by Safiyia Stanfley – DA Provincial Spokesperson on Education in the Northern Cape
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Date: 20 September 2018
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape is reiterating our call on the MEC of Education, Martha Bartlett and the MEC of Cooperative Governance, Bentley Vass, to urgently work together to ensure that the sewage crisis at the Barkley West Primary School is fixed once and for all.
This comes after overflowing raw sewage just about reached the steps of the classrooms at the primary school today.
See pic here.
This is the second time in two months that the sewage crisis has interrupted schooling at this particular school, as a result of the municipal pumps that have broken down again.
Last month, the DA raised our concerns with MEC Bartlett, when an oversight inspection confirmed that learners were sent home due to overflowing raw sewage at the primary school. To date, however, the situation has been managed on an ad hoc basis, with only temporary solutions.
This is despite the fact that R7.5 million was paid into the municipality’s account in order to permanently fix the sewerage system of the school, as well as three problematic drains and water linkages that form part of the entire sewerage system in the area.
The DA is questioning the management of the R7,5 million. At the same time, we also have reservations regarding the amount. This is against the backdrop of conflicting reports that indicate that it should only cost in the region of R1 million to permanently fix the problems.
It is increasingly clear that sewerage challenges are not the only thing causing a stink – the DA smells a rat within the failing ANC municipal administration.
The DA will write to MEC’s Bartlett and Vass, asking that they prioritise this matter and intervene to reduce health risks for learners, educators and staff at the school and create an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching.
Only change under a DA-led government will prioritise education and municipal services in order to ensure that schooling is allowed to continue, irrespective of external factors, like blocked drains.
DA Provincial Spokesperson on Education in the Northern Cape
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