Power cut off affects school


The Northern Cape Department of Education has appointed a task team to investigate a local high school’s financial crisis.
This comes after power supply to the Hantam High School in Calvinia had been cut off for a period of more than three weeks.
The department’s spokesperson, Geoffrey van der Merwe, says they have recently donated R150 000 to the school to assist it with its debt to Eskom. He says the task team appointed is to investigate the causes of the school’s current financial status and to come up with recommendations on how to address the situation.
He says they will engage the community of Calvinia on the matter on Wednesday as they demand a more sustainable long-term plan.
“The school had an outstanding Eskom account which led to the cut off of the electricity. We as the department intervened and gave R150 000 towards the payment of that account, but we have also delegated a task team that will visit the school on Wednesday to assess their finances and introduce measures that will prevent the situation in the future,” says Van der Merwe.
He says the school is currently open and fully operational. He says there will be a plan implemented to bring learners up to speed with teaching and learning. – Katleho Morapela katleho@centralmediagroup.co.za