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Illegal water connections delays opening of Du Noon school

A new school built in May this year in Du Noon could take three years to open.

The school was built to effectively deal with the problem of lack of schools in the area. It was built to accommodate at least 1 200 learners.

Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for the Western Cape Education department says when the construction began in 2013 they received approval from the municipality to start building.

Recently it was discovered that illegal water connections in the area have caused problems which make the water pressure that powers the fire hydrants insufficient.

The water pressure to the school is too low to be able to use the fire hydrants in the case of a fire, she says.

The illegal water connections come from the informal settlements that have been established around the school.

Jessica Shelver, Spokesperson for the Western Cape Education department

For the city to solve the problem the will have to move these informal settlements, which could take three years, says Shelver.

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