School fills a huge gap

The New Age (Free State) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS - TATENDA CHIRISERI prov­inces@the­

THE com­mu­nity of Kraai­fontein will soon have a R64m state-of-the-art school, ex­pected to be com­pleted later this year.

The school will ac­com­mo­date 1110 pupils from grades 8 to 12, as well as 38 teach­ing and sup­port staff.

This 16-month pro­ject is set to pro­vide a much-needed sec­ondary school for Kraai­fontein.

The ed­u­ca­tion MEC, Deb­bie Schäfer and the MEC for the depart­ment of trans­port and pub­lic works, Don­ald Grant, vis­ited the site of the new school yes­ter­day.

The build­ing of the school has in­cor­po­rated some Water-Wise fea­tures, which in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of bore­hole fa­cil­i­ties and a tank farm, water-wise san­i­tary fit­tings and a flow re­stric­tor on the main line.

The new school will con­sist of 15 se­nior class­rooms, 15 ju­nior class­rooms, a chem­istry lab, bi­ol­ogy lab, com­puter room, two mul­tipur­pose class­rooms, mul­ti­me­dia cen­tre, six se­nior man­age­ment of­fices, a coun­selling room, two sick rooms, a sec­re­tary’s of­fice, a staff room with kitchen, hall with kitchen, store­room and ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties and one care­taker’s store­room.

“This pro­ject in­cluded ex­ten­sive con­struc­tion work, which made use of con­ven­tional build­ing ma­te­ri­als and meth­ods that re­main the most eco­nom­i­cal, durable and low-main­te­nance sys­tem of build­ing. The pro­ject also brought with it some note­wor­thy em­pow­er­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the ben­e­fit of tar­geted en­ter­prises and lo­cal l abour­ers.

“A to­tal of 2.85% of the con­struc­tion value has been al­lo­cated to tar­geted sub­con­trac­tors, while 1.74% has been ded­i­cated to lo­cal labour to date.

“Of the con­tract value, 1.74% was used to source ma­te­ri­als from tar­geted sup­pli­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers, while on-site train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in brick­lay­ing and plas­ter­ing were pro­vided,” Grant said.

The depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion in this fi­nan­cial year has spent more than R1.2bn on build­ing and re­fur­bish­ing school in­fra­struc­ture across the prov­ince.

Due to a large growth in pop­u­la­tion in the Kraai­fontein area, it had ex­pe­ri­enced an in­creased num­ber of pupils need­ing place­ment in schools.

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