The Western Cape education department this week launched a new education district to bring development support closer to schools.
The Overberg education district increases the number of districts in the province from seven to eight.
It will also increase the number of rural districts from three to four, to match the four metropolitan districts serving education in the greater Cape Town area.
The three rural districts are West Coast, Cape Winelands, and Eden and Central Karoo. The four metropolitan districts are Metro North, Metro South, Metro East and Metro Central.
"The decision to increase the number of education districts forms part of the redesign of the education department. The new Overberg education district covers the municipal areas of Cape Agulhas, Overstrand, Swellendam and Theewaterskloof," said the department's Gert Witbooi.
The district has 81 schools - 52 primary, 13 secondary, 11 intermediate and five combined schools. The schools cater for 107000 pupils, including 4500 children in Grade R and pre-primary schools.
Makhosandile Ndzuzo, a former circuit manager at the Helderberg circuit in the Paarl, has been appointed director of Overberg.