In September 2012, I announced details of the Western Cape Education Department’s new infrastructure plan for the 2013/14 -2015/16 period.
The plan includes, amongst other things, the building of 46 replacement schools and the roll-out of 4 replacement classroom projects within a three year period. (Please note that a further 26 new schools will also be built under this plan.)
Today, I am announcing the names of the 50 schools that will be upgraded through the school replacement programme.
Using our Geographic Information System (GIS) and information obtained from the Districts, we were able to ascertain which school buildings were in dire need of replacement.
Replacing a school essentially means replacing with new brick and mortar structures old school buildings originally built with inappropriate materials.
In most instances, the old structures are made from wooden or prefabricated materials and were generally built during the apartheid era.
Replacing inappropriate structures requires building a new school on the existing school property. In some projects, the new structure is built adjacent to the old structure so that the learners may continue to use the premises of the old school while the building of the new structure is underway.
In other instances, the provision of alternative accommodation (such as mobile units) is required for learners during the building process. The old inappropriate structures are torn down to make way for the new building.
Each replacement school will typically include all modern day school features such as a media centre/library, laboratories, feeding kitchens, computer facilities and workshops where necessary.
It is an exciting initiative that will ultimately benefit approximately 50 000 learners who will be able to learn in environments that are safer, bigger and more conducive to quality teaching and learning.
The distribution of replacement schools in each district that will benefit from this plan is as follows:
|No. of replacement
|Eden and Central Karoo||5|
There are also four replacement classroom projects that will be implemented during the three year period. These projects entail the replacement of certain sections of schools that are deemed inappropriate or potentially unsafe.
The classroom projects are situated in the following four districts:
|No. of replacement classroom projects|
The replacement schools and replacement classroom projects will be funded partly through the WCED’s infrastructure budget and partly through the Accelerated School Infrastructure Development Initiative (ASIDI) programme.
The 46 replacement schools are as follows:
|Name of school||District||Area|
|1||ACJ Phakade PS||Metro East||Strand|
|2||Bottelary PS||Metro South||Brackenfell|
|4||Buck Road HS||Metro South||LotusRiver|
|5||Chatsworth PS||West Coast||Swartland|
|6||Delft South PS||Metro North||Delft|
|7||Delta PS||Metro South||Steenberg|
|9||Die Duine PS||Metro South||Lotusrivier|
|10||Du Noon PS||Metro North||Milnerton|
|12||Umyezo Wama Apile PS||Overberg||Theewaterskloof|
|14||Hazendal PS||Metro Central||Athlone|
|15||Heideveld PS||Metro Central||Heideveld|
|16||Itsitsa PS||Metro North||Mfuleni|
|17||Kasselsvlei PS||Metro North||Bellville|
|18||Kathleen Murray PS||Overberg||Theewaterskloof|
|19||Kensington Sec||Metro Central||Kensington|
|20||Klipheuwel PS||Metro North||Klipheuwel|
|22||Kuilsrivier PS||Metro East||Kuilsrivier|
|23||MountView Sec||Metro Central||Hanover Park|
|25||Parkview PS||Metro North||Reygersdal|
|27||Portia PS||Metro Central||Lansdowne|
|28||Red River PS||Metro Central||Manenberg|
|30||Rosewood PS||Metro Central||Bonteheuwel|
|31||Rusthof PS||Metro East||Strand|
|32||Scottsdene Sec||Metro East||Kraaifontein|
|33||Silverstream PS||Metro Central||Manenberg|
|34||Sophakama PS||Metro North||Table View|
|35||Sophumelela Sec||Metro South||Samora Machel|
|36||ST Thomas PS||West Coast||Malmesbury|
|37||Steynville PS||West Coast||Bergrivier Piketberg|
|39||Tygersig PS||Metro North||Uitsig|
|40||Valhalla PS||Metro North||Elsiesrivier|
|41||Voorspoed PS||Metro Central||Kenwyn|
|42||Vooruitsig PS||West Coast||Darling|
|44||Wesfleur PS||Metro North||Dassenberg|
|45||Willemsvallei PS||West Coast||Porterville|
|46||Zeekoevlei PS||Metro South||LotusRiver|
The 4 replacement classroom projects are situated in the following areas:
|Name of school||District||Area|
|1||Bloekombos PS||Metro North||Kraaifontein|
|2||Garden Village PS||Metro Central||Maitland|
|3||Nalikamva PS||Metro North||Mfuleni|