Most schools re-opened after Cape Town storm

2017-06-09 15:21
School desks. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - Most of Cape Town pupils were back at their desks on Friday as repairs began on the 135 schools damaged during the severe storm this week, the Western Cape Education Department said.

The only exceptions were schools that had been severely damaged. District officials were working on contingency plans with these schools, education MEC Debbie Schafer said.

The massive storm pummelled the Cape Town region between Tuesday night and Thursday morning. Trees fell, fences broke, and classrooms were flooded. The roofs of 41 schools were damaged.

Schools were closed on Wednesday, when the storm was particularly strong. When they started reopening on Thursday, the Safe Schools call centre collated damage reports from the province's 1447 schools.

These reports were sent to the provincial public works department. It had activated emergency procurement processes to get the repairs done quickly and to make the affected schools safe.

Just as the storm showed signs of subsiding, a number of massive fires went out of control between Knysna and George. Emergency evacuations were carried out on Wednesday night.

Damage assessment was still underway. By Friday, six schools had been closed in the Eden and Karoo districts, mostly because of thick, black smoke.

Principals could report damage to the Safe Schools centre on 0800 454 647.

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