Earlier this year construction at a local school came to a halt when residents from a nearby informal settlement disrupted the process. According to Igsaan Dramat, a teacher at Pelican Park High School, a new school hall was being built on the school grounds before the disruptions. Dramat says because of this the construction is now 45 days behind schedule and should have been completed before the matric examinations in October. He says the community is working together to ensure the work gets completed in the next few months. “We would like the hall to be finished before the matric exams,” he says. According to Dramat, the community came on board to stand behind the school. “Organisations, neighbourhood watches, the police, crèches, primary schools all came out to support the school. The community came to help so the process will stay on track. They are prepared to stand together,” he says. He added that the school is fortunate to get this support from the community. “The community will also be able to use the hall once it has been completed,” he says. Dramat says the community will protect what they have to ensure that such incidents don’t occur again.