Coega Development Corporation to fence over 71 schools in the Eastern Cape

APRIL 15, 2016

Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has been tasked with the responsibility of erecting fencing at 71 schools across the Eastern Cape. The project valued at R190-million will benefit thousands of school kids by learning in a stable and secure environment.

The CDC an implementing on behalf of the Department of Education in the Eastern Cape will roll out the project across the entire Eastern Cape focusing on identified schools.

At the launch of the project at Masibambane Senior Secondary School in Kwa-Zakhele the MEC for Education in the Eastern Cape highlighted the “safety of school children as a priority for the department.”

The MEC further added that “even though there are challenges in their schools such as the consumption of drugs and crime, the department has found a solution for safety issues so far.”

Some of the schools to benefit from the project are situated across various districts in the EC such as OR Tambo, Alfred Nzo, Cacadu, Amathole, Chris Hani and Joe Gqabi District Municipalities.

“The primary objective of the project is to address school safety, through the provision of fencing to all the Eastern Cape DoE Schools, where there is either no fencing, inadequate or inappropriate fencing,” said Thembeka Poswa, CDC Programme Director – Education.

“CDC will manage and oversee the successful implementation of this project for DoE as it has managed other DoE projects using its organizational expertise to drive socio-economic development in the Eastern Cape.”

“CDC will implement the Fencing Programme in line with National Building Regulations and Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards for school infrastructure,” added Poswa.

“This will in turn help improve the level and quality of education by establishing safe, secure school environments, as well as uplift the communities in which the schools are located, through employment opportunities and local economic development as well as new work opportunities for SMME Service Providers”.

Though the number one goal is that children learn it is also important that they do in a safe environment, the School Fencing Project will soon take place with the main objective of creating  a safe learning environment,

“As a result of severe crimes in societies school kids become extremely vulnerable especially those who stay in hostels without proper fencing, the implementation of this project will provide critical relief to the teachers, children and parents,” said Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC head of marketing & Communications.

“This project will benefit 159 schools in which 33 schools are within the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.” 

The identified schools to benefit in Port Elizabeth are Gelvandale High, Kayser Ngxwana Primary, Khumbulani Secondary, Kroneberg Primary, Kwanoxolo Primary, Malabar Primary, Masibambane Secondary, Missionvale Primary, Paterson High, Redhouse Primary, Republiek Primary, Abraham Levy Primary, Alfonso Arries Primary, Arcadia Primary, Arcadia High, Bayviev Primary, Bertam High, Bethvale Primary, Booysen Park Primary, Chapman Secondary, School, Chatty Secondary School, Fumisokoma Primary, Funimfundu Primary, Helenvale Primary, Henry Nginza Primary, Hillcrest Primary, Sanctor Primary, St. Thomas High, Triomf Primary, West End Primary, Westville Secondary, Woolhope Secondary, Hillside Senior.

In addition, the Department will also be opening up a school at Addo location outside PE tomorrow – 15 April 2016.

Image: M Makupula, MEC - Department of Education, launching the School Fencing Project at Masibambane Senior Secondary School in Kwa-Zakhele location.