Gauteng gets school with a difference

2012-11-13 21:14

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Johannesburg - Gauteng Ppremier Pomvula Mokonyane opened a school with a difference in Olievenhoutbosch, near Pretoria, on Tuesday.

The Orefile Primary School is the first in the province built from alternative construction technologies, and cost R33.4m.

"This school is a product of a decision by the executive council to quicken the time of building schools and addressing the need for schooling infrastructure in the province," Mokonyane said.

"As you know, Gauteng experiences a huge rate of in-migration and to cope with pressures on infrastructure, we need alternative building methods that enable us to respond faster."

The school was built in seven months using the Razorbill alternative construction method, which utilises steel and concrete. No stone, wood, bricks or mortar was used.

The school will not be affected by water damage and is resistant to high humidity and moisture.

Mokonyane was accompanied by MEC for infrastructure development, Qedani Mahlangu, and Education MEC Barbara Creecy.

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