Storm dam­ages Tsholot­sho schools

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

MORE than $36 000 worth of prop­erty was de­stroyed by strong winds at two schools in the flood prone Sipepa area in Tsholot­sho Dis­trict last month, of­fi­cials have said.

The dam­aged prop­erty at Jim­ila Pri­mary and Sec­ondary schools in­cluded class­room roofs and cot­tages.

Tsholot­sho Ward Six coun­cil­lor, Mthetho Sikhosana ap­pealed for help from well wish­ers say­ing work on re­pairs has not been done.

“At Jim­ila Pri­mary School as­bestos on one class­room were blown away by winds that hit the area mid-De­cem­ber last year.

“At the sec­ondary school that is where the se­vere dam­age was noted with roofs on three class­room blocks and a teach­ers’ cot­tage dam­aged. We are ap­peal­ing for help be­cause schools have opened and noth­ing has been done yet,” said Clr Sikhosana.

Mata­bele­land North Provin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor Mr Jab­u­lani Mpofu con­firmed the de­struc­tion, say­ing prop­erty val­ued at $36 000 was de­stroyed at the sec­ondary school with that worth $200 dam­aged at the pri­mary school.

He said ef­forts to get the schools re­paired quickly were be­ing made adding that par­ents and re­spon­si­ble au­thor­i­ties were work­ing on the mat­ter.

He en­cour­aged dis­trict of­fices to quickly re­port such in­ci­dents so that aid would be given on time.

“We have so far re­ceived do­na­tion of $1 000 from Nkayi Pri­mary School, vil­lagers and re­spon­si­ble au­thor­i­ties are work­ing to­wards re­pairs.

“We kindly ask dis­trict of­fices to re­port such in­ci­dents on time so that as­sis­tance can be quickly pro­vided,” he said.

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