The construction of a new primary school in Tulbagh is under way. Once the project is complete, it will alleviate overcrowding at other schools in the town and surrounds. This R71 million project was commissioned by the Department of Transport and Public Works for the Western Cape Education Department (WCED).
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 28 standard classrooms, two double Grade R classrooms, two multi-media classrooms, and one science laboratory room. 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 well 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 R9 million is expected to go towards targeted contractor businesses, R3 million to suppliers and manufacturers, and R5 million to targeted local labour.
Construction began in July 2015 and is expected to have been completed early in 2017.
Follow the Department on Twitter @WCGovTPW under the hashtag #constructionWC