Hayfields Primary opens 2014

2012-04-13 00:00

WHAT used to be vacant land at the corner of Hesketh Drive and Foxon Road is set to become a brand new school, Hayfields Primary School.

Construction workers are buckling down to make sure the school is complete by June 2013.

According to KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education spokesperson, Sihle Mtshali, they yielded to the residents’ call to have a school in the area.

He said residents had frequently sent a representative to the department and finally the matter was reported to the legislature. He said the report to the legislature focused on the lack of a school in the area.

He said it was also a way of addressing the influx of pupils travelling from the western to northern suburbs for schooling.

But the community will have to wait a while because the school’s gates will only open in January 2014.

According to the department, the school will cost over R38 million and will accommodate 1 000 pupils from Grade R to 7.

It will have 24 classrooms and eight specialist rooms and will offer extracurricular activities including sports.

A Hayfields resident, Christine Barnes (60), was less enthusiastic about the development of the area.

She said her children have now finished school and she was more concerned about the traffic congestion the school would attract.

“Does [Pietermaritzburg] need another school? It’s going to cause traffic in a sort-of peaceful road. But I suppose it’s convenient to have one,” she added.

A domestic worker who works along Hesketh Drive said she was happy when she saw the construction.

“It’s a really good idea. It will create more job opportunities. I think I’ll also apply for a job since it’s a government school,” she said.

She said most domestic workers who knocked off late from their jobs used to complain about the open and bushy field especially during winter.

“It used to be scary especially when it was dark. They’d walk there to catch taxis and there would be men drinking at those bushes. It wasn’t safe at all.”

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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