Ramaphosa prom­ises to up­grade school

Cape Argus - - METRO - BON­GANI HANS

PAR­ENTS at Esiqong­weni High School in Im­bali, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, said Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, in his ad­dress to pupils, had given them hope their chil­dren would have ac­cess to bet­ter re­sources at the school.

Ramaphosa had promised the pupils the school would in the next two months be equipped with a com­puter cen­tre, sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory and li­brary. De­spite its dis­ad­van­tages, the school has had an above 80% ma­tric pass rate since 2015.

Ivy Dlamini said she was im­pressed by Ramaphosa’s prom­ise to im­prove the school, which had in the past years been sub­jected to van­dal­ism and theft. She said since last year, the school had seen its se­cu­rity up­graded.

Grade 12 sci­ence teacher Bhekani Mkhulisi said the lab would en­able him to con­duct ex­per­i­ments and demon­strate sci­ence at work. “Pre­vi­ously the pupils would just imag­ine what I was try­ing to teach them.

“Once we get the lab, the re­sults will im­prove. Cur­rently we get pupils who ob­tain a Bach­e­lor’s pass, but get­ting dis­tinc­tions is a se­ri­ous chal­lenge.

Later, Ramaphosa ad­dressed the city’s pre­dom­i­nantly coloured and In­dian com­mu­nity about the “im­por­tance” of vot­ing for the ANC.

Hoosen Khan said he would vote for the ANC be­cause he trusted Ramaphosa would fight cor­rup­tion.

“Once he gets rid of cor­rup­tion, the ANC will re­turn to the orig­i­nal ANC, but he is do­ing a fan­tas­tic job so far.”

He said Manor Flats, where he lived, was be­sieged by crime and there was a lack of ser­vice de­liv­ery.

An­other res­i­dent, Collen Ra­jah, said he had been con­cerned about the ANC’s fail­ure to de­liver on prom­ises.

“Young peo­ple need jobs, and to be re­ha­bil­i­tated from drugs. But I know that un­der Ramaphosa the gov­ern­ment is go­ing to change lots of things,” said Ra­jah.

Ramaphosa told the com­mu­nity the ANC would change their lives for the bet­ter.

ANC KwaZulu-Natal chair­per­son Sihle Zikalala told the com­mu­nity the party would help them take own­er­ship of the flats they had been rent­ing for years.

MOTSHWARI MOFOKENG African News Agency (ANA)

PRES­I­DENT Cyril Ramaphosa, with his en­tourage, vis­ited Esiqong­weni High School in Im­bali, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, yes­ter­day, where he promised to up­grade re­sources. |

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