Teacher: school aid stifled by regulation

2010-04-13 00:00

A SCHOOL teacher wants government schools to be legally permitted to receive charity from fo­reign countries without having to first acquire permission from the Trade and Industry Department.

Charles Candy, a teacher at Tendela, a farm school in the Mooi River area, said government’s efforts to curb the criminal element that comes with receiving foreign donations has become so stringent that it is making it impossible for under-privileged schools to receive any assistance from outside the country.

According to Candy, people are buying goods from overseas, under the pretence of obtaining them for charity, to avoid being taxed, and later sell these goods for a bigger profit.

While he said he understood that the government needed to put measures in place, he believes that schools such as Tendela end up being the losers.

“We’ve received musical instruments from Holland, books from the U.S. and computers and soccer jerseys from the United Kingdom.

“But all our long-standing sponsors are drying up because of all the strict rules,” he said.

To receive donations, Candy said the school now needs to get a government permit from Pretoria. This means making calls to Pretoria repeatedly, which can be a laborious process.

“We are required to hire a shipping agent and, on top of that, pay for storage while those donations are being stored in a state ware house until the permit comes through.

“Now, for a struggling school, where does that money come from?” asked Candy.

Candy claims shipping and commercial companies are not required by law to let the beneficiaries know that the donated goods are in the country, which often means that they are not called to witness the unpacking of the goods.

“When we received the computers donated to us some were not working. But how are we going to prove how they got da­maged?” Candy questioned.

He said he lodged a complaint with the Education Department but he has been told that they can only act if the law is being broken, which is not the case.

“That’s why I’m appealing to politicians to look into it. They need to come up with legislation that will be more suitable for go­vernment schools,” he said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.