Riddle of R1m study material
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. —