KEEPING IT BRIEF
EASTERN CAPE & NORTH WEST
A partnership between the Department of Education and cellphone network operator, Vodacom, has helped to build three schools in the Eastern Cape and North West provinces. An amount of R15 million was set aside for the project. Two schools, Kamogelo Primary School in Migdol and Freedom Park Secondary, were built in Rustenburg and handed over to the North West Education Department. In the Eastern Cape, the provincial education department contributed half of the cost to build the Zithulele Senior Primary School at Zimbane Village outside Mthatha.
- Dept of Education
The province's Department of Health received R110 million from the provincial Treasury. This will help the department to address the challenges faced by its hospitals and clinics. With the current budget the province will be able to provide ARVs to 44 000 people.
A water project which can save between 15 and 35 per cent of a school's water bill is to be extended to ten more schools in Mitchell's Plain and Khayelitsha near Cape Town. The project forms part of the department's overall programme to help the province reduce waste and use energy and water more efficiently.
New schools with modern facilities have been opened in three municipalities in the province. They are the Nthame Primary School in Burgersfort, Fetakgomo High School in the Fetakgomo Municipality and Sekabate Primary School in the Tubatse Municipality. In the past, children had to attend classes in shacks, which made teaching very difficult. The schools were built in partnership with the Education Department and the Independent Development Trust at a cost of more than R100 million.
Over 400 high schools in the province's poorest areas will soon be able to provide meals to their learners through government's nutrition programme. The provincial education department put aside R555 million for this purpose. The programme, which started in primary schools, is currently providing meals to 3 924 primary schools in the province. The department aims to provide meals to all poor schools in the province regardless of whether they are primary or secondary schools.
A new pipeline has been installed in the Vaal. It will ensure water delivery from the Vaal Dam to Eskom power stations and Sasol industries in Mpumalanga's highveld region. This will help solve the problem of electricity shortages in the province. The project created skills-development opportunities, as well as 1 685 jobs.