More teams to probe textbook debacle

2012-07-04 14:38

Johannesburg - Two more teams were set up on Wednesday to probe problems with textbook deliveries to Limpopo schools.

One was appointed by the presidency and the second by the Limpopo government.

An investigation is already being conducted by former Gauteng education MEC Mary Metcalfe, who was appointed to do so on Monday by the department of basic education.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the presidential task team would investigate the causes of non-delivery of books and make recommendations.

"The team will investigate why the textbooks were never delivered to schools and make recommendations to prevent a future recurrence," he said.

"The decision to appoint the team was made after President Jacob Zuma met with Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga on Tuesday."

Limpopo provincial government spokesperson Tebatso Mabitsela said its team was set up by the provincial executive committee on Tuesday.

Six months without textbooks

"The committee saw it fit to establish a provincial task team led by director general Rachel Modipa to investigate the problems around delivery of books, as we are part of the total sphere of government and believe in co-ordination and good governance."

Mabitsela said the team's terms of reference were still being formulated, but chief among them was to inspect the distribution of books.

Pupils in the province had been without textbooks for the past six months, as the department failed to procure books on time.

The presidential team would start work immediately.

It would comprise the deputy ministers of finance, Nhlanhla Nene; basic education, Enver Surty; performance, monitoring and evaluation, Obed Bapela; co-operative governance and traditional affairs Yunus Carrim; and public service and administration, Ayanda Dlodlo.

The province's departments of education, roads and transport, health, public works and treasury were placed under the administration of the national government in January.

  • jack.oosthuysen - 2012-07-04 14:51

    My suggestion is all these observers should each be supplied a list of schools, bakkies, load the books and start delivering. As right now it is a mad scramble and the kids are left dumbstruck.

  • Gavin - 2012-07-04 14:57

    in order to get to the 'bottom' of this debacle, you'll need a really large anal probe.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-04 14:58

    Why form 3 different teams when the three teams could have representatives in just one team? They are just going to duplicate each other's efforts. What business does the Provincial team have investigating a cock~up which occurred under the NATIONAL Ministry? What happens if the findings contrdict each other? This shows that the public service is bloated and there are people who are getting paid for sitting around and twiddling their thumbs

      vlarismam - 2012-07-04 15:06

      So right! Just another excuse to p#ss away our tax money!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-04 16:23

      Unbelievable - the ANC's response to every situation seems to be to form a committee. Nice work, if you can get it.....

  • Rowan Cranston - 2012-07-04 14:59

    Just hire a couple of bakkies and deliver the damn books. Stop wasting money on incompetant 'teams'

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-07-05 12:55

      Or get the Airforce involved if the area's are remote and difficult to get to by road...FFS, there are so many solutions here, none of which require much brain power, whats up with forming 3 separate teams to "investigate why the textbooks were never delivered to schools and make recommendations to prevent a future recurrence," Deliver the books already! These poor learners are being handicapped by the same cANCer government that their parents voted into power!!

  • dianne.b.hartley - 2012-07-04 15:03

    with this amount of people 'probing' the matter they'll be tripping over each other trying to cover up the cover up!

  • sanet.oelofse - 2012-07-04 15:03

    How many government officials does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

      frans.vanderpoll - 2012-07-04 15:16

      Government officials can't screw in a lightbulb - someone stole the manual so they need to appoint a task team to do the job.

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-07-05 12:58

      But first they must form a committee to determine why the bulb needs replacing...and if it has anything to do with where lightning comes from...

  • jan.human - 2012-07-04 15:04

    There goes our tax money!!! AGAIN!!How many team members?? Salaries??? Cars??? Homes???? Hotel cost????? Brandy???? Chosa????

  • ian.flack2 - 2012-07-04 15:07

    All the teams will probably duplicate the work and come to different non-conclusive conclusions, what a waste of money...........

  • kmaruma - 2012-07-04 15:15

    Another excuse to steal

  • regardt1 - 2012-07-04 15:15

    This government rules on a reactionary basis. They wait until something happens, then they try to hide the fact that it did happen, when that fails they try to downplay the severity of the problem. They only do something when forced into a situation where there is no alternative. They should take a more pro-active stance on governing this country. They should rather try to prevent problems and corruption, rather than waiting for it to happen. Easier said than done though.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-04 15:19

    Oh no. More teams now? For heavens sake don't make the situation even more ridiculous than it already is. You don't need teams. Two people at most with a pen and a note pad. What 'teams' do you need?

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-04 16:25

      They haven't yet learned about Excel and Delivery/Dispatch Notes and a strange thing called a recon .....

  • GWsykwatcher - 2012-07-04 15:20

    Then we’ll set up a team to analyze the teams’ results.

  • di.hingley - 2012-07-04 15:39

    Is the investigation only starting now? OMG!!!! Six months down the line and the investigation starts.....The children will never get back these last six months, they have lost so much and the investigation only starts now!!!! I am lost for words!!!!! My heart breaks!!!!

  • lmapheto - 2012-07-04 15:42

    This is the the most disapointing way to eat taxpayers much are you paying this teams? SO YOU TARGET PROBLEMS THAT HAVE MONEY BENEFITS? The books have been delivered so close the matter and lets move on to other challenges...i am getting realy tired of this administration that shakes whenever a bored opposition complains

  • ian.flack2 - 2012-07-04 15:48

    I wonder where Andre's comment about the light bulb has gone??????

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-04 16:32

      I've put my assistant, Thomas Edison on the case and I am sure that he will be able to cast some light on the subject in due course ....

      ian.flack2 - 2012-07-04 16:40

      I don't think it was a filament of my imagination!

  • Erna - 2012-07-04 16:01

    And who is investigating the great Angie Motshega?

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-04 16:29

      I am ....... elementary my dear Watson.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-04 16:04

    "provincial task team". Just fire the incompetent sods and make sure it never happens again. Why must more money be wasted on a provincial 'cover up' team?

  • braamc - 2012-07-04 19:52

    F(%^ck the f*&^cken useless thieving ANC

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