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Gauteng online plan wastes billions: DA

2010-12-01 21:29

Johannesburg - The Gauteng provincial government is wasting billions of rands on a project meant to provide computer access to school children, the DA claimed on Wednesday.

"The DA has visited more than 100 schools in the past two months. We found that 95% of schools visited with Gauteng Online Computer laboratories were dysfunctional: either they had been stolen or were off-line," said DA Gauteng education spokesperson Khume Ramulifho.

The project began in 2001 and to date it had been of "minimal benefit to learners", he claimed.

"The DA believes that there are no excuses for not providing innovative education, using information and communication technology in enhancing quality learning and teaching in Gauteng."

Ramulifho said questions posed to Gauteng's Education MEC Barbara Creecy were not answered.

He said Creecy had stated: "It is the responsibility of the department of finance and all questions should be referred to them."

But according to Ramulifho, the finance department was saying the education department was responsible for content management.

"This blame game must stop."

The Gauteng education department was not available for comment.

Comments
  • Riegardt - 2010-12-01 22:19

    Yip at our school we nicknamed it Gauteng Offline!

      Twoships - 2010-12-02 13:55

      Hi Riegardt, What is the name of your school?

  • McFreak - 2010-12-01 23:03

    I am almost sure if someone knowledgeable conducted a proper, thorough, unbiased forensic audit the truth would come out. Managed by those who dont know who gave contracts to those who know even less ... and they all wear gucci and drive range rovers now! and the learners are where they were in 2000 ...... has to be so obvious but its just an example of another few million swept under the ANC expediency mat! When will somebody with balls do something about all of this?

      weiwei@24.com - 2010-12-02 05:46

      Is the president not suppose to interfere?

  • AJ - 2010-12-02 05:30

    @McFreak - it doesn't even need someone with balls to sort it out. It just needs someone with a conscience and a half decent moral compass...

  • Boerseun - 2010-12-02 07:15

    As long as the equipment is in the nads of ANC supporters, why would they care? The tax payers will always be there to be ripped of even more.

  • Rick - 2010-12-02 07:17

    Hey, Thabo! Your African renaissance is clearly well under way in SA!

  • hsaib - 2010-12-02 09:08

    i worked on the project a few years back....i spoke to one of the guys that worked with me a bout 3 months back and he says that the GDE does not support the schools and the schools are approaching former tchnicians to get the machines running. this now costs the schools as most of the guys i worked with left and are doing this as a after hourse job....

  • clinton.cook - 2010-12-02 09:13

    Why are you all getting so upset? As long as the minister's children are in private schools, why should they care? We are living in an Orwelian country where the only time the Gov. cares about us is just before elections.Now that that is cleared up, stop your bitching, pay your taxes,get robbed & raped now and again, sit back and watch the whole thing hit the fan. Now before you call me the R word (as if I really give a sh*t)please note that I believe in my country's people, as long as you are NOT a politician,ANCYL member(that will be you ju-ju)FAT cop,student raping teacher,Arora mine owner,striking metro cop/worker/train driver , oh and last but not the least BLOODY TAXI DRIVER (well at least 98% of them) Now I will sit back and await the " go to Australia/counter revolutionist/racist white man/bla bla bla comments that I will receive.

  • hearn.sheldon - 2010-12-02 09:25

    Very superficial journalism. The scary thing is not that they're doing a bad job on site at the schools. The scary thing is that the deal was structured as a lease model. That means that these billions (R3bn, last I heard) were paid to: 1) Set up a well-connected data centre. 2) Set up a wireless mesh network. 3) Connect schools to that network. 4) Provision computer labs in the schools. The consortium that "won" the bid was paid more than enough to do all of this, but here's the kicker. At the end of the lease, the tax payer has no claim on anything but the computer labs in the schools. The consortium can go ahead and rent out the rest of it (the data centre and the network) to whomever they please. So, in effect, they've been paid to set up a commercial venture that South African tax payers won't benefit from. A previous commenter stated "Managed by those who dont know who gave contracts to those who know even less". This isn't true. The "tender bid" was won by a single consortium, and the players within that consortium are very clear about who gets which pieces of the pie.

  • Scarlotta - 2010-12-02 09:33

    It is very frustrating for the schools to not have internet available. I work with an organisation that offers online educational projects for kids from 40 countries around the world and the only requirement is that the school needs internet access, the rest is free, but we are having such a hard time to get schools in Gauteng to participate because we cannot rely on Gauteng Online the way we were made to believe we would be able to. It is so sad that our kids miss out on so many great programmes out there that provide exactly what they refer to in the article "innovative education, using information and communication technology in enhancing quality learning and teaching". As South Africans we need to do serious catching up in educational trends globally to give our kids the best education around, but as always it no accountability, finger pointing and money going missing that is at the core of the problem.

  • WitAfrikaan - 2010-12-02 14:09

    we were part of the first phases on the GOL project. The equipment we installed were first class and handed over in a working state. the only problem with the equipment were the "satelite service provider". we installed around 400 of these labs. the major problem, the security and school personel. the security company that were contracted to gaurd ALL the labs were not up to it. 95% of the school personel are interested in everything else but giving class! from these GOL labs we came across take away shops being ran from them!, etc etc. As long as people believe they have got a right to milk it will continue!

  • Joseph - 2011-06-09 16:46

    Some info on Gauteng online, Marvin Pillay ( enterprise Architect ) approached Sa Wireless, as Sentech contract was coming to a close and wanted a service provider to take over, there had also spoken to I burst , but was to expensive. Whilst in the meeting Sa Wireless disgust the way forward in wireless technology and showed Marvin Pillay and his manager how would Sa Wireless go to supply Gauteng online, wireless connections. Sa Wireless showed Marvin Pillay and the manager how the schools would be connected with wireless and school labs would benefit also with internet.. After the meeting sawireless was asked to send a proposal through to Marvin Pillay ( enterprise Architect ) in how the schools would be connected up with wireless equipment. This was done, there after sawireless did not hear a word back form GSSC only to find out that some-one was doing the project. Sawireless feels that they were used to find out how to connect the schools, and the info and planning was stolen by GSSC from Sa Wireless

  • joseph.vanzyl - 2011-11-24 08:04

    Some info on Gauteng online, Marvin Pillay ( enterprise Architect ) approached Sa Wireless, as Sentech contract was coming to a close and wanted a service provider to take over, there had also spoken to I burst , but was to expensive. Whilst in the meeting Sa Wireless disgust the way forward in wireless technology and showed Marvin Pillay and his manager how would Sa Wireless go to supply Gauteng online, wireless connections. Sa Wireless showed Marvin Pillay and the manager how the schools would be connected with wireless and school labs would benefit also with internet.. After the meeting sawireless was asked to send a proposal through to Marvin Pillay ( enterprise Architect ) in how the schools would be connected up with wireless equipment. This was done, there after sawireless did not hear a word back form GSSC only to find out that some-one was doing the project. Sawireless feels that they were used to find out how to connect the schools, and the info and planning was stolen by GSSC from Sa Wireless

  • joseph.vanzyl - 2011-11-24 08:05

    Some info on Gauteng online, Marvin Pillay ( enterprise Architect ) approached Sa Wireless, as Sentech contract was coming to a close and wanted a service provider to take over, there had also spoken to I burst , but was to expensive. Whilst in the meeting Sa Wireless disgust the way forward in wireless technology and showed Marvin Pillay and his manager how would Sa Wireless go to supply Gauteng online, wireless connections. Sa Wireless showed Marvin Pillay and the manager how the schools would be connected with wireless and school labs would benefit also with internet.. After the meeting sawireless was asked to send a proposal through to Marvin Pillay ( enterprise Architect ) in how the schools would be connected up with wireless equipment. This was done, there after sawireless did not hear a word back form GSSC only to find out that some-one was doing the project. Sawireless feels that they were used to find out how to connect the schools, and the info and planning was stolen by GSSC from Sa Wireless

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