Rid­dle of R1m study ma­te­rial

Daily Dispatch - - News - By SINO MAJANGAZA

MYS­TERY sur­rounds the own­er­ship of a stash of study ma­te­rial val­ued at more than R1-mil­lion, which has been gath­er­ing dust at an Ngcobo ware­house for a decade.

The depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion said the books did not be­long to it, but struck a deal to buy ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial still in good con­di­tion. Ndiphiwe Mati­wane, who owns the ware­house, said the ma­te­rial has been there since 2007 af­ter “an ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment sup­plier” asked for stor­age space.

The “sup­plier” paid for the space for two years then stopped with­out any ex­pla­na­tion. Pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion spokesman Loy­iso Pu­lumani de­nied that the books be­longed to the depart­ment.

“We made a deal with the owner of the ware­house to take ma­te­rial that was still in good con­di­tion.

“A load was taken by the district of­fice and was dis­trib­uted among the schools in the area,” he said. —

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