A New Secondary School for Zwelethemba
The construction of a new secondary school in Zwelethemba near Worcester is under way. Once the project is complete, it will alleviate overcrowding at Vusisizwe Secondary School.
This R57 million project was commissioned by the Department of Transport and Public Works on behalf of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED). Vusisizwe currently has 1 518 learners, which is well over the WCED limit of 1 200. The new school will have a capacity of 1 250 learners.
Most of the school buildings will comprise a framed concrete structure and a mixture of face brick and painted infill walls. Teaching facilities will comprise 33 standard classrooms, five specialist rooms and one multi-media room with a library. The complex will also have a hall with toilet facilities, an administrative building and caretaker’s facilities.
All classrooms will enjoy a lot of natural light and be adequately ventilated. The site will be landscaped with a combination of grass and perennial flowering plants, including planters in the courtyard. Trees will be planted in and around the school to provide shade.
The Department is committed to creating Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) work opportunities through the project, including the vital skills training component. A total of R7 million is expected to go towards targeted contractor businesses, R2 million to suppliers and manufacturers and R4 million to targeted local labour.
Construction began in July 2015 and is expected to have been completed towards the end of 2016.