromised”, said Schäfer.

“I would like to wish all our learners, educators, officials and parents the very best of luck for a productive and successful year ahead,” said Schäfer

As the new academic year kicked off last week, most schools were ready to take on the year.

It was an exciting day for many learners and parents as over 1.1milllion learners started school in the province – many for the first time.

This year, primary schools across the province welcomed 108 325 Grade 1 and 83 360 Grade 8 learners.

Provincial education minister Debbie Schäfer said: “I would like to welcome all our new learners and their parents into our Western Cape schools. A special welcome to the learners who have started school for the first time.”.

Schäfer and her provincial community safety counterpart, Alan Winde, visited Forest Village Leadership Academy on the first day of school. Schäfer said she was pleased to see how organised the principal and school management team were.

Wendy Philander, school principal, was at school every morning to ensure that the school was ready to receive learners.

“As a result of good leadership, the school was ready for teaching and learning with classrooms well organised and class lists finalised” said Schäfer.

Many learners were already in their classrooms by 07:30.

Forest Village Leadership Academy welcomed 119 Grade R learners and 168 Grade 1 learners.

Publishers delivered all textbooks ordered by schools via the provincial education department’s online textbook ordering system at the end of last year.

Schools will place top-up orders should they experience unexpected growth in the enrolment.

Suppliers have delivered additional desks, chairs and other items of furniture requested by schools for 2019.

To accommodate the growth in numbers, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) completed five new schools last year, and another new school will be completed by April 2019.

Three mobile schools have also been completed to accommodate additional growth in hot-spot areas.

A total of 46 additional mobile classrooms have been erected in areas identified for growth, as well as 34 brick and mortar classrooms.

“The WCED will have a clearer idea of shifts in enrolment after the 10-day snap survey later in January. We expect a number of places to open after the 10th day of school – as those learners who do not arrive (with a valid explanation) will be taken off the school system. There are many parents who ‘double book’ places at schools, and therefore, we will see some places becoming available.

“To parents who are having difficulties enrolling their child, or who have failed to enrol their child, I urge you to approach the local district office as soon as possible, for assistance with finding a place at a school,” said Schäfer.

Each district office has identified officials who will assist parents who struggle to find a place when schools reopen.

“Please visit the WCED website for a list of district officials as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding enrolments - https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/home/FAQ/faq-index.html.”

The Education Department has established learner placement task teams in each district and will be on standby to provide assistance at schools where there are late registrations and any other last-minute tasks that need to be completed.

“We would also like to appeal to parents to play an active part in their child’s education. Parents have an important role in their child’s school career and we ask that they assist us in this 12-year journey by cultivating and encouraging their child’s reading and writing skills. Children can achieve much more with supportive, interested parents. Without it, their entire futures could be compromised”, said Schäfer.

“I would like to wish all our learners, educators, officials and parents the very best of luck for a productive and successful year ahead,” said Schäfer

As the new academic year kicked off last week, most schools were ready to take on the year.It was an exciting day for many learners and parents as over 1.1milllion learners started school in the province – many for the first time.This year, primary schools across the province welcomed 108 325 Grade 1 and 83 360 Grade 8 learners.

Provincial education minister Debbie Schäfer said: “I would like to welcome all our new learners and their parents into our Western Cape schools. A special welcome to the learners who have started school for the first time.”

Schäfer and her provincial community safety counterpart, Alan Winde, visited Forest Village Leadership Academy on the first day of school. Schäfer said she was pleased to see how organised the principal and school management team were. Wendy Philander, school principal, was at school every morning to ensure that the school was ready to receive learners.

“As a result of good leadership, the school was ready for teaching and learning with classrooms well organised and class lists finalised” said Schäfer.

Many learners were already in their classrooms by 07:30. Forest Village Leadership Academy welcomed 119 Grade R learners and 168 Grade 1 learners.Publishers delivered all textbooks ordered by schools via the provincial education department’s online textbook ordering system at the end of last year. Schools will place top-up orders should they experience unexpected growth in the enrolment.Suppliers have delivered additional desks, chairs and other items of furniture requested by schools for 2019.To accommodate the growth in numbers, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) completed five new schools last year, and another new school will be completed by April 2019. Three mobile schools have also been completed to accommodate additional growth in hot-spot areas. A total of 46 additional mobile classrooms have been erected in areas identified for growth, as well as 34 brick and mortar classrooms. “The WCED will have a clearer idea of shifts in enrolment after the 10-day snap survey later in January. We expect a number of places to open after the 10th day of school – as those learners who do not arrive (with a valid explanation) will be taken off the school system. There are many parents who ‘double book’ places at schools, and therefore, we will see some places becoming available.To parents who are having difficulties enrolling their child, or who have failed to enrol their child, I urge you to approach the local district office as soon as possible, for assistance with finding a place at a school,” said Schäfer.

Each district office has identified officials who will assist parents who struggle to find a place when schools reopen.

“Please visit the WCED website for a list of district officials as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding enrolments - https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/home/FAQ/faq-index.html.”

The Education Department has established learner placement task teams in each district and will be on standby to provide assistance at schools where there are late registrations and any other last-minute tasks that need to be completed.“We would also like to appeal to parents to play an active part in their child’s education. Parents have an important role in their child’s school career and we ask that they assist us in this 12-year journey by cultivating and encouraging their child’s reading and writing skills. Children can achieve much more with supportive, interested parents. Without it, their entire futures could be compromised.I would like to wish all our learners, educators, officials and parents the very best of luck for a productive and successful year ahead,” said Schäfer

As the new academic year kicked off last week, most schools were ready to take on the year.It was an exciting day for many learners and parents as over 1.1milllion learners started school in the province – many for the first time.

This year, primary schools across the province welcomed 108 325 Grade 1 and 83 360 Grade 8 learners.

Provincial education minister Debbie Schäfer said: “I would like to welcome all our new learners and their parents into our Western Cape schools. A special welcome to the learners who have started school for the first time.”.

Schäfer and her provincial community safety counterpart, Alan Winde, visited Forest Village Leadership Academy on the first day of school. Schäfer said she was pleased to see how organised the principal and school management team were.

Wendy Philander, school principal, was at school every morning to ensure that the school was ready to receive learners.

“As a result of good leadership, the school was ready for teaching and learning with classrooms well organised and class lists finalised” said Schäfer.

Many learners were already in their classrooms by 07:30. Forest Village Leadership Academy welcomed 119 Grade R learners and 168 Grade 1 learners.Publishers delivered all textbooks ordered by schools via the provincial education department’s online textbook ordering system at the end of last year. Schools will place top-up orders should they experience unexpected growth in the enrolment.Suppliers have delivered additional desks, chairs and other items of furniture requested by schools for 2019.

To accommodate the growth in numbers, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) completed five new schools last year, and another new school will be completed by April 2019.

Three mobile schools have also been completed to accommodate additional growth in hot-spot areas.

A total of 46 additional mobile classrooms have been erected in areas identified for growth, as well as 34 brick and mortar classrooms.

“The WCED will have a clearer idea of shifts in enrolment after the 10-day snap survey later in January. We expect a number of places to open after the 10th day of school – as those learners who do not arrive (with a valid explanation) will be taken off the school system. There are many parents who ‘double book’ places at schools, and therefore, we will see some places becoming available.

“To parents who are having difficulties enrolling their child, or who have failed to enrol their child, I urge you to approach the local district office as soon as possible, for assistance with finding a place at a school,” said Schäfer.

Each district office has identified officials who will assist parents who struggle to find a place when schools reopen.

“Please visit the WCED website for a list of district officials as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding enrolments - https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/home/FAQ/faq-index.html.”

The Education Department has established learner placement task teams in each district and will be on standby to provide assistance at schools where there are late registrations and any other last-minute tasks that need to be completed.

“We would also like to appeal to parents to play an active part in their child’s education. Parents have an important role in their child’s school career and we ask that they assist us in this 12-year journey by cultivating and encouraging their child’s reading and writing skills. Children can achieve much more with supportive, interested parents. Without it, their entire futures could be compromised”, said Schäfer.

“I would like to wish all our learners, educators, officials and parents the very best of luck for a productive and successful year ahead,” said Schäfer

As the new academic year kicked off last week, most schools were ready to take on the year.

It was an exciting day for many learners and parents as over 1.1milllion learners started school in the province – many for the first time.

This year, primary schools across the province welcomed 108 325 Grade 1 and 83 360 Grade 8 learners.

Provincial education minister Debbie Schäfer said: “I would like to welcome all our new learners and their parents into our Western Cape schools. A special welcome to the learners who have started school for the first time.”.

Schäfer and her provincial community safety counterpart, Alan Winde, visited Forest Village Leadership Academy on the first day of school. Schäfer said she was pleased to see how organised the principal and school management team were.

Wendy Philander, school principal, was at school every morning to ensure that the school was ready to receive learners.

“As a result of good leadership, the school was ready for teaching and learning with classrooms well organised and class lists finalised” said Schäfer.

Many learners were already in their classrooms by 07:30.

Forest Village Leadership Academy welcomed 119 Grade R learners and 168 Grade 1 learners.

Publishers delivered all textbooks ordered by schools via the provincial education department’s online textbook ordering system at the end of last year.

Schools will place top-up orders should they experience unexpected growth in the enrolment.

Suppliers have delivered additional desks, chairs and other items of furniture requested by schools for 2019.

To accommodate the growth in numbers, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) completed five new schools last year, and another new school will be completed by April 2019.

Three mobile schools have also been completed to accommodate additional growth in hot-spot areas.

A total of 46 additional mobile classrooms have been erected in areas identified for growth, as well as 34 brick and mortar classrooms.

“The WCED will have a clearer idea of shifts in enrolment after the 10-day snap survey later in January. We expect a number of places to open after the 10th day of school – as those learners who do not arrive (with a valid explanation) will be taken off the school system. There are many parents who ‘double book’ places at schools, and therefore, we will see some places becoming available.

“To parents who are having difficulties enrolling their child, or who have failed to enrol their child, I urge you to approach the local district office as soon as possible, for assistance with finding a place at a school,” said Schäfer.

Each district office has identified officials who will assist parents who struggle to find a place when schools reopen.

“Please visit the WCED website for a list of district officials as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding enrolments - https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/home/FAQ/faq-index.html.”

The Education Department has established learner placement task teams in each district and will be on standby to provide assistance at schools where there are late registrations and any other last-minute tasks that need to be completed.

“We would also like to appeal to parents to play an active part in their child’s education.

“Parents have an important role in their child’s school career and we ask that they assist us in this 12-year journey by cultivating and encouraging their child’s reading and writing skills.

“Children can achieve much more with supportive, interested parents. Without it, their entire futures could be compromised”, said Schäfer.

“I would like to wish all our learners, educators, officials and parents the very best of luck for a productive and successful year ahead,” said Schäfer

As the new academic year kicked off last week, most schools were ready to take on the year.

It was an exciting day for many learners and parents as over 1.1milllion learners started school in the province – many for the first time.

This year, primary schools across the province welcomed 108 325 Grade 1 and 83 360 Grade 8 learners.

Provincial education minister Debbie Schäfer said: “I would like to welcome all our new learners and their parents into our Western Cape schools. A special welcome to the learners who have started school for the first time.”.

Schäfer and her provincial community safety counterpart, Alan Winde, visited Forest Village Leadership Academy on the first day of school. Schäfer said she was pleased to see how organised the principal and school management team were.

Wendy Philander, school principal, was at school every morning to ensure that the school was ready to receive learners.

“As a result of good leadership, the school was ready for teaching and learning with classrooms well organised and class lists finalised” said Schäfer.

Many learners were already in their classrooms by 07:30.

Forest Village Leadership Academy welcomed 119 Grade R learners and 168 Grade 1 learners.Publishers delivered all textbooks ordered by schools via the provincial education department’s online textbook ordering system at the end of last year.

Schools will place top-up orders should they experience unexpected growth in the enrolment.Suppliers have delivered additional desks, chairs and other items of furniture requested by schools for 2019.

To accommodate the growth in numbers, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) completed five new schools last year, and another new school will be completed by April 2019. Three mobile schools have also been completed to accommodate additional growth in hot-spot areas.

A total of 46 additional mobile classrooms have been erected in areas identified for growth, as well as 34 brick and mortar classrooms.

“The WCED will have a clearer idea of shifts in enrolment after the 10-day snap survey later in January. We expect a number of places to open after the 10th day of school – as those learners who do not arrive (with a valid explanation) will be taken off the school system. There are many parents who ‘double book’ places at schools, and therefore, we will see some places becoming available.“To parents who are having difficulties enrolling their child, or who have failed to enrol their child, I urge you to approach the local district office as soon as possible, for assistance with finding a place at a school,” said Schäfer.

Each district office has identified officials who will assist parents who struggle to find a place when schools reopen.

“Please visit the WCED website for a list of district officials as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding enrolments - https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/home/FAQ/faq-index.html.”

The Education Department has established learner placement task teams in each district and will be on standby to provide assistance at schools where there are late registrations and any other last-minute tasks that need to be completed.

“We would also like to appeal to parents to play an active part in their child’s education. Parents have an important role in their child’s school career and we ask that they assist us in this 12-year journey by cultivating and encouraging their child’s reading and writing skills. Children can achieve much more with supportive, interested parents. Without it, their entire futures could be compromised”, said Schäfer.

“I would like to wish all our learners, educators, officials and parents the very best of luck for a productive and successful year ahead,” said Schäfer

As the new academic year kicked off last week, most schools were ready to take on the year.It was an exciting day for many learners and parents as over 1.1milllion learners started school in the province – many for the first time.

This year, primary schools across the province welcomed 108 325 Grade 1 and 83 360 Grade 8 learners.

Provincial education minister Debbie Schäfer said: “I would like to welcome all our new learners and their parents into our Western Cape schools. A special welcome to the learners who have started school for the first time.”.

Schäfer and her provincial community safety counterpart, Alan Winde, visited Forest Village Leadership Academy on the first day of school. Schäfer said she was pleased to see how organised the principal and school management team were.

Wendy Philander, school principal, was at school every morning to ensure that the school was ready to receive learners.

“As a result of good leadership, the school was ready for teaching and learning with classrooms well organised and class lists finalised” said Schäfer.

Many learners were already in their classrooms by 07:30. Forest Village Leadership Academy welcomed 119 Grade R learners and 168 Grade 1 learners.Publishers delivered all textbooks ordered by schools via the provincial education department’s online textbook ordering system at the end of last year. Schools will place top-up orders should they experience unexpected growth in the enrolment.Suppliers have delivered additional desks, chairs and other items of furniture requested by schools for 2019.

To accommodate the growth in numbers, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) completed five new schools last year, and another new school will be completed by April 2019.

Three mobile schools have also been completed to accommodate additional growth in hot-spot areas.

A total of 46 additional mobile classrooms have been erected in areas identified for growth, as well as 34 brick and mortar classrooms.

“The WCED will have a clearer idea of shifts in enrolment after the 10-day snap survey later in January. We expect a number of places to open after the 10th day of school – as those learners who do not arrive (with a valid explanation) will be taken off the school system. There are many parents who ‘double book’ places at schools, and therefore, we will see some places becoming available.

“To parents who are having difficulties enrolling their child, or who have failed to enrol their child, I urge you to approach the local district office as soon as possible, for assistance with finding a place at a school,” said Schäfer.

Each district office has identified officials who will assist parents who struggle to find a place when schools reopen.

“Please visit the WCED website for a list of district officials as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding enrolments - https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/home/FAQ/faq-index.html.”

The Education Department has established learner placement task teams in each district and will be on standby to provide assistance at schools where there are late registrations and any other last-minute tasks that need to be completed.

“We would also like to appeal to parents to play an active part in their child’s education. Parents have an important role in their child’s school career and we ask that they assist us in this 12-year journey by cultivating and encouraging their child’s reading and writing skills. Children can achieve much more with supportive, interested parents. Without it, their entire futures could be compromised”, said Schäfer.

“I would like to wish all our learners, educators, officials and parents the very best of luck for a productive and successful year ahead,” said Schäfer

As the new academic year kicked off last week, most schools were ready to take on the year.

It was an exciting day for many learners and parents as over 1.1milllion learners started school in the province – many for the first time.

This year, primary schools across the province welcomed 108 325 Grade 1 and 83 360 Grade 8 learners.

Provincial education minister Debbie Schäfer said: “I would like to welcome all our new learners and their parents into our Western Cape schools. A special welcome to the learners who have started school for the first time.”.

Schäfer and her provincial community safety counterpart, Alan Winde, visited Forest Village Leadership Academy on the first day of school. Schäfer said she was pleased to see how organised the principal and school management team were.

Wendy Philander, school principal, was at school every morning to ensure that the school was ready to receive learners.

“As a result of good leadership, the school was ready for teaching and learning with classrooms well organised and class lists finalised” said Schäfer.

Many learners were already in their classrooms by 07:30.

Forest Village Leadership Academy welcomed 119 Grade R learners and 168 Grade 1 learners.Publishers delivered all textbooks ordered by schools via the provincial education department’s online textbook ordering system at the end of last year. Schools will place top-up orders should they experience unexpected growth in the enrolment.Suppliers have delivered additional desks, chairs and other items of furniture requested by schools for 2019.

To accommodate the growth in numbers, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) completed five new schools last year, and another new school will be completed by April 2019.

Three mobile schools have also been completed to accommodate additional growth in hot-spot areas. A total of 46 additional mobile classrooms have been erected in areas identified for growth, as well as 34 brick and mortar classrooms.

“The WCED will have a clearer idea of shifts in enrolment after the 10-day snap survey later in January. We expect a number of places to open after the 10th day of school – as those learners who do not arrive (with a valid explanation) will be taken off the school system. There are many parents who ‘double book’ places at schools, and therefore, we will see some places becoming available.“To parents who are having difficulties enrolling their child, or who have failed to enrol their child, I urge you to approach the local district office as soon as possible, for assistance with finding a place at a school,” said Schäfer.

Each district office has identified officials who will assist parents who struggle to find a place when schools reopen.

“Please visit the WCED website for a list of district officials as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding enrolments - https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/home/FAQ/faq-index.html.”

The Education Department has established learner placement task teams in each district and will be on standby to provide assistance at schools where there are late registrations and any other last-minute tasks that need to be completed.

“We would also like to appeal to parents to play an active part in their child’s education. Parents have an important role in their child’s school career and we ask that they assist us in this 12-year journey by cultivating and encouraging their child’s reading and writing skills. Children can achieve much more with supportive, interested parents. Without it, their entire futures could be compromised”, said Schäfer.

“I would like to wish all our learners, educators, officials and parents the very best of luck for a productive and successful year ahead,” said Schäfer

As the new academic year kicked off last week, most schools were ready to take on the year.

It was an exciting day for many learners and parents as over 1.1milllion learners started school in the province – many for the first time.

This year, primary schools across the province welcomed 108 325 Grade 1 and 83 360 Grade 8 learners.

Provincial education minister Debbie Schäfer said: “I would like to welcome all our new learners and their parents into our Western Cape schools. A special welcome to the learners who have started school for the first time.”.

Schäfer and her provincial community safety counterpart, Alan Winde, visited Forest Village Leadership Academy on the first day of school. Schäfer said she was pleased to see how organised the principal and school management team were.

Wendy Philander, school principal, was at school every morning to ensure that the school was ready to receive learners.

“As a result of good leadership, the school was ready for teaching and learning with classrooms well organised and class lists finalised” said Schäfer.

Many learners were already in their classrooms by 07:30. Forest Village Leadership Academy welcomed 119 Grade R learners and 168 Grade 1 learners.Publishers delivered all textbooks ordered by schools via the provincial education department’s online textbook ordering system at the end of last year.

Schools will place top-up orders should they experience unexpected growth in the enrolment.Suppliers have delivered additional desks, chairs and other items of furniture requested by schools for 2019.To accommodate the growth in numbers, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) completed five new schools last year, and another new school will be completed by April 2019.

Three mobile schools have also been completed to accommodate additional growth in hot-spot areas. A total of 46 additional mobile classrooms have been erected in areas identified for growth, as well as 34 brick and mortar classrooms. “The WCED will have a clearer idea of shifts in enrolment after the 10-day snap survey later in January. We expect a number of places to open after the 10th day of school – as those learners who do not arrive (with a valid explanation) will be taken off the school system. There are many parents who ‘double book’ places at schools, and therefore, we will see some places becoming available.

“To parents who are having difficulties enrolling their child, or who have failed to enrol their child, I urge you to approach the local district office as soon as possible, for assistance with finding a place at a school,” said Schäfer.

Each district office has identified officials who will assist parents who struggle to find a place when schools reopen.

“Please visit the WCED website for a list of district officials as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding enrolments - https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/home/FAQ/faq-index.html.”

The Education Department has established learner placement task teams in each district and will be on standby to provide assistance at schools where there are late registrations and any other last-minute tasks that need to be completed.

“We would also like to appeal to parents to play an active part in their child’s education. Parents have an important role in their child’s school career and we ask that they assist us in this 12-year journey by cultivating and encouraging their child’s reading and writing skills. Children can achieve much more with supportive, interested parents. Without it, their entire futures could be compromised”, said Schäfer.

“I would like to wish all our learners, educators, officials and parents the very best of luck for a productive and successful year ahead,” said Schäfer

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