A mystery fire eats classrooms

2017-03-02 06:00
Mvuyisi Damba, Principal and Zimasa Lutaka, secretary of the SGB, showing the mess left by the fire in Grade R classes, at Sobambisana Primary School, in Khayelitsha.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Mvuyisi Damba, Principal and Zimasa Lutaka, secretary of the SGB, showing the mess left by the fire in Grade R classes, at Sobambisana Primary School, in Khayelitsha.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Two Grade R classes were destroyed by a mysterious fire at Sobambisana Primary School on Tuesday.

Mvuyisi Damba, school principal, said it was not clear what triggered the fire as there was no one in classes when it broke-out at around 7h45 am.

“We were doing a briefing in the staffroom when we heard learners screaming that the building was on fire. We suspect that it started in the store room and spread to the classrooms. We are in the dark as to what caused it. Everything was damaged. Fortunately learners were not there when it(fire) started and there are no injuries,” Damba said.

He said parents also came to help with the clean-up of the mess.

Damba said among other things that were destroyed are graduation gowns for learners, bicycles, toys and all material for teaching and learning.

There are 60 Grade R learners in the classrooms.

The walls were left with visible cracks.

Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for Western Cape Education Department (WCED), said the affected learners are being accommodated in the school library and computer room.

“The school reported the fire to our Safe Schools Call Centre this morning (Tuesday). The school can apply for emergency funding for repairs.

We have not yet determined the cost of the damages. Our Safe Schools division provides training on the Occupational Health and Safety, including the role of fire marshals,” Shelver said.

Zimasa Lutaka, secretary for School Governing Body (SGB) said they feel bad about the incident and on the other hand they are happy that learners were not injured.

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