Gauteng Education dept gets R1.1 bn for infrastructure

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A total of R1.1 billion has been injected into infrastructure for the Gauteng Education Department.

This is according to the Gauteng Government which has declared to have spent 100% of its infrastructure budget. “We undertook various programmes for the Gauteng Department of Education, namely the New Infrastructure Programme, Rehabilitation and Refurbishment, Upgrading and Additions, which includes Fencing, Grade R, Septic Tanks and Upgrades of Full Service Schools. These programmes were allocated R1.1 billion,” it said in a statement.

“Numerous challenges notwithstanding, with only days to spare before the end of the financial year, we look back with a tremendous sense of achievement. With the exception of Doornkop Primary School, where delays due to matters beyond our mandate led to the delays in completing the project, we have handed over all the seven schools as per our commitment…”

“We also announced that we would kick start the construction of eleven new schools, namely Bophelong Secondary, Bramfischerville Primary, Bramfischerville Secondary, Ga Rankuwa Primary, Julius Sebolai Primary School, Langaville Ext 4 Primary, Moses Kotane Primary, Nkone Maruping Primary School, Rethabiseng Primary and Roodekop Primary.”

Restorative repairs were done at seven schools and various other programmes in rehabilitation and refurbishment. “With regards to the construction of new schools, we are happy to confirm that all the schools that are currently under construction will be ready for learners by January 2016. Tenders have been awarded and in some instances constructors are on site on the eleven schools we have committed to building.

“Challenges notwithstanding, education infrastructure rollout is progressing well. Of the R1.3 billion of the adjusted budget on our education infrastructure, we have as at 20 March 2015 spent R939 million. This accounts for 69% of our spent with invoices to the value of R206 million at hand which would alter this picture significantly within days.”

To date, expenditure on infrastructure development stands at 73 percent with R2 billion of the R27.2 billion spent as at March 20.

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