Retsebile Primary School in the dark

Ms Nomasonto Xaba and Ms Thandi Mashinini cook for the Retsebile Primary School learners.

Ms Jane Sithole, DA Provincial Spokesman on Education, has expressed her dissatisfaction about the disconnection of electricity at Retsebile Primary School since 12 January.

According to her, the disconnection was as a result of the R105 000 that the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport owed the Lekwa Municipality for rates and taxes.

“Without electricity, food provided by the feeding scheme cannot be prepared or refrigerated,” Ms Sithole said.

Mr Tornado Kambule, principal, said they usually keep the vegetables for the feeding scheme in the cooler to last longer, but could not because there was no electricity.

According to him, they had to place the large quantities of vegetables they receive on the floor to keep them cool.

However, some of the vegetables got spoiled and they had to get rid of them.

Ms Sithole called on Ms Regina Mhaule, MEC of the Department of Education, to intervene, saying the department must ensure that the learners and teachers do not bear the brunt of the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport ineffectiveness.

She said the needs of learners must come first.

“Our learners are the future leaders of this province and country and to succeed, they must be given opportunities to learn and grow in a conducive environment that is focused on ensuring that they do well.”


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Senamile Phungula

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