School Still Unfinished After Five Years and R16 Million

By Nompendulo Ngubane

Despite being officially opened, Duduzani Primary School in Ntuzuma Township, Durban, has not been completed. During the official opening last month, MEC for Education Mthandeni Dlungwane, who said the department had spent R15.9 million building the school, said he was aware the school had problems. He promised that these would be attended to.

A source at the school who wished to remain anonymous said, "There are loose cables in classrooms and electricity goes on and off ... It's not safe."

There is also only one standpipe to supply water for 1,441 learners. The toilets have not been completed either.

The current principal, Thandi Lushaba, joined the school in 1995. From 1991 to 1995 the children were taught under a tree. In 1995, they moved to prefabricated classrooms made of cardboard and corrugated iron. When it rained, learners went home as the roof leaked. On hot days, the classrooms overheated and classes stopped.

In 2012, construction started on Duduzani Primary School. Teachers and learners occupied the school while it was under construction. Parents and the school governing board (SGB) "worked jointly with us and we made it this far" Lushaba said proudly.