Construction work draws to an end

2019-06-06 06:00
Part of the new structure that is erected at KwaFaku primary school in Lower Crossroad. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Part of the new structure that is erected at KwaFaku primary school in Lower Crossroad. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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The ongoing construction work of KwaFaku Primary School in Lower Crossroads is expected to be completed before the end of the year, with 80% of the work already done.

The school was demolished in June last year following safety concerns and the learners were accommodated on mobile classrooms until the construction was complete.

Once the construction is complete, the school will accommodate up to 1240 learners including 120 Grade R learners.

The new premises which cost the department R64m, will comprise 32 classrooms (12 foundation phase, 12 intermediate phase, four senior phase, and four Grade R), two multi-purpose classrooms, and a science laboratory.

The school will also have a hall and an administration building. Director of Communication at the Western Cape Education Department, Bronagh Hammond said the construction of the building is approximately 80% complete.

She says it is expected to be finished before the schools close for the December holidays.

“It is anticipated to end in 2019. Then the second phase will be the removal of the mobile classrooms and the establishment of a new sports field. And this is anticipated to end approximately mid-year 2020,” said Hammond.

However, she stated that there might be a delay due to inclement weather and the community dissatisfaction with employment opportunities.

Chairperson of the Education Sector for the Philippi Development Forum, Pamela Buhlungu confirmed that everything is going according to plan.

“We are impressed by the way things are going on site at the moment. Even though there were some problems from subcontractors who were doing shoddy work but we sorted everything,” said Buhlungu.

She described the construction of the school in the area as a huge investment to the community at large. She urged residents to look after the school.

“Our community must be the eyes and ears of the school. They must ensure that it is protected all the time,” she urged

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