The Gauteng Education Department has responded to a plea from parents for better infrastructure at Ennerdale Secondary School in Johannesburg and says contractors will start work on the building this weekend.
Earlier this week the chair of the school governing body, Delpine Botha raised concerns about the safety of pupils because a walkway connecting two blocks appeared unstable, and vibrated when walked across.
Some parents opted to keep their kids at home and Botha said 21 classes, as well as the two blocks affected, were declared a danger zone.
Department spokesperson Steve Mabona says when a contractor was approached to start work on the school, a local service provider contested the appointment.
One service provider from the area called head office to say I am the service provider that you must appoint. If you do not appoint me, the community will not allow any other service provider to work there.— Steve Mabona, Spokesperson - Gauteng Education Department
We then went back to the school to check who was sent to us to say we cannot appoint this particular service provider. We were ready to appoint a service provider, our process was delayed, hence that weekend we could not commence with anything. That delayed the process.— Steve Mabona, Spokesperson - Gauteng Education Department
That process took time because we had to make sure that we appoint someone that will be accepted., hence we have now finalised the process of appointing the service provider. Today they were at the school to reassess.— Steve Mabona, Spokesperson - Gauteng Education Department
Come the second term, the school should be ready for occupation.— Steve Mabona, Spokesperson - Gauteng Education Department
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