Limpopo textbook distribution 'on track'

2012-06-27 15:29

Johannesburg - The distribution of textbooks in Limpopo was on track on Wednesday, the department of basic education said.

"Yesterday [Tuesday] books for Grades 1 to 3 were distributed and today [Wednesday] we are working on Grade 10," director general Bobby Soobrayan said.

In May, the North Gauteng High Court ruled that the department's failure to provide textbooks violated the Constitution.

The application was brought by rights organisation Section 27.

Catch-up plan

Judge Jody Kollapen ordered the department to devise a catch-up plan to remedy the consequences of the delay, and to supply the affected schools with textbooks by June 15.

The department failed to meet the court's deadline.

Section 27 and the department met on Thursday and agreed that all books would be delivered to schools by or on Wednesday.

The Democratic Alliance said many of the schools it was monitoring had not received textbooks by 11:00.

Soobrayan said the last boxes of books were being loaded into trucks at a central warehouse. From there, the books would be taken to district warehouses and then delivered to schools.

The department expected that some schools might need extra books if there were administrative errors in the numbers of pupils at each school.

To accommodate this, additional books were available.


On Saturday, Congress of the People MP Tshilidzi Ravhuanzwo said "piles and piles" of text books and stationery had been dumped, apparently for disposal, at a site in Seshego, near Polokwane.

Opposition parties expressed outrage at the apparent wastage, as thousands of pupils in Limpopo schools had not been supplied with textbooks.

DA provincial spokesperson Jamie Turkington said in a statement the party would monitor the progress of textbook deliveries in Limpopo throughout the day.

He said schools had not been notified that the textbooks would be delivered on Wednesday and some were not prepared to receive them.

"In the Polokwane district, for instance, delivery trucks arrived at Tom Naude High School, but had to be turned away, because no one [at the school] was notified by the department that books were arriving."

He said some schools which had acquired textbooks did not receive their full consignment.

The DA would donate salvaged books to Lotonang Primary school in Seshego later on Wednesday.

"The books we are donating were salvaged from the site where government was paying a contractor to destroy them," Turkington said.

  • Tommo - 2012-06-27 15:37

    On track???? Yeah right...

      Bardy - 2012-06-27 15:51

      Why does it take the DA to make noise about the destroyed books before government actually does something to get these kids books? Is this not supposed to happen automatically? I mean, this is the education departments job FFS! And what's worst... It's already in the middle of the year!!!!

      Tommo - 2012-06-27 17:26

      @ bardy. That's because the DA is doing their job. The ANC isn't.

  • Nicorien Le Roux - 2012-06-27 15:40

    Track? What track? Oh you mean the gravy train track! Yeah..... Everything is on track!

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-06-27 15:42

    It's almost the end of June. The School holidays start next week. The pupils return close to the end July. And they start preparing for exams in October. That's three months after the school holidays. They've lost almost three quarters of the school year. And the idiot Education Department says they're on track!!! They are brain dead.

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-06-27 16:37

      One must have a brain for it to be dead....

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-27 15:52

    "To accommodate this, additional books were available." Really??

  • keith.recore - 2012-06-27 15:53

    how can schools that haven't received textbooks yet, not know books are coming and the importance of books arriving and being accepted was not a priority and all hands should have been on deck to get this right. this surely doesn't bode well for the students nor for how the students needs are prioritized for the catch up plan. It is not the students fault but failing them seems to be the education departments main accomplishment and visually appears to be their goal to fail, as it is one excuse after another. Coordination, heard of it?

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-27 15:58

    every individual withiin the anc responsible for these human rights abuses should be dragged behind bakkies until dead

  • Clive - 2012-06-27 16:06

    How the hell can something be "on track" when it is six months behind schedule? Is this really what things are coming to - that the voters are willing to accept what's not even second best, not even mediocrity, but downright incompetence and non-delivery (literally)? That the govt thinks things are going okay if they're only six months late? As for the so-called catch-up, has anyone consulted the Strike And Don't Teach Union? After all, Cosatu and its affiliates are very much the tail that wags the dog, and I can't see this particular union cooperating.

  • Enlightened - 2012-06-27 16:14

    how in the world can it be on track when they've already exceeded the first deadline? Africa. That's what it is!

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-06-27 16:18

    The Schools will be closed for holidays & they'll have to return them ....

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-06-27 16:25

    On track towards disaster?

  • Vicker - 2012-06-27 16:40

    And what about the court deadline that was not met? Will there be Contempt of Court warrants issued? The whole f*****g ANC should be issued with a warrant, and summarily shot, for Contempt of Citizens...

  • andre.marx - 2012-06-27 16:47

    An idee from a tax payer ...... order next years text books now......and maybe you will be able to get them to the children at the start of the 2013.......but hey .... what do I know?

  • Mgayi - 2012-06-27 16:58

    "In the Polokwane district, for instance, delivery trucks arrived at Tom Naude High School, but had to be turned away, because no one [at the school] was notified by the department that books were arriving." I expected this to happen at some of these previously whites only schools , they'll do anything to aid the DA's cause to humiliate the ANC government

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-27 17:16

      @DOMMGAYI, You expected that the books will be delivered to closed school. Why did you not get of your fat lazy ass and helped to get it delivered before the schools closed! No, you too lazy for that hey, rather sit in the sun, waiting on your govament grant, your useless bastard!

      Mgayi - 2012-06-27 17:55

      Fotsek , the headmaster's son lives on the school premises . why didn't he accept the books on the school's behalf ? O bolela nyoko leshete

      Clive - 2012-06-27 21:14

      The help of the DA is not required to humiliate the ANC government; its total incompetence has ensured self-humiliation. I got the impression on tonight's news that even the smarmy, untouchable Jeff Radebe was embarrassed by what has transpired in Limpopo. Are you suggesting, Mgayi, that delivering school textbooks six months late, and during school holidays, is acceptable? If so, you've got precisely the government YOU deserve. The rest of us live in hope of something better.

      Clive - 2012-06-27 21:28

      "... no one at the school was notified....." In other words the department did not do its job - again! Or were people supposed to wait at the school gates forever waiting for the dept to do what it should have done six months ago? And surely only a senior member of the school's staff is authorised to accept such an important delivery? Whichever way you look at it, Mgayi, the Limpopo education dept - and, by extension - the national dept, failed abysmally. HEADS MUST ROLL.

  • Shaun - 2012-06-27 17:09

    Confused? I'm sure that's a typo because that opening sentence should read "The distribution of textbooks to Limpopo is 8 months late and we apologise for f*cking up your educational futures."

  • Juan - 2012-06-27 17:12

    Amazing how miracles can happen if a fire get's lit under her fat a$$. Then things starts happening at the speed it was supposed to in the first place

  • Shaun - 2012-06-27 17:12

    And to add insult to injury, the Department of Basic Education is trying to deliver already late textbooks to schools THAT ARE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS. WTF!!!!!!!

  • Nicolaas - 2012-06-27 17:13

    Only on track, on track to where, the dumping site! Does this idiots do not understand the concept " of being delivered"!It means that is should not be on track but delivered already, useless bastards!

  • leonard.vanvuuren.1 - 2012-06-27 17:19

    Textbook deadline 'will not be met' reads the news24 headline @ 17:15 today\r\nLmao\r\nAlways a story..... Always a story

  • Shaun - 2012-06-27 17:22

    How can an entire department violate the Constitution and STILL keep their jobs? This is beyond disgraceful. How ironic that we rejected Bantu Education for this? How can South Africans continue to accept this? In every aspect of government ... education, health, safety and security, employment creation, there has been an EPIC FAILURE on the part of this government. Stop listening to their empty promises and start judging by their actions on the ground. South Africans really need to wake up!

      sanzasonny - 2012-06-27 17:33

      You are right Shaun and in the meantime people will continue to blame apartheid instead of getting rid of the lousy parasites fleecing us taxpayers. I say, fire all including the tenderpreneur Namane Masemola and his bunch of thieves.

  • colleen.williams.1840 - 2012-06-27 17:30

    Six months late?? Im convinced now that the ANC want to keep the majority of people in this country uneducated! This way you can manupilate, intimidate and lie to the uneducated, because this way they will not understand the effects of corruption and bad governance! Also to keep the votes up now foreigners can apply for ID documents and vote! For who? The ANC of course!

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