Umlazi
Comprehensive Technical High School
(COMTECH)

The dream in 1986 was to create a school with technology orintiation,a school that would be the equals of South Africa's foremost traditional and public school and prepare South Africans for the future and attract candidates who aspired to a technical education amidst facilities which were not available at the time to black youth in South Africa. Chief Buthelezi and his Minister of Education,Dr O.Dhlomo were most enthusiastic about the concept, but the government funds were not viable for such ideas. Arnold Zulman resolved the problem with a R2.0 million commitment for the extras, the scheme was born and the fund grew. With no suitable site being viable, Mr. zulman, with the futuristic concept drawings by the architect, Hans Hellen, persuaded the Mayor and Town council of Umlazi to give up their much under-utilized golf course and which gave the dream the space to build a school with essential facilities such as boarding establishment, library, laboratories, workshops and ample of space for sport fields and tennis/basketball counts and fulfill the adage "Kids stay out of court". The development bank then committed R1bM for the building of the school. The school opened in 1991, starting with grade 8 and 185 learners, under the current headmaster MR Lucky Luthuli, who has proved himself an outstanding and motivated leader, a truly great headmaster and to whom much much of the school's success can be attributed. the school has now an enrolment of 2783 of whom 600 are boarders. there are 350boys and 250 girls in the hoste

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