MEC Grant reacts to Blackheath tragedy
25 Aug 2010
MEC Grant will be joining Minister Botha at Tygerberg Hospital at 11h00.
The MEC will then proceed to the Blackheath Civic Centre where disaster management is debriefing those affected by the tragedy.
He will then visit all of the schools concerned to express his condolences and offer support.
Statement by MEC Grant:
It is with a sense of profound sadness that I learnt of this morning’s tragic accident that lead to the death of eight learners and injuries to another five.
On behalf of the Western Cape Department of Education (WCED), I would like to extend my condolences to the families who have lost loved ones. They are in our thoughts and prayers.
The WCED will offer every form of assistance possible. This morning, social workers and psychologists will join a team of counsellors from other departments to provide debriefing and counselling.
WCED officials will work with the schools concerned to provide further debriefing and trauma counselling to learners and teachers.
Information at this stage is that learners from four schools are involved. The names of these schools will be released once next of kin have been notified.
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Issued by: Western Cape Education
25 Aug 2010
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