The Dominican Sisters have been involved in Deaf Education since 1884 in King Williams Town. In 1933 Mr JH Hofmeyr, the Minister of Education, asked the Dominican Sisters to provide education for deaf children in Johannesburg . A property was bought in Melrose , and St Vincent School opened on 23 January 1934 with 38 pupils and 5 teachers. With the help of government, benefactors and parents, the school expanded. The pupils came from all over the then Transvaal, and others from as far as East London, Durban and the former Rhodesia , now Zimbabwe . St Vincent School was for many years the only school for deaf learners teaching through the medium of English and using the oral method.
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The South African Schools Act (SASA) of 1996 established a national schooling system and recognised two categories of schools: public and independent. Public schools are state controlled and independent schools are privately governed. All private schools were included into the independent school category.