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R190m set aside for school maintenance in Province

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49schools in the Northern Cape have been identified to receive either corrective or preventive maintenance in the current and next financial year.

File image. Picture Henk Kruger CapeArgus. Reporter Ilse Fredericks

FORTY-nine schools in the Northern Cape have been identified to receive either corrective or preventive maintenance in the current and next financial year.

Presenting his budget speech, Northern Cape MEC of Education, Zolile Monakali, said the department has allocated R190 million out of its R633 million budget for Education Infrastructure Grants towards the maintenance of schools in the Province.

Monakali said according to the three-year Infrastructure Implementation Programme, all public schools in the Province must have access to basic services.

“The programme states that all public schools in the Northern Cape must have access to water, electricity and sanitation and all inappropriate structures built from materials such as mud, asbestos, metal and wood, must be eradicated. It is anticipated that a total of 49 schools will either receive corrective or preventive maintenance in order to repair and renovate buildings.”

He said maintenance at three schools will be completed this year and maintenance at another three are expected to be completed in the next financial year.

“The schools that will be completed in this financial year are Barkly Rooirand Primary, Khiba Secondary in Gamopedi near Kuruman and Cillie Primary in Kakamas. The schools which are under construction and which will be completed in the next financial year are the New Redirile Primary School, Homevale Primary School and Venus Primary School,” he said.

He added that the department will also open cyberlabs at several schools in the Province during the 2021/2022 financial year.

“We will officially open cyberlabs at Saul Damon High in Upington, Namaqualand High in Springbok, Kimberley Technical High in Kimberley, Itlotleng High in Bendel in Mothibistad, Galaletsang High in Kuruman, Kuilsville High in Danielskuil, Pitso Jantjie High in Manyeding in Mothibistad, Banksdrift High in Hartswater, Noupoort Combined in Noupoort and Port Nolloth High in Port Nolloth,” said Monakali