Western Cape schools closed on Wednesday due to thunderstorms

By Mieke Vlok
06 June 2017

The Western Cape is expected to experience strong winds and severe rainfall for a large part of Wednesday.

The Western Cape Education Department has taken an "unprecedented step" and decided schools should remain closed on Wednesday following the aggressive weather that is expected.

"After extensive consultation with all roleplayers and at the recommendation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Management and SA Weather Service, I have taken the unprecedented decision in the interest of learner and educator safety to close schools in the Western Cape tomorrow, 7 June 2017," said Brian Schreuder, head of the Department of Education, in a statement.

He added that the department was informed that the Western Cape would experience strong winds and severe rainfall for a large part of Wednesday during a storm that is expected on 6 June.

The SA weather forecast predicts that winds of up to 90 km per hour and rainfall of more than 50 mm can be expected.

"We are cognisant that this decision will disrupt school programmes tomorrow, but we will be working with schools to ensure that the programme returns to normal and we request their understanding and cooperation in the circumstances.

"Our primary concern is the safety of learners and staff. The storm may damage some schools, which could place learners and staff at risk, as well as those who commute to school, especially in rural areas."

Schreuder added that public transport for learners would not run on Wednesday morning.

School will continue as usual again on Thursday.

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