Textbooks: Limpopo promises December delivery for 2014

2013-09-15 06:00

The department of basic education in Limpopo is putting its head on the block, promising to deliver textbooks for the 2014 academic year to all schools before the break for the December holidays this year.

The department, according to spokesperson Phuti Seloba, will start delivering the textbooks tomorrow and it will be a smooth and friction free process.

“We have ordered about 6 million textbooks. We want all of them to be delivered before we close down for the December holidays. The plans are there and the logistics are there and I don’t see why we will not be able to accomplish the task.”

Our logistics are super-reliable and they are tried and tested, he said.

He wouldn’t say how the province plans to deliver all the textbooks. But a source said the department had contracted the South African Post Office to deliver the books.

“The Post Office is very reliable. You know Unisa, it has students all over the world and it uses the Post Office to send books to students across the globe. The Post Office has been delivering all these years and so I don’t see how it could fail to deliver books on its backdoor.”

Education MEC in Limpopo Dikeledi Magadzi and Premier Stan Mathabatha will host a press conference tomorrow, where they will explain how the books will be delivered.

This will be the first time the department delivers books in two years. In 2010, it outsourced the purchasing and distribution of books to EduSolutions. But the contract was cancelled in April last year when officials discovered major flaws in it.

The national department of basic education took over the delivery of textbooks, and by the time books arrived in schools, the first six months of the year had gone.

In October last year, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga also promised that by the time schools closed, her department would have finished delivering textbooks to all school.

But in January it became apparent that not all schools had received textbooks – thousands of books were still outstanding.

By April, some schools were still reporting shortages or that they had received the wrong books.

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