R28m for new school struc­tures

Pupils used six mo­bile class­rooms for learn­ing since the per­ma­nent build­ings were old and di­lap­i­dated

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NORTH WEST NEWS - ELFAS TORERAI elfast@the­newage.co.za

ABOUT R28m has been set aside to build new struc­tures that will give Ramot­shodi Sec­ondary School in Maolo­gane vil­lage, near Moru­leng a new look.

The cost of the con­struc­tion is be­ing funded by min­ing gi­ant An­glo Amer­i­can.

News of the in­vest­ment came to light when Bak­gatla Ba Kgafela leader Nyalala Pi­lane turned the sod at the site iden­ti­fied for the de­vel­op­ment. The school’s in­fra­struc­ture chal­lenges came to the fore when the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture’s ed­u­ca­tion port­fo­lio com­mit­tee vis­ited the in­sti­tu­tion ear­lier this year.

It was noted that some of the old struc­tures had cracked walls that posed a dan­ger to the safety of pupils and teach­ers. The port­fo­lio com­mit­tee urged the de­part­ment to at­tend to the in­fras­truc­tural needs of the school.

The school used six mo­bile class­rooms for learn­ing since the per­ma­nent struc­tures were old and di­lap­i­dated.

In 2016, one mo­bile class­room was blown over by a storm and due to van­dal­ism some class­rooms win­dows were bro­ken. These in­ci­dents com­pro­mised the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion at the school.

Be­sides Pi­lane, other high level dig­ni­taries, who wit­nessed the sod-turn­ing cer­e­mony were Mosi­mane­gape Moleme, chair­per­son of Dikuno tsa Sech­aba, Pauline Mokhutle, a di­rec­tor at Bo­janala dis­trict Itume­leng Tire and Pa­trick Morutlwa, the gen­eral man­ager of Aman­del­bult Mine.

The new school will have a pal­isade fence, guard house, park­ing place, paving, land­scap­ing, two blocks of eight class­rooms, ad­min­is­tra­tion block, lab­o­ra­tory cen­tre and a wa­ter stor­age and retic­u­la­tion sys­tem.

Dikuno tsa Sech­aba was ap­pointed by An­glo Amer­i­can to man­age the project.

Its chair­per­son, Mosi­mane­gape Moleme, said at the end of the project there would be draw­ings of the school for other in­sti­tu­tions, who were in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ing sim­i­lar schools in other com­mu­ni­ties. Ed­u­ca­tion and sport de­vel­op­ment MEC Sello Le­hari promised that upon com­ple­tion, the school would be fully re­sourced both with hu­man and ma­te­rial re­sources to make sure it reached full ca­pac­ity. Work at the new site be­gan yes­ter­day and was ex­pected to last for a num­ber of months.

IN­FRA­STRUC­TURE UP­GRADES: Kgosi Nyalala Pi­lane is flanked by mem­bers of the school gov­ern­ing body, pupils and ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials at the sod­turn­ing cer­e­mony in Maolo­gane vil­lage.

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