Counting the cost: KZN needs R100m and Gauteng R53m to fix schools looted, vandalised during recent unrest | Citypress

Counting the cost: KZN needs R100m and Gauteng R53m to fix schools looted, vandalised during recent unrest

2021-08-03 08:25:00 PM

Counting the cost: KZN needs R100m and Gauteng R53m to fix schools looted, vandalised during recent unrest

It will cost the KwaZulu-Natal department of education more than R100 million to fix schools vandalised and looted during the unrest in the province last month.

Last month City Press reported that Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu said about 139 schools were vandalised and looted.READ: KZN education MEC discourages communities from buying goods stolen from schools during unrestHowever, Mthembu said initially the department had information that 137 schools and district offices were vandalised, but after a physical verification process it was established that actually 144 schools were damaged. Eight education circuit offices and three education centres were also damaged, he added.

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“In all the affected establishments the cost of damage is estimated to be R100.362 million.”“A cost damage report showed that in some of the schools the damage could be repaired in a short time and in some it could be a matter of a year,” said Mthembu.

The extent of the damage includes:Damage of roofs;Damage of and stolen doors;Theft of copper and electricity pipes;Theft of building material and computers;Damage of school fences and stolen and broken windows;Largely burnt schools; andTheft of school nutrition equipment and foodstuffs. headtopics.com

Mthembu said of the 144 schools, three had a serious shortage of classrooms after buildings were burnt down. At a primary school in the Pinetown district, for example, three classrooms were burnt to ashes while eight others were torched at school in the Umgungundlovu district and seven were destroyed at a school in Ilembe district. The three schools were provided with 18 mobile classrooms before schools reopened this week.

READ: Mthembu said 12 education districts were affected by the looting and vandalism with Umgungundlovu, Ilembe, Pinetown districts the worst affected.Budget cuts affect funding for damaged schoolsInitially Umgungundlovu, about R39 million would be needed while Ilembe’s estimated cost was R35 million. At least R15 million would be needed for the Pinetown district.

Mthembu said the province was engaging with the national department of education to secure funding for the rehabilitation of the damaged schools.Mshengu told the committee that budget cuts would make it difficult to fix the schools. He said this financial year the department had R6.3 billion cut from its budget.

“The infrastructure damage that has been suffered basically adds on the already existing backlog of schools that have been damaged in the past by criminal elements, but also those schools that have been damaged by weather conditions which we have not been able to repair as the department because of shortage of funds,” he said. headtopics.com

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54 schools in Guateng damaged at estimated R53 millionMeanwhile in Gauteng, Albert Chanee the deputy director-general for strategic planning management in the department of education, said 20 schools had been vandalised since schools closed in June, 14 of them during the unrest in the province.

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