Matric camp mooted for Kuruman pupils

Kimberley - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is considering opening a camp for matriculants from Kuruman after a lengthy protest over a road closed schools.

"It is a huge concern for us because learners haven't been to school since June 4," Motshekga's spokesperson Troy Martens said on Thursday.

"We are looking at different options at the moment, including taking matriculants to a camp to learn. The plans are in place, we just need the learners to come back to school."

496 matriculants

She said 16 000 pupils from 54 schools in different villages were affected. Of these 496 were matriculants.

Motshekga was in the area on Wednesday to talk to the community, with the expectation of re-opening schools.

However, the community was adamant that the situation would not change.

A group calling themselves the Road Forum began protesting in June demanding that a 130km stretch of road in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district municipality be tarred.

The protesters were barring pupils and staff from going to school to get the attention of the authorities.

Tender for road

In that month, Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas's spokesperson Monwabisi Nkompela said the tender to tar the road was opened on 12 June and closed on 18 July.

"The tender is at a stage where the project managers at the [roads and public works] department are evaluating which bidder met the specific requirements," Nkompela said at the time.

He could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

In July, the administration blocks of some schools in the area were set alight.

Martens on Thursday said Motshekga was worried about the safety of pupils, and would be engaging with the provincial department of education and parents about the matter.

Livo Naledi 2014-08-28 09:07:40 AM
Thusoetsile Sandawana Kby Gaseemelwe 2014-08-28 09:34:55 AM
So how long does it take to determine which bidder is the best of all applicants? 12Months maybe? cz its been over a month since the closing date. We want what we deserve...we are part of SA plz
Marc Anthony Webb 2014-08-28 09:41:18 AM
Astonishing to say the least...Waiting for a tender to be approved are there to many Pigs at the trough and the gravy is to good to move.They are literally playing with the future of childrens lives,with their inbility to govern anything let alone make decisions on the future!!!We have BILLIONAIRE Ministers and a simple road cannot be made???
Andre Drinkwater 2014-08-28 10:01:10 AM
But still the ANC won the Northern Cape vote. You want change but you are not willing to vote for it. In this case you should suffer in silence and not protest.
Peter Wasy 2014-08-28 10:20:43 AM
Its not the first time this people strike. In 2012 the mine stopped the strike by offering to donate money equivalent to building a tar road of about 120kms. Apparently the money have disappeared from municipal/government account. This thing of tender doesnt start now its a two year thing. Community is being told that the tender is in process but nothing is happen. That is some of the reasons why they want to see practical part of tar road being constracted. We usually hear of tender processes not being followed because time space. Why cannt government do the same in this case. ignore tender processes and appoint someone. I believe non of fatcats are not going to benefit that is the reasons for following long tender processes. Do government care about those children education?
Tammy Herselman 2014-08-28 11:07:11 AM
Do they want the roads tarred because of the asbestos contamination? Asbestos tailings were used to surface roads. Think they have a very valid demand, but pity about how they are going about it.
Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg 2014-08-28 01:08:20 PM
Angie, get the police to remove the strikers and make way for the pupils, every day. Much less bother than trying to get your brain cell to construct a camp. One would think that using your brain is an achievement of enormous proportions, or maybe it is for those that sit on theirs.
Deon Louw 2014-08-28 02:13:36 PM
These parents are educational terrorists and should be locked up.
Itemogeng Mchabe 2014-09-30 03:13:04 PM
It is a bitter pill to swallow as some officials claims that our children are already in camp whilst their are as frustrated as we are. ANC government is a farce, alwayz stealing the money meant for legitimate course, the national government approve certain services only for the provincial municipals to loot it and put we da taxpayers in limbo. Am just wondering if those morons who continually vote for this white elephant do so due to loyalty or the future of our( en theirs) children en country!! Now they are telling pure lies that children are in camp - where? Cuz my daughter isn't in camp as do her fellow pupils! F***k da ANC!