Eastern Cape pupils must walk to school

2011-01-15 10:20

Johannesburg - Thousands of Eastern Cape school pupils will have to walk to school next week after the education department suspended scholar transport until the end of March.

Dispatch Online reported on Friday that the department had run out of money.

Due to the department’s financial constraints, service providers were notified their contracts had been terminated. The department transports more than 100 000 pupils from poorer schools in the province.

The suspension of scholar transport came as no surprise as the department had a projected over-expenditure of R3.1bn, the Dispatch reported.

Superintendent-general Modidima Mannya confirmed the decision.

"We have run out of funds for scholar transport. We need R214m to take us to the end of the financial year in March," he said.

"We owe a lot to service providers, but I can’t tell you the exact amount. That is the situation we find ourselves in."

  • logical007 - 2011-01-15 10:45

    Too much money lining their own pockets I guess... I wonder what their bonuses amounted to last month??? Don't believe a word that is sprouted by a minister or president LIES LIES and more lies!

  • SoulDaddy - 2011-01-15 10:48

    nah that's good. I remember jogging 10 kilometres to school each day and back again to keep in shape. then i ate a bucket of chicken afterwards so it's a great idea

      Chop tjop - 2011-01-15 15:42

      You know, the youngstas(often referred to as junior comrades...) of today, they can't multi-task. Steal a bicycle AND a chicken...and you're waxed for the week! Now,remember,only take what you need, not like those Comrades(read ASSHOLES!) Helping themselves to a share of R3.1bn! WTF

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-01-15 11:06

    I walked 5km each and every day when I was in Matric. Except for the handful of days when we had access to my friend's mom's car. It gives you time to reflect, smoke a cigarette and grab a few handfulls of a sexy girl's bottom.

      Prava Ja - 2011-01-15 11:43

      Let me guess you were in Vaal high?

      AJ - 2011-01-17 08:50

      Bet you had no need for Planet Fitness then either, hey Vaal? The good ol' days...hehe.

  • Whitefedup - 2011-01-15 11:16

    whats the big deal. as i a kid I walked to school my whole life.... but i guess the ANC IS already trying to bullshit these poor scholars into voting foir them in the future sometime.....

  • Prava Ja - 2011-01-15 11:17

    Do they not pay their bills monthly in order to see this coming or what... Honestly that is just pathetic, you don't just run out of funds all of a sudden, fire the bookkeeper I say. Or someone has been pocketing!

  • dare.myburgh - 2011-01-15 11:34

    No wonder the people at The department transport can not think,you put up all these ugly toll gates which is a waist of money,which sould have been used for scholar transport and now you want R214m to take them to the end of the financial year in March,F#ck off Dig in your own pockets you morons,you stuffed up now fix it yourself.

  • Sharyn - 2011-01-15 11:46

    WTF from primary school I walked to school and back, up and down hills in rain or shine, for bloody miles,and ate sticky buns on the..get a life

  • JohnnySolo - 2011-01-15 12:09

    Three BILLION over budget and NOW they discover they've run out of money to provide essential transport for the "learners" (what a daft term) and they haven't paid their "service providers" either. Seems "black education" has almost come full circle in the EP (and the rest of SA soon enough): 150 years ago black education simply didn't exist and now .....

  • Francois - 2011-01-15 16:13

    Superintendent-general Modidima Mannya, you are actually acknowledging the fact that there is no control over Eastern Cape Education Finances. How is it possible that you owe a lot a service providers in the first place - this is Jan - the December service should have been paid for already. How do you not know how much you owe? Is this service not governed by a contract? Do you not issue a purchase or service order and get an invoice and pay that invoice. I think Minister Prahvin must take a look into this and at least one person should be fired.

      Allin - 2011-01-15 16:27

      They don't use the systems they have so have no idea how much they owe. Service providers generally have to bribe officials to get the money owed to them.

      Petrus - 2011-01-20 20:47

      What you dont know is the corruption behind it...wake up!

      Petrus - 2011-01-20 20:52

      I was investigating these matters its corrupt as hell...who cares,nobody! There is millions involved no service delivered but providers paid millions!

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-01-15 17:02

    They should be fired but won't. ho hum Walking to school isn't the worst thing that could happen to someone though.

  • - 2011-01-15 17:03

    I used to walk over 8 kilometers per day to get to and from school! Some of the kids of today need the excercise :)

  • AJ - 2011-01-17 08:49

    What happened to the money in the budget for this? Not planning is bad enough, but when accompanied by thieving of public funds too, schemes dont stand a chance. Who suffers? The loyal per usual. 5th times the charm, right?

  • zoolmadool - 2011-01-17 10:36

    Nothing like a brisk walk before school to keen the senses and get the circulation going .Pupils will be wide awake for longer and more receptive will do the grades the world of good. the may be exceptions like those that rock up after the knock of bell but those could excell in nature study.

  • Logicalthink - 2011-01-19 08:39

    Last week I had the priveledge of sitting in a que for 3 hours to try and get our gardeners child placed into a school that is in the same street as we live, in walking distance, only to be told they (the ECD) could offer 3 other schools all further than 12km from where we stay. When I told the man this his response was, "We are here to place children in schools, transport is the parents problem, not ours" Not a very nice person!

  • Petrus - 2011-01-20 20:39

    Does the publick know about the corruption behind the scolar transport?

  • African'shtr - 2011-02-08 11:39

    Talking from what I have seen happening in Idutywa and Butterworth officials from Education are over paying their friends so that they can get back the cash. i.e if 15km is R14 return what they do is they double that maybe lets say they will give yo R20 and multiply by Number of pupils and also change number of days even if it was a holiday or during sports times at schools they still count that, now tell me if thus how they do things, where the hell are they going to have a proper budget for a year

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