Construction on track for brand new water-wise high school in Kraaifontein
Joint Statement by Minister Debbie Schafer and Minister Donald Grant
Western Cape Minister of Education and Minister of Transport and Public Works
Today, Minister Schäfer and Minister Grant visited the site for the new Kraaifontein High School. The brand new, state-of-the-art, R64 million school is making excellent progress during construction, as it approches full completion which is expected later this year. This 16 month project will provide a much-needed secondary school for the Kraaifontein, and is currently at its final phase of construction.
This brand new school will accomodate 1 110 learners from grade 8 to 12, as well as 38 teaching and support staff.
The building of this school has incorporated some “Water-Wise” features which include the installation of borehole facilities and a tank farm; water-wise sanitary fittings; and a water-restrictor on the water main line.
The new school will also consist of:
- 15 Senior Classrooms
- 15 Junior Classrooms
- 1 Chemistry Lab
- 1 Bio Lab
- 1 Computer Room
- 2 Multi-Purpose Classroom
- 1 Multi Media Centre
- 6 Senior Management Offices
- 1 Counselling Room
- 2 Sick Rooms
- 1 Secretary Office
- 1 Staff Room with Kitchen
- 1 Hall with kitchen, store room and ablution facilities
- 1 Caretaker Store Room
“"The WCED, in the current financial year, has spent over R1.2 billion on building and refurbishing school infrastructure across the province. The projects were successfully implemented by the Department of Transport and Public Works. This Kraaifontein High School project is just one of them."
“This R64 million Kraaifontein High School project included extensive construction work which made use of conventional building materials and methods that remain the most economical, durable, and low-maintenance system of building. The project also brought with it some noteworthy empowerment opportunities for the benefit of targeted enterprises and local labourers. A total of 2.85% of the construction value has been allocated to targeted subcontractors, while 1.74% has been dedicated to local labour to date. 1.74% of the contract value was used to source materials from targeted suppliers and manufacturers, while on-site training opportunities in bricklaying and plastering were provided,” said Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant.
“The WCED invests heavily in school infrastructure to meet the demands for schooling in the province, and to improve the quality of our schools as teaching and learning spaces. Due to a large growth in population in the Kraaifontein area, we have experienced an increased number of learners needing placement in schools. I am pleased that we are able to deliver a school that the Kraaifontein community can be proud of, and its learners can thrive in. We will also commence building a new primary school in the Wallacedene area over the next two months”, said Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer.
“I am pleased that the community has already taken ownership of the school which has seen the project progress smoothly and on schedule. It is important for communities to take ownership of the schools in their area and realize that they have an important role to play in protecting their community’s assets. I am also however informed that the new school is situated between two alleged rival gang areas. I appeal to the entire community to join forces to protect our learners and the school and in doing so, protect the education of our children and their futures. I really hope that this new school will be an institution of quality teaching and learning, where learners and teachers are safe and secure”, said Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer.
We look forward to returning to this site to mark the opening of this brand new school for the Kraaifontein community, which will undoubtedly become a centre of teaching, learning, and opportunity for the many who will walk through these doors.