Millions of rand needed to repair schools in the Western Cape

It will cost R124-million to repair 170 schools which were damaged during a massive storm and subsequent fires that hit the Western Cape this month.

That’s according to education MEC Debbie Schafer‚ who warned that this is not the final figure as officials are yet to assess other affected schools.

 “The extent of damage at each school varies but includes roof damage at 102 schools‚ damage to fences at 27 schools‚ structural damage at 14 schools and damage to mobile classrooms at 4 schools. Schools have also reported other damages which include fire damage‚ fallen trees and damage to electrical components‚” she said.

 Schafer said officials in her department were addressing the problems urgently.

 “A total of 55 schools that were visited for inspection were immediately repaired which means that learning and teaching could resume almost immediately‚” said Schafer.

She said the province’s department of public works was going to start repairs at 27 more schools.

“A number of corporate donors have indicated that they are willing to offer assistance and for this we are extremely grateful. We are in the process of determining where best their support can be utilised‚” she added.


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