ECDoE to spend R759m on school building programme
Posted on Friday, 19 September 2008
Article by Cheera-Deer Robinson
Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE) launched an infrastructure programme (school building programme) at the Christian Centre in East London on 18 September 2008.
The department announced a total of R759 million school building programme to be used in the near future. Mr. Philemon Mguca from New Boss Construction was one of the few contractors to be awarded with two contracts, one worth R6.8 million to build Tungwini School in the Libode District and R4.9 million to build St Peters Junior Secondary School in the Cofimvaba District. Mr. Mguca is looking forward to the tasks ahead and knows what he is going to do will put smiles on the faces of many people.
Acting Deputy Director General Mr. M.L. Ngonzo clearly stated that the purpose of the day was to launch a programme that is already up and running. “It is our core business to see that learners get taught, therefore we have a responsibility to provide infrastructure, water, toilets and electricity in order to create a conducive environment for the learners”.
A representative from the National Professional Teachers Organization of South Africa (NAPTOSA), Mr. A. Fray said they are putting their whole hearts into the support of the infrastructures of schools and the Department must make sure targets are met. He also said schools must not only be built but should actually be maintained.
Superintendent General of the Department of Education, Ms N.V. Mahanjana graced the event, celebrating the sum total of the efforts of the people of South Africa in opening opportunities for the millions of learners that have been entrusted in our hands.
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