Abandoned school to be put to good use again

2017-05-11 06:03
The abandoned Belfrost School is to be revamped and turned into a school for disabled children. Photo: andile sithole

The abandoned Belfrost School is to be revamped and turned into a school for disabled children. Photo: andile sithole

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PLANS to revamp an abandoned school in Belvedere, Belfrost Primary, into a home for the children with disabilities have reached an advance stage.

The Tongaat School for the Special and Mentally Handicapped (SMH) children is in KwaTiba between the Tongaat CBD and the Emona area.

Over the years the number of children enrolling at the school increased, making it impossible for the school to cater for more pupils.

Ward councillor Dolly Munien said the school will be renovated to house children from KwaTiba school.

She said the KZN Department of Education approved the proposal to revamp Belfrost Primary into a home for disabled children.

PLANS to revamp an abandoned school in Belvedere, Belfrost Primary, into a home for the children with disabilities have reached an advance stage.

The Tongaat School for the Special and Mentally Handicapped (SHM) children is in KwaTiba between the Tongaat CBD and the Emona area.

Over the years the number of children enrolling at the school increased, making it impossible for the school to cater for more pupils.
Ward councillor Dolly Munien said the school will be renovated to house children from KwaTiba school.

She said the KZN Department of Education approved the proposal to revamp Belfrost Primary into a home for disabled children.

“We are expecting all departments - EPW, DSW, Parks and Gardens and other departments to join forces in revamping the old building. The school is going to be used by the disabled children from KwaTiba school.”

A member of the local organising committee from KwaTiba, Mzamo Mthembu (54) said residents are starting to “warm” to the proposal.

“In the past years we have seen the number of children growing at SMH School. But due to the shortage of facilities at the school we made a proposal to find another place to accommodate the children. We have children coming from Inanda, Verulam, Canelands and Ndwedwe. However, we are not happy about poor service delivery in the area.”

Chairperson of Belvedere Civic Association and South Sector Policing Forum Reuben Govender was ecstatic and said the proposed home for the disabled will benefit the children coming from previously disadvantaged communities around KwaTiba area.

“As leaders we have been fighting for the abandoned school to be used by children [with disabilities]. We will need the public works department to come forward as the school has been vandalised and has become haven for criminals.
“There are lot of criminal activities talking place in the school that is affecting neighbouring schools. Recently criminals stole electricity cables from the school [Belfrost Primary], which affected another schools.
“We have written letters to the Department of Public Works asking for their intervention in this regard. At the moment, the school is abandoned and there is nothing happening. As the civic association we are delighted to hear that an abandoned school such as Belfrost has been earmarked for development to benefit the children from KwaTiba area.”

A teacher from SMH School, who is not authorised to speak to the media told Weekly: “We are happy and hope our dream to have a new school comes true. We have approached the relevant departments for assistance and everything seems to be working out for us.”

 

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