Saturday, 04 February 2017 18:07

Govt to build new schools in Vuwani, Malamulele

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says government will soon start with the construction of new schools in both the Vuwani and Malamulele areas in Limpopo.

Angie Motshekga

Schools were torched in the two areas while communities were protesting over a demarcation stalemate.

Motshekga says schools in the area that suffered storm damage will also benefit from the R150 million that has been set aside for the projects.

She was speaking at a gala dinner organised by the Masia traditional council near Vuwani on Monday night.

“Government has approved through the province that we should get initial funding to start work in Malamulele and Vuwani and also at storm damaged schools. The President felt that there are a lot of schools damaged, five years back that we have not been able to respond to some of them. We have initially requested 300 million but they said for now it’s more than 150 million.”

Traditional leaders from the Vuwani area in Limpopo have thanked the Minister for Basic Education for supporting Grade 12 learners who were affected by a prolonged protest action last year.

Spokesperson for the traditional leaders who oppose the inclusion of their areas into a new municipality, Thovhele Nthumeni Masia, says they appreciate the intervention by the education authorities.

“We merely wanted to thank the Minister and the MEC for the sterling work they have done, for being positive to our requests when we wanted to save lost time for the learners.”