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2018-03-02 06:00

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In a mission to transform Maluti Sub-district

The government continues to invest in education through the construction and upgrading of more than 12 schools around the Maluti Sub-District. The Eastern Cape government will continue to invest in education and skills development as key conditions for economic growth.

The government will also push ahead with the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative, a national programme to tackle school infrastructure backlogs in the country.

The schools that will receive new classrooms and be upgraded are: Mosa-Sibi SSS, Manguzela JSS, Phuthadijaba SPS, Mothibisi SSS, Damane SPS, Bavumile SPS, Mavundleni SPS, Pontseng JSS, Makhoba JSS, Upper Mkhemane JSS, Zibi Mayer JSS and Kennersly SPS.

Zibi Meyer JSS will see the construction of a mega school. In the pipeline, there are also 38 classrooms that will accommodate 1 732 learners, two Grade R centres with facilities, admin blocks, nutrition facilities and computer and science labs. Kennersly SPS, Upper Mkhemane JSS and Makhoba JSS will also receive mega schools.

Pontseng JSS in Ward 11, which is currently being constructed by Coega Development Corporation, is being injected with a mega school, with a hostel to follow after the completion of phase 1.

A number of schools in the region have been affected by leaking buildings and other poor workmanship issues. The government is acting to upgrade the condition of these schools and provide extra capacity.

This latest investment is the next step in ensuring that schools in the Maluti Sub-region have sufficient capacity and can provide learners with the best education opportunities possible in innovative and safe learning environments.

Be cautious of listeriosis

Communities are urged to be vigilant following the outbreak of listeriosis. This is a rare infection but deemed serious and is caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria listeria monocytogenes.

Listeriosis is usually spread through the ingestion of contaminated food products, most frequently in raw or unpasteurised milk and soft cheeses but also vegetables, processed foods, ready to eat meats and smoked fish products.

The listerium bacterium can survive in normal temperatures associated with refrigeration (four degrees).

Symptoms of the disease include: flu-like symptoms, nausea or diarrhoea, fever, general body pains, vomiting, weakness and infection of the bloodstream and meningitis.

In at-risk patients, the spread of the infection to the nervous system can cause meningitis, leading to headaches, confusion, a stiff neck, loss of balance and convulsions.

The disease is treatable but not contagious.


Rinse raw fruits and vegetables under running water. Wash hands, cooking utensils and counter tops after preparing and handling uncooked foods. Do not drink unpasteurised milk

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