Ntsikelelo MacCollen Jack Death – Dead | Passed Away – Obituary
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Statement by the Premier, Dr Zamani Saul on the passing of MEC for Education, Mr Macollen Jack
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of a dear comrade and colleague, Mr Ntsikelelo Maccollen Jack, who was the MEC for Education. Mr Jack passed on earlier this evening at the hospital.
He was admitted to hospital last week and he was as always in good spirits and confident of a full recovery.
Unfortunately he took a bad turn and was declared deceased earlier this evening. He was a seasoned cadre of the movement and an outstanding public servant. He had warrior spirit and extraordinary energy.
We extend our condolences to his wife , children, family, friends, colleagues and comrades.
We are in deep shock at the loss of such a remarkable and capable leader.
The provincial executive, the ANC and our alliance partners will meet with the whole family tomorrow and further details will then be released.
Released by the Office of the Premier.
NORTHERN Cape MEC for Education MacCollen Jack has died after being admitted to a local hospital for Covid-19 about a week ago.
Jack died shortly after 5pm on Wednesday at Mediclinic Gariep in Kimberley.
While the hospital’s spokesperson, Denise Coetzee, said she was not in a position to provide any information, it is believed that Jack was admitted to the hospital’s high care unit about a week ago after testing positive for Covid-19.
According to information received, he died on Wednesday at around 5.30pm.
Northern Cape Department of Education spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe did not respond to media requests for comment.
Ntsikelelo MacCollen Jack was born in Graaff Reinet on March 8, 1965 and completed his high schooling at Thubalethu State High School in Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape in 1984.
His post-matric qualifications saw him obtain a Teacher’s Diploma through Masibulele College of Education as well as a Further Diploma in Education Management from the Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit.
Studying through Wits University, he obtained a CPMD-Finance Certificate, Housing Policy Development Programme (HPDP), and Certificate in Governance and Leadership, as well as completing other short courses from different institutions.
In 2013, Jack obtained an honours degree in Public Administration from the University of Stellenbosch. He was also further pursuing his studies through Wits University towards a Masters Degree.
As an activist, Jack served in different alliance structures and capacities of the ANC.
He served on the ANC Pixley ka Seme regional executive committee for more than 15 years in different roles including additional member, treasurer, secretary and later as chairperson of the region, a position he held for more than 10 years.
He also served as both an ANC provincial executive Committee (PEC) and a provincial working committee (PWC) member, positions that he held since 2008.
Jack’s work career included being a teacher at Isibane Primary School, after which he joined Lillian Noveve Combined School in Victoria West in the Northern Cape as principal.
He also occupied the post of assistant chief education specialist at the Department of Education (Eastern Cape).
In 1997, he moved back to the Northern Cape provincial administration, where he became deputy-director at the Department of Housing and Local Government in De Aar. He was appointed the local economic development manager and later the municipal manager at Pixley ka Seme District Municipality.
In 2013, Jack was sworn in as a new member of the provincial legislature (MPL), deployed by the ANC. He was elected Member of the Executive Council (MEC) responsible for the following portfolios: Transport, Safety and Liaison (2013), Health (2014) and Finance, Economic Development and Tourism (2016) and was currently serving as the MEC for Education in the Northern Cape (2019).
Married with nine children, Jack was also a grandfather to seven grandchildren.
Northern Cape Health MEC Maruping Lekwene speaking outside the home of the late Education MEC Ntsikelelo MacCollen Jack, popularly known as Mac Jack. Mac Jack passed away yesterday. He had been in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.
In 2013, Jack was sworn in as a new member of the Provincial Legislature, deployed by the ANC. He served in several portfolios, the latest being that of Education MEC.
Northern Cape Premier dr Zamani Saul is also at the house.
We are still working on getting more details about the death, as family statement on the death is yet to be released.