1000 pupils use containers as classrooms
The Gauteng department of education has failed to honour its promise to relocate Durban Deep Primary School from its mine dump premises to Matholeville in Roodepoort, on the West Rand.
The school was to have been moved to its new site in 2005.
"We were told in 2005 that the school would be relocated to Matholeville," said the chairman of the school governing body, Siphiwo Ntuli.
The department's spokesman, Kate Bapela, said she would find out from the facilities manager what had happened.
"If that is the case, something should have been done by now. But I cannot comment further because I do not have the relevant information," said Bapela.
The school is currently operating in cramped and dilapidated containers that parents bought from the mine in 1996 to relieve overcrowding.
"The containers have broken doors, windows and holes on the floors. Each container accommodates more than 100 pupils.
"These containers are a disaster in summer. Our children literally suffocate inside these things," said Ntuli.
The school, built in the 1960s for mineworkers' children, has more than 1000 pupils from Matholeville and Sol Plaatjie informal settlements.