MEC Inspects Site of Naphakade High School
"I am pleased that there were clear signs of activity at the site of the new school and that we are on track to meet our deadline at the end of May," said Grant.
"Before the mobiles can be put in place the site has to be first secured by a fence and the land levelled. Therefore, we first had to put out to tender a fencing contract for the school. This process was completed last week and fence poles have now been erected," he said.
Grant said that the site sloped significantly more than initially anticipated.
"There is a nine metres fall from North to South across the site, therefore we need to level the land with increased bulk earthworks and embankments to create the required platform for the placement of mobile units and to build the new school."
Grant said that once the fencing and levelling were completed the mobile units would be brought in for construction.
"We expect the process to be near completion by the end of May," he said.
Grant said that it was unprecedented for an entire high school to be established from scratch, including all services such sewerage and electricity, in less then six weeks.
"Officials from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) and Public Works have been continuously on site to ensure that progress is made as fast as possible."
Minister of Education, Donald Grant
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