Vuwani's inter-ministerial committee to give update

2016-05-24 08:45
School that was set alight during protests in Vuwani, Limpopo. (News24 Correspondent)

School that was set alight during protests in Vuwani, Limpopo. (News24 Correspondent)

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Limpopo - Vuwani's inter-ministerial committee is set to brief the media on Tuesday on the state of affairs in the area following days of violent protest that led to the shutdown of about 50 of its schools after they were either burnt or vandalised. 

Residents went on the rampage after the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane on April 29 rejected their attempts to overturn a Municipal Demarcation Board decision and to stop Vuwani from being incorporated into a new municipality.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said it would cost at least R750m to repair the damage. Many of the schools' records and the annual matric marks were destroyed.

The schools were in villages in the Vuwani-Levubu area, and did not have the broadband and internet access to store records off site. Many were in very rural areas and police could not reach them in time.

The National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) appealed for crowdsourcing to aid affected schools. NECT head, Godwin Khosa earlier told News24 that since the protests had started, pupils had lost 10% of schooling time for the first half of the year.

Khosa said the donations would go towards minor renovations, classroom equipment, furniture, textbooks and stationery.

Specific needs included building materials for classrooms that could still be salvaged, 3 000 desks and chairs, computers, photocopy machines, projectors and 50 bookshelves. Tshivenda and Xitsonga reading books, textbooks, and study guides were also needed.

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