The Western Cape department of transport and public works (DTPW) has restarted construction on the Umyezo Wama Apile High School in Grabouw after the previous contractor cancelled the project three months into the project due to community protests.
Department spokesperson Byron la Hoe said “factors out of the DTPW’s control” led to the cancellation of the initial contract.
The previous contractor had apparently pulled out due to unhappiness in the local community around the contracting of labourers for the R68-million project.
La Hoe said: “The building will consist of a framed concrete structure and a mixture of face brick and painted infill walls.”
When completed, the school will have 27 classrooms and nine specialised classrooms, and “it will also have a hall with toilet facilities, an administrative building, caretaker’s facilities, and a sports field”.
La Hoe said the school was now set to be ready early in 2018 and would provide accommodation for 1 250 learners. Pupils are currently housed in temporary classrooms.
The school was in response to steady population growth, and an increase in the demand for education facilities in the area.
“The DTPW is committed to creating Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) work opportunities and skills training for participants, and to procuring goods and services from targeted enterprises,” he added. “Initial plans provide that a total of R9 million will go towards targeted contractor businesses, R7 million to suppliers and manufacturers, and R3 million to targeted local labour.”
He added R1.29 billion had also been budgeted in 2016/17 financial year for the building and refurbishing of schools across the Western Cape.
– African News Agency (ANA)