Newspaper clipping – iol online – 21 April 2010
KZN earmarks funds for new classrooms
More than R2-billion has been set aside for the building of classrooms, Education MEC John Mchunu announced on Wednesday.
The money would be used among other things for building 20 new schools, he said. This would include 2000 ordinary classrooms and 60 multi-purpose classrooms, 300 administration centres with offices, storerooms and staff rooms.
Mchunu said R26-million had been ring-fenced for recapitalisation of four historically disadvantaged boarding schools, Mlokothwa, Siyamukela, Vryheid Comprehensive and Escourt high schools.
He said his department felt that a massive injection of capital was a correct way of dealing with infrastructure backlogs.
He said his department faced a challenge of rebuilding schools ravaged by storms.
Five hundred and fifty-five schools had been damaged by storms since 2008. It would cost the department R234-million to repair them, he said. “This is over and above the infrastructure backlog of 7 550 standard classrooms, 9 936 toilet seats and 3 435 administration blocks,” he said. - Sapa