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classroom donated to needy school
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The handing over the key of the
to Hillwood Primary School principal,
Ms. Sandy Daniels, with Mr. Williams
from the Western Cape Department
donated a classroom to the Hillwood Primary School in Lavender Hill, Cape Town,
during the month of October. Jaco Calitz, managing director of Insitu Construction, which
managed the classroom construction said that his company could build classrooms for less
than 30 to 50 percent of conventional construction costs. Deputy Director for infrastructure
of the Western Cape education department, Ismail Jakoet attended the handover ceremony
and commented that population growth has created a problem because the Department can't
accommodate learners at all schools.
The stand alone classroom was constructed in a day
and was initiated as an effort to assist the
Department of Education with its struggle to provide
quality facilities to learners throughout South Africa.
is also motivated by the opportunity to
involve community members in future classroom
projects. Hennie Botes of
“Learners and matriculants who do not achieve
matric exemption are unlikely to receive bursaries for
further study and with the high matric failure rate
more needs to be done to assist these individuals with
skills transfer programmes”. Botes believes that the opportunity to involve the unemployed
youth in projects such as these would have far reaching benefits within their communities as
this would facilitate further employment opportunities within the housing sector.