BY KEDIBONE MOLAETSI
MAOLOGANE-based school will get new buildings to the tune of R28 million. The Ramotshodi Secondary School building project will be constructed by Anglo American Mines.
MEC for education and sport development, Sello Lehari did sod-turning at a new site allocated for the school on Wednesday. Lehari said that the school was prioritized by the Portfolio Committee of Education, Sports, Arts, Culture and Traditional Affairs last year due to its infrastructural challenges.
“The school had old buildings with cracks on the walls which posed danger to the safety of learners. The portfolio committee urged the department to urgently attend to the infrastructural needs of the school. The school used six mobile classrooms for learning since the permanent structures were old and dilapidated.
“Last year, one mobile classroom was blown off by the storm and due to vandalism some classrooms windows were broken. These incidents compromised quality education offered at the school,” he said.
Those who attended were Kgosi Nyalala Pilane (Bakgatla Ba Kgafela Traditional Authority), Mosimanegape Moleme (Chairman for Dikuno tsa Sechaba), Pauline Mokhutle (Director for Bojanala District), Itumeleng Tire (Chief Director for Infrastructure) and Patrick Morutlwa (General Manager for Amandelbult Mine).
The new buildings will constitute a palisade fence, guard house, parking place, paving, landscaping, 2 blocks of 8 classrooms, administration block, laboratory centre, water storage and reticulation system.
Dikuno Tsa Sechaba chairperson, Mosimanegape Moleme said: “We want to emphasise that at the end of the project there will be drawings of the school for other institutions those will be interested to develop the school.”
Bakgatla Ba Kgafela Traditional Authority leader, Kgosi Nyalala Pilane shared the same sentiments. Pilane said they welcome the project.
“This is a true blessing to our community of Maologane. This school will serve as a role model for development across all our villages. Unity and care from the community will be key towards the success of this project,” Pilane said.
The appointed contractor is expected to start with the construction of the new buildings on Wednesday, 19 April 2017.