All Limpopo textbooks to be delivered by mid-November

2013-10-11 16:58

All textbooks for the 2014 school year will be delivered in Limpopo by mid-November, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has said.

She said the department in Limpopo has enlisted the services of the South African Post Office to deliver the books.

“The reports received were encouraging, especially the one dealing with the delivery of textbooks in the province. We have thus far received delivery of almost six million books and with the assistance of the post office we will conclude the delivery of textbooks by mid-November,” she said in a statement.

Earlier, Motshekga’s department had promised delivery by the December holidays.

This will be the first time the department itself delivers books in two years. In 2010, it outsourced the purchasing and distribution of books to EduSolutions. But the contract was cancelled in April last year when officials discovered major flaws in it.

The national department of basic education took over the delivery of textbooks, and by the time books arrived in schools, the first six months of the year had gone.

Motshekga also said she was disappointed that her department in Limpopo received a disclaimer from the Auditor-General.

“We are obviously disappointed with the outcome of the Auditor-General’s report, which gave the province a disclaimer. In my meeting with the Auditor-General the reason for the disclaimer was mainly due to the inability to resolve issues raised in previous years, mainly due to capacity constraints.

“We’ve already started working on issues identified by the Auditor-General and we are hopeful that by the time we conclude this intervention in the province we will leave it with a healthy financial report.”

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