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A governing body can be described as an organ who acts on behalf of the school as a juristic person. This simply means that the governing body has legal powers which includes the owning of assets, incurring liabilities, concluding contracts and to sue and be sued. The Schools Act contains certain provisions which could be referred to or described as management functions and includes aspects such as administration and control of property, the opening and maintenance of a bank account, purchasing equipment and learning materials such as text books, computers, etc, managing school funds, assets, financial statements and records to supplement resources. Section 36(1) of the South African Schools Act (SASA) determines as follows: “A governing body of a public school must take all reasonable measures within its means to supplement the resources supplied by the State in order to improve the quality of education provided by the school to all learners at the school.” The governing body is therefore responsible for the schools fundraising strategy and should recruit possible future sponsors. In terms of section 20 of the South African Schools Act 84/96, the governing body is responsible for promoting the best interests of the school. This includes the ability to acquire property (land and buildings) and other assets or alienate assets to contribute to quality education. However, alienation of assets cannot be done without the written permission of the MEC.