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North West Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela receives ululations and praises from the Lebotloane community after informing them that their long awaited request of a modernised school has finally been given a go ahead.
The Lebotloane community under Moretele Local Municipality has for the past over three years been making a call through service delivery protests and letters to the officials in the province to build them a school that serves to enhance the current needs of the youth in the modernised times.
Speaking to the community, School Governing Body (SGB) and the school management at Thulare Secondary School, MEC Matsemela conducted a sod turning at the now soon to be partly demolished partly renovated school.
She said that it has been long overdue and she knows how much the community has been waiting for the school.
“I promised the late Kgosi Nawa when I was the MEC then that as the department, we will build and renovate the school and make each and every learner much more dignified including the teachers in this school.”
“Unfortunately I got moved from my post before I could honour the promise I made to him. But shortly after being reappointed I found out that the school was not yet built and I had to make sure that we build the school as promised because besides anything else, the school is a necessity” said MEC.
The new building of the school is set to include renovations of 8 classrooms, 15 new classrooms, media centre, science laboratories, nutrition block, multi-purpose hall, administrative block and computer centre among others.
The project will cost the department R 78Million.
One community member Betty Moselane said that the project has been long overdue and they are happy as the community that finally their cries are being heard.
“The school is just damaged beyond repair and to add to that it is not even safe especially for learners to use. Broken windows all over, doors that can’t even be properly closed and poor sanitisation all-round” she said.
Her words were echoed by the local traditional leader Kgosi Kabelo Nawa who also pleaded with the community to not turn the school into one of the statistics if one of the properties that get demolished by community members whenever they get frustrated with the government.
He closed by thanking the MEC for keeping the promise she made.