Noordgesig Primary School
Construction at Noordgesig Primary School in Soweto which was promised to commence in September 2016 has still not started.
Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, made this promise in the Provincial Legislature in March this year.
R90 million was set aside to fix the school which has remained desolate for over six years.
Millions of rands have been budgeted for the renovation of the school since the 2010/11 financial year.
In November 2014 a contractor was awarded a R17.8 million tender to fix the school.
Infrastructure Related Projects
The department tabled in its quarterly report last year, recognising the project was “completed” in August 2015, however not a single brick was delivered to the school.
Today, we are back at the very same place we started. I am extremely disappointed in the MEC for not keeping his promise.
The department allocated R2.6 billion for infrastructure related projects in the 2016/17 financial year, yet it seems Noordgesig Primary School is not a priority.
We are fast approaching the seventh year of “renovations” at this school.
Thousands of learners’ education has been disrupted due to the lack of urgency to have the school completely renovated.
A poor teaching and learning environment has become the norm at Noordgesig.
The DA has been monitoring the lack of progress for the renovations at the school.
School Falling Apart
I will write to MEC Lesufi, demanding an explanation for the delay in construction and I will table an urgent question for oral reply to the MEC in the Legislature for the 13th September sitting of the house.
I also urge him to communicate with the teachers, learners and parents to properly inform them as to when the renovations will start and be concluded.
It is completely unacceptable that learners continue to attend a school that is near to falling apart.
MEC Lesufi, it is high time that you pull up your sleeves and prioritise this project.
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education
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