2015-05-19 06:00

Denzil van Graan, principal of Perivale Primary School, which is situated opposite the proposed scrapyard site, says he has major concerns in regards to the scrapyard being built across from the school.

“As principal of Perivale Primary School I am concerned about the negative outcomes a scrapyard opposite our school will have as I have seen the state and activities around a similar venture in Retreat.

“The school governing body opposes the establishment of a scrapyard on its doorstep,” Van Graan says.

He adds he has concerns about the safety of his pupils and the scrapyard being in the middle of two feuding gangs which raises the risk of heightened crime activity.

“I worry about the negative environmental impact (with regard to dirt, filth, noise and smoke that establishments of this nature cause) on the health and well-being of learners, staff and the parent community. Furthermore, the increase in loitering on the school corner and movement of scrap collectors to and from the proposed scrapyard will put the safety of the school population at risk.

“We’ve had incidents of shooting, gang violence and robberies in the vicinity of the school in the past.

“The proposed scrapyard is situated in the middle of two feuding gangs and if we have scrap collectors from these two areas coming to the scrapyard, I foresee an increase in criminal activity and the consequences thereof can be detrimental,” Van Graan says.


What are you thoughts on having a scrapyard opposite the school? Starting with the word “Post”, SMS your views to 32516. SMSes cost R1

Join the conversation! 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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

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


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 network.


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.