ANC deputy president and tycoon Cyril Ramaphosa says big businesses must dig deep into their coffers to help the government improve public education.
Last year's landmark legal case after the basic education department's failure to address appalling school infrastructure made its mark on the budget.
Section27 has threatened to go back to court if shocking school infrastructure problems in hundreds of Limpopo schools are not urgently addressed.
The department of basic education has came out guns blazing refuting claims by the DA that there are still schools in Limpopo without textbooks.
The ANC's aggressive stance on teaching as an essential service bodes ill for three-year wage agreements reached in the public sector last year.