For all the latest news about the coronavirus, click here.

South African celebrities and their kids headed back to the classrooms as the school year finally began under new Covid-19 protocols.

It’s been a very long summer holiday for the children of South Africa, but on the 15th of February, many learners from across the country returned to school as the 2021 school year began in earnest. A number of Mzansi’s most famous celebrities spent the morning taking their children to class as they prepared themselves for the first school runs of the new year. 

Bundles of joy make their way back to school 

The South African school year faced a number of interruptions in 2020 due to Covid-19, and the pandemic was the reason why the start to 2021 was delayed until mid-February. But with President Cyril Ramaphosa easing Lockdown Level 3 restrictions, parents, teachers and pupils across the country were given the all clear to resume schooling on the 15th of February. 

A number of Mzansi’s biggest stars took part in the first school run of the new year and we are certain that some of them must have been relieved that the (prolonged!) summer holidays were now over. 

One celebrity who was excited to take her little one back to big school is Jo-Ann Strauss, who joked about her daughter wanting to wear heels to school before her daughter quipped back with a clever remark. Jo-Ann wrote on Instagram, 

Subscribe to our Free Daily All4Women Newsletter to enter

“She asked if she could wear these shoes to school today and I said you can’t really play in heels. She answers that she sees me playing and running in them all the time and calling it work. She’s too clever. I’m not sending her to school ”


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Jo-Ann Strauss (@jo_annstrauss)

Meanwhile, Shimza might not have children of his own but the popular DJ is still doing his part to make sure that as many children as possible are able to go back to school. He showed off his latest initiative on social media:

Heinz Winckler shared a sweet message to his three kids, “Time for these history makers to head back to school!”



View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Heinz Winckler (@heinz.winckler)



Will children be safe at school?

This is the question which everybody across the country has been asking, following the resumption of the school calendar. With millions of learners heading back to their campuses, department of education minister Angie Motshega was keen to advise parents that their children will be safe. 

She proposed a new rotation-based schedule which will ensure that Covid-19 protocols are met at all times.