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Eastern Cape launches R272m school fencing project

Eastern Cape launches R272m school fencing project

For years, most schools in the Eastern Cape lacked adequate fencing and secure infrastructure. In 2020, the ministry promised to fence the schools, but could not complete the project due to lack of funds. However, it seems that the communities’ cries are finally being heard.

The Eastern Cape Department of Education has launched a project to fence 191 schools in the province to tackle the problems of vandalism and theft faced by schools.

Schools in the Eastern Cape are unable to provide a safe and secure learning environment for thousands of students, resulting in disruption of school operations on numerous occasions.

For years, parents and residents of the Eastern Cape have been pleading with the Department of Basic Education to fix the infrastructure problems that students and teachers face on a daily basis.

Last week, the Education MEC of the Eastern Cape, Fundile Gade, launched the project and met with the construction companies tasked with carrying out the fencing.

The ministry has committed more than R200 million to fund the project and it aims to contribute to employment in the province.

Gade said:
The department is very optimistic and while the main objective of the project is to provide a safe environment for students and teachers, it will also help in youth employment and job creation.

“We will also address small and medium-sized enterprises. So that they can benefit in this context. They will provide us with information and contacts to qualified professionals from their database,”

Fundile added that they have already secured most of the contractors for the project and the ministry hopes to finalize the last few contracts so that the project can fully begin.

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