Officials watch Limpopo book delivery

2012-06-26 14:27

Johannesburg - The basic education department was monitoring textbook delivery to schools in Limpopo, it said on Tuesday.

By Wednesday, all schools in the province must have received outstanding textbooks, according to an agreement between the department and rights organisation Section 27.

"We get daily reports from the province and it is going well," department spokesperson Hope Mokgatlhe said.

The Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday it would ask Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the burning and shredding of textbooks in Limpopo.

"Today we will begin donating crates of books in perfect condition to schools who need them in Seshego, the township where government was destroying the books," the DA said in a statement.

The party had salvaged books from the dumpsite.

A contractor claimed government was paying to dispose of reading material, according to the DA.

A biography of former president Nelson Mandela, Shakespeare's Macbeth and Aids education manuals were among the dumped books, some of which were still in plastic wrappers, Beeld newspaper reported.

Mokgatlhe was not immediately available for comment on this matter.

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-06-26 14:42

    i thnk this name limpopo its a badluck,we must change it back to NORTHERN PROVINCE,

      lessy.lester - 2012-06-26 14:57

      No my friend, the bad luck is the ANC. Get rid of the ANC and see how the province will THRIVE. Just look at the Western Cape. Three WOMEN showing the incompetent and corrupt ANC HOW to rule. They are doing such a good job that pupils from other provinces are streaming there to be educated. The thing is, the ANC believes in keeping the masses illiterate and stupid (so they do not question the shady dealings of the ANC, while the Anties believe in keeping the masses EDUCATED in order for the masses to keep the Anties on their toes. Go Anties!

  • procold2 - 2012-06-26 14:42

    the burning of books is easy to explain, having no books is an excuse, the anc in zimpopo dont what the people educated, soon as they do get educated all votes will be lost.

      Nicholas - 2012-06-26 15:20

      Were it not for the media, pressure from opposition parties and threats of legal action ... it is clear that none of these books would be delivered. Zuma and his cohorts complain that the economy is "still in the hands" of whites, yet he has to be forced kicking and screaming to get black South Africans educated so that they too can become part of the economy.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-06-26 14:46

    Very very disappointing to think the MEC and his Lieutenants have put our province in the spotlight for the wrong reasons out of ignorance . I still have some of my school books from the 1980s and I also own a shredder YOU DON'T DESTROY BOOKS !

      di.hingley - 2012-06-26 23:32

      Apply for the job of the MEC Mgayi, you're the kind of person we need!

      Nyiks11 - 2012-06-27 08:00

      Well although the current MEC was born two villages away from mine , he beats me hands down when it comes to "struggle credentials" , fluency and persuasive speaking in vernecular , which have proved to be all that counts for a job like this .But thanks for the nomination

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-26 14:47

    Ja ne, Limpoopoo

  • Stormkaap - 2012-06-26 14:50

    Fire the bunch of 'watchers'. The delivery is 6mnths late

  • Gerald - 2012-06-26 14:51

    Hope Mokgatlhe thinks that 6 months late is "going well". Good for you Hope, be positive, think happy thoughts

      dalai.rama.9 - 2012-06-26 15:21

      Giving new meaning to the expression: "BETTER LATE THAN NEVER'

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-06-26 14:51

    Keep struggling comrades!!!!

  • Gavin - 2012-06-26 14:52

    great, not they will have books and about 5 months to complete a years worth of work. the ANC's policy of keep 'em dumb and we stay in power is working well in limping popo..

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-06-26 14:54

    I think in future ( if Limpopo is still under the ANC )schools should organise collection of the own text books from government warehouses . This whole subcontracting nonsense is open for abuse and results in lack of delivery as always

      Gerald - 2012-06-26 15:00

      or keep the books from last year. This is what parents kids and teachers should be doing as standard and after 18 years of the ANC experience if you still rely on them to deliver then you probably too dumb to be educated.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-06-26 15:26

      Jy weet , a lot of the text books I used throughout high school were hand me downs. A prerequisite for getting books for your next grade was handing in books from the old grade. Looks like these education officials did their primary and high school education through correspondence . .ALWAYS ABSENT !

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-06-26 14:59

    They should also watch the poor matric results caused by their incompetence and arrogance.

  • Emmanuel - 2012-06-26 15:05

    Not only shredding of books need to be investigated, the whole supply/tendering need to be investigated.

  • dalai.rama.9 - 2012-06-26 15:22


  • braamc - 2012-06-26 15:22

    Shoe, end of June, way in time for 2013. F#$cken useless bunch, good for nothing

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-06-26 15:28

    The 'ANsee-nothing' should be ashamed of themselves. Now the DA must jump in to salvage books from dump sites. It's gonna take another month if they must do it on their own. Always late even for their own funeral.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-06-26 15:29

    Jeez 18 years to deliver books,heybo.

  • Danie - 2012-06-26 15:41

    I hope they took leave,to watch, otherwise I would expect them to personally load and unload and deliver the books voters of.Limpopo you paying these slapgats to ruin your childdrens future.

  • Nathaniel - 2012-06-26 17:28

    I see one is commenting that matric results will be poor in Limpopo because of this circus. Not with Umalusi present. The results will be adjusted so the powers that be can celebrate good improved results. Now, you can take that to the bank.

  • Johnson - 2012-06-26 17:56

    The ANCYL open toilet war is a far cry from the non delivery of text books. Its almost July and in 4 months people will start writing exams - Shame on you Shame on you ANC - worst example of leadership anywhere in the world. Education was one of your struggeling points now you neglect the very same thing you claimed the apartheid regime did - at least back then there was lots of text books on time

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-06-27 11:15

    Limp.....paw......paw thats what this province has been reduced to. To shred books which could be re-used or sent to libraries is an UTTER DISGRACE. This government has too much money, you only do this type of thing when there is abundance. WHAT a DISGRACE just a whole lot of spendthrifts. Easy come easy go.

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