Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
22 Apr 2021
5:25 pm

Contractor ‘hijacks’ school renovation money to upgrade church

Sipho Mabena

All this while Sizanani Primary has 17 teachers sharing a single bathroom, use classrooms for meetings and school meals are prepared in a shipping container.

Schools in Dube, Soweto are suffering from a lack of facilities while the money meant for their renovations was allegedly spent on a church project. Picture: Neil McCartney

  At least R940,000 meant for school renovations in Dube, Soweto in 2015 was instead used to renovate a local church, while local schools are crumbling with inadequate classes and ablution facilities. One of these schools, Sizanani Primary has 17 teachers sharing a single bathroom and using classrooms to hold meetings as there is no administration block, while school meals are prepared in a shipping container. Heads of departments, mid-level managers in need of space, have no offices and have to do their work in classrooms. A staff member who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal said:...