The flash storm on the 9th of October has resulted in major damages to Umnyezane Primary School in Etwatwa, on the outskirts of the Gauteng province, close to the Mpumalanga border.
The school is mostly a container school, with few permanent buildings.
The storm damage has been extensive: school chairs were blown onto the roof of one of the containers, roof structures have been blown off many and glass windows across the school are broken.
On an oversight visit to the school on the 11th of October, I was concerned to learn that the school is closed and the learners are not continuing with classes due to the damage and the fact that the site is no longer safe.
The DA applauds the leadership of the school for making the effort to clean up as much as possible despite the devastation and damage wrought by the storm.
The failure of the Gauteng Education Department to invest in permanent structures on this school has resulted in this problem. Container schools are not a long term solution in light of recurrent adverse and extreme weather events in the province.
I call on MEC Panyaza Lesufi to urgently intervene and provide the necessary resources so that the school can resume business and the learners of the school can resume and complete the curriculum on time, in a safe environment.