Book storage room burns to the ground, but learning continues

2017-05-04 06:01
Text and work books have been destroyed in a freak fire at Yomelela Primary School.

Text and work books have been destroyed in a freak fire at Yomelela Primary School.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Learning at Yomelela Primary School in Khayelitsha has suffered a major setback following a fire that destroyed the storeroom including text books kept ther.

After the long weekend, staff arrived on Tuesday to discover that their administration block was destroyed.

Deputy Principal Sibongiseni Dlaku said: “I received a call from the caretaker alerting me to the fire. When I arrived at the school, I found that the adminstration room and the book store had caught fire.

The damage has been extensive as none of the books stored the escaped the fire.

“Even the printers were not saved,” he said.

He said that the fire also damaged the workbooks for the 3rd and 4th semester and other learning material.

“This will seriously set us back as a school as we have to find a way to get the workbooks. We also kept printing paper donated by parents there, including other stationery,” he added.

Dlaku said the cause of the fire was yet to be established but learning was continuing.

“We are appealing to parents to be understanding and be patient as we are battling to recover from this incident,” he said.

He added that this set back has put more pressure on the already struggling school to raise funds for the school programmes.

“We had already planned to have a Mother’s Day event to raise badly needed funds, now this will put us under more. We are, however working towards sorting it out despite it being a devastating setback.”

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.

Inside News24

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.