Tension over Grabouw mobile classrooms

2012-04-04 07:57

Cape Town - A Grabouw community leader has threatened protests if the Western Cape education department installs mobile classrooms on a disputed site, the Cape Times reported on Wednesday.

Elgin Grabouw Civic Organisation leader John Michels said he had not seen an environmental impact assessment clearance form for the site, which has wetlands on it.

Education MEC Donald Grant recently announced the extra classrooms would be built on the council-owned site and that it had been approved by the developmental planning department.

His department told the newspaper the school would be fenced off from the wetlands.

Michels said the mobile classes, and ultimately a new school, should be built on a sports field close to two predominantly Coloured schools in Grabouw.

"This would be convenient, central and conducive to [racial] integration of the community," he said.

The town was the scene of violent protests last month against overcrowding at Umyezo Wama Apile Combined school.

  • NrGx - 2012-04-04 08:04

    FFS's - just be thankful you are getting classrooms. The rest of the country still doesnt and probably will never with the anc in charge.

      Jason - 2012-04-04 08:52

      You obviously missed what the article is about, take a deep breath and read again!

      Philip - 2012-04-04 09:09

      NrGx ... to some extent I do agree with you. Yet bringing the ANC into this, that's just useless, let the DA sort it out on their terms, so that there can be seen that they listen to the people they serve.

      Junebugg - 2012-04-04 09:15

      @NrGx Did you read the Article or you just read the headlines?

      NrGx - 2012-04-04 09:30

      Do you guys understand the article??? Do you realist they want to place the classrooms on other schools sports fields. Essentially taking away their extra mural activities? So in essence you agree to take away from others to benefit a few?

      Junebugg - 2012-04-04 10:09

      A Settler calling people who belong to that land refugees ?? what is wrong with that picture?..Whats next Americans calling Red indians Refugees in their own land?

      sha.dreyer - 2012-04-04 10:35

      It is being built on a wetland NrGx and there is and I quote from the article "Elgin Grabouw Civic Organisation leader John Michels said he had not seen an environmental impact assessment clearance form for the site, which has wetlands on it." The DA are messing up environmentally. A HUGE example of this is the largest official cull in Africa taking place in the WC- Bredell's cull. Only farmers were consulted about this and as far as I know no conservationists

  • Andiswa - 2012-04-04 08:06

    I really dont understand why a community leader would not support any structures that will assist children getting education..its these so called "leaders" who are failing our young kids then point fingers at other..unbelievable!!

      Jason - 2012-04-04 08:53

      He supports the structures, he just doesnt want them built on the wetlands, which might effect the Biodiversity of the area, we need to protect our land to.

      Mzwandile - 2012-04-04 08:57

      Please read the article again I think you missed an important point. He is against it being built in a wetland area and suggested an alternative place with good reasons - that sounds like a leaders who cares for his people.

      Andres - 2012-04-04 09:11

      I don't think so. He's using the wetlands as a scapegoat for causing a fight with Min. Donald Grant. When have you heard of an informal community kicking up a fuss about the environment? The classrooms are also mobile, so can be removed once the national Dept. of Public Works gives access to the permanent school site. This debacle is that national department's fault, not provincial, as they cannot get clearance to build the permanent school. It's cheap politics by national govt.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-04-04 08:11

    Typical ANC tacticts!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-04 08:15

      Oh shut up with your petty bull****

  • IAnon - 2012-04-04 08:14

    @John Michels - was there an environmental impact assessment done before hundreds of EC students arrived at the doorstep? Stop wasting everyone's time Michels - just get the mobile classrooms installed.

  • Koos - 2012-04-04 08:17

    Who let the dogs out?

  • Andres - 2012-04-04 08:18

    Shut up and let the children get an education! "Michels said the mobile classes, and ultimately a new school, should be built on a sports field close to two predominantly Coloured schools in Grabouw." What? Are you psycho? You claim you want community harmony, but you want facilities to be taken from one and given to another? Talk about deliberately trying to inflame tensions. Let the classrooms be built and let all children use the sports fields, how about that? Use your brain, or are you an agent of Fransman's "Operation Reclaim?"

  • NrGx - 2012-04-04 08:39

    to all the "thumbs down"... So I can assume then that you are against children getting an education. Some education is better than NONE!

      Andres - 2012-04-04 09:15

      @Philip: You also need to read between the lines of the article. When last did an informal settlement reject development in favour of the environment. Really, we can't be THAT naive to think he really objects because of pretty Fynbos or reed species...

      Junebugg - 2012-04-04 09:16

      Lmao Give Philip a Bells

      sha.dreyer - 2012-04-04 10:39

      Annman, where I live in Knysna there is a Rastafarian community in the township who are trying to get a patch of fynbos declared a nature reserve so sorry that bombs your statement. Do you think that people in the townships or informal settlements as you call it do not or can not care?

  • Hermann - 2012-04-04 09:03

    Beggars who want to be choosers too. Thankful does not exist in their vocabulary.

  • Jymiro - 2012-04-04 09:14

    It is against the law to put an infrastructure in an environmentally sensitive area with an EIA being done, irrespective of where that is happening. I can't believe the insenstive comments in this forum which to me suggest that those kids (being Blacks unfortunately) should accept the mobile classes whatever the surrounding conditions are. Michell has pointed an alternative place where the classes could be built. He didn't reject the building of the mobile classes. Think for a moment, would you risk taking you children into a school build in a wetland area? I guess no

      Melania - 2012-04-04 10:02

      My child is in a mobile classroom. ON A WETLAND!!!! . If you don't believe me, come and visit Eloff primary. And guess what. We pay for schooling! There is no free schools for our kids. There shouldn't be a problem for this quick solution that they are giving away to the people for free. If they plan infrastructure correctly, they would install drainage systems.

      sha.dreyer - 2012-04-04 10:42

      And to hell with our wetland Melania? No I am sorry that is ridiculous. Wetlands also need protecting, humans can't just bulldoze everything in site like they have been doing

      Melania - 2012-04-04 11:25

      That's a ridiculous argument. The winter is almost here. Let them rig a quick solution. As the DA has shown, they deliver on promises and I am sure they will build the permanent structures soon at a better place. Why don't you go and protest on the informal settlements that are being built daily on wetlands. Go and give them your foolproof solutions. They need it desperately.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-04 14:42

      Agreed, Jymiro. My concern is where the human waste water will go? Straight into the wetlands? That's what is happening to all our rivers in the Country. Destroy one ecosystem and the rest will follow like a house of cards. Does anyone know how large the sports grounds are? Are they currently being utilised? Is the proposal that the classrooms be erected on the fringes (my thoughts) or on the actual fields?

  • Andres - 2012-04-04 09:24

    Why is EVERYONE missing the point here: 1) Operation Reclaim is a real policy of the W.Cape ANC 2) The WC Dept of Education has wanted to build a new school on Dept. of Public Works land in Grabouw, the national department still has not handed over the property. 3) There is a looming by-election in Grabouw, so cheap politics is being employed at the cost of the learners. Read the above, then read the article and make a balanced deduction of what Michels intentions are and why a permanent school has still not been built and who's at fault here. Also, understand Grabouw's population has exploded, doubling in a decade, mostly swelled by EC seasonal workers who have stayed. Rather than making assumptions on isolated incidents, be intelligent and analyse the overall picture.

  • gbrickles - 2012-04-04 10:32

    People, people, people!!! What has this world and country coming to? I hear statements about Refugees, Beggars can’t be choosers; People should not be ungrateful... Let me tell you people are sick and tired of being beggars, sick and tired of just accepting things that gets given to them and sick and tired of being used as pawns for politicians using them for their own personal interest and gains. Ask yourselves this: Out of all of you who's been to Grabou recently? Who knows about the dynamics of the rejoin? But we can comment about something we don’t know about! It’s easy for us to criticize! I am speaking in the capacity of being a parent and wanting the best for my kids. Why should my child go to a school that doesn’t have proper facilities? Our kids (including my own) go to a private school and have everything they should have. It is every citizens given right to have this. Our so called leaders in this country spend all their time in fixing the sh%t they created instead of doing their work! Covering up for one another to save some face. Are there no morals or standards in this country anymore? Give us the opportunity to vote for someone that has at least some credibility left! Someone that has some morals and standards!!! If there are any politicians out there please to the patriotic thing and run for president. You will surely have my vote! People are struggling! People are desperate! Put yourself on the other side for a change and see if your views are the same.

      Jymiro - 2012-04-04 11:47

      Well said gbrickles - I fully agree with you.

  • Manu - 2012-04-04 17:20

    This Grabouw must be a very special place if the only sites available for a school are a wetland or a sports field. Just sayin'.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-05 00:34

      Got it in one, Manu. Ask that question to the "Republic of Public Works". Is the present elite keeping land owned by the Government back for their own Cadres?

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