Limpopo getting new textbooks early

2012-11-08 21:14

Johannesburg - Textbook deliveries to Limpopo schools for the new year will be done before Christmas, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Thursday.

"Deliveries to schools, final reconciliation of left-over stock, and further distribution to districts and circuits for possible school top-ups, will be completed by 7 December 2012," she told reporters in Polokwane, according to a statement issued by her office.

"The final administration of the entire project must be completed by 13 December 2012."

Publishers had been asked to reduce their prices. A total of 4.9 million textbooks had been ordered, at a reduced price of R236m.

This was a saving of 38%, compared to the lowest original price of R383m.

Procurement and delivery of stationery for the 2013 school year would cost R129.12m.

This was a 49.8% saving compared to the cost of stationery for the 2012 school year, which amounted to R259.8m.

"I am confident that come the first day of school, all the learners and educators will have learning and teaching materials," said Motshekga.

The department had procured textbooks for Grades 4 to 6, and Grade 11, as well as stationery packs for all grades.

The National Treasury had committed R380m for the 2013 procurement and delivery process, with additional funding for stationery packs, she said.

Deliveries to schools had already begun earlier this month, and would be accelerated to the rate of 200 a day.

Distribution company UTI would handle the deliveries.

"Publishers commenced with the delivery of stock to the central warehouse from 15 October 2012 onwards," Motshekga said.

This date was in keeping with the appointment of UTI (on 16 October) to ensure proper receipting of stock and planning for delivery.

About 95% of stock had already been received.

Information on delivery progress would be loaded every week on the department's website, and implementation would be monitored daily.

Motshekga and her department came under fire for failing to deliver textbooks to Limpopo schools timeously this year.

Lobby group Section27 said last week that some schools were still without textbooks.

  • tian.reyneke - 2012-11-08 21:17

    Lol ya right

      juju.malema.792 - 2012-11-09 09:18

      Eh Angie you still haven't delievered the books from last year, you f#3king incompentent twat.

  • marco.d.rego.5 - 2012-11-08 21:30

    The laughing stock

      art5SA - 2012-11-09 07:02

      Howz that "YAMULKHA" on Angie's head..... ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-09 07:52

      @art5SA Synthetics tend to distort in a way. Synthetic grass is plastic after all.

  • alananthonygreen - 2012-11-08 21:58

    Much better. That's all we ask for.

  • Grizzlybear - 2012-11-08 22:02

    C'mon Angie! Not that hard eh? Place the books in delivery vans, drive said vans to schools and offload said textbooks to the younger folks.\r\nYou can do it !!!

  • Erna - 2012-11-08 22:07

    Doesn't it make you why it is so much cheaper when you do the work yourself and leave out your favourite tenderpreneur!

      Erna - 2012-11-08 22:10

      Doesn't it make you think ....

  • Erna - 2012-11-08 22:15

    The whole sorry saga wasn't her fault, but is she now taking the credit?

  • freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-11-08 23:42

    Why is it news when someone is simply doing the job that they are paid for?

  • tebogo.maja.77 - 2012-11-09 06:15

    Too little too f*cking late for this year's students. Good job for helping with next year's preparation's. This was how it was supposed to be done from the get go for our precious students, but i guess her kids are in private schools, why would they care about the common student?. This cANCer is aggressive, i'm starting to doubt we can be free of it.

      jon.jones.90663894 - 2012-11-09 06:39

      Malesela21 -- you can be free of it when you start to say more 'racist' words and say them out aloud. Words like 'Zumaville' , 'Nkhandlagate' , 'TendaMemba' , 'Gravy train' , 'Corruption' , 'Oxygen thief' and stuff like that. 'cANCer' is a good start but you need to talk about the Anarchy Nepotism and Corruption gang daily and all day until the penny drops amongst your friends and acquaintances. You will be called a 'coconut' and a 'racist' but in time all of your friends will also become 'coconuts' and 'racists'. There will eventually be so many thinking and moral 'racists' that everybody who does not have their dirty little snouts in the trough will be a 'racist'. Then the 'racists' take over the country , put the tenderpreneurs and kleptocrats on trail and in jail and we can all pull the 'racist' stickers off our foreheads and become a normal country again. Be a 'racist' Malesela21 and a proud 'racist'. It's the only way for your children to have a future.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-09 07:06

    must u first smell the coffee..while the alarm went off ages ago...??? limpopo lives in the stone age...wakeup village girl

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-11-09 07:54

    Angie,you lie again.Your face tells it all.We know the ministers are all liars.So,we don't believe a word you say...

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-11-09 08:01

    For the sake of Mangaung business

  • raath - 2012-11-09 10:28

    That's not early, it's about a year too late!

  • gert.theunissen.3 - 2012-11-09 11:02

    Next obstacle will be to execute the delivery process. It will take them another year to figure it out.

  • norman.lewis.716 - 2012-11-09 11:35

    'Textbook deliveries to Limpopo schools for the new year will be done before Christmas' I will believe it, when i see it.

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-09 11:42

    Education is the foundation of every persons life and the entire country, a nation without education is a lost nation.Well done minister by acting early this time and let it not be in Limpopo all provinces around the country because it is only next month and is January,back to work.

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