Schoolchildren from GaMohale on the West Rand will soon be spared the need to walk long distances to and from their schools.
In February 2012 Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, accompanied by the Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development, Bheki Nkosi, and West Rand Executive Mayor Mpho Nawa, unveiled a R120-million boarding school project in the farming community.
The tender for the project has been awarded to a woman contractor and the construction company is 100% female owned.
Mokonyane said the Gauteng Provincial Government was committed to ensuring the provision of quality education for African children.
“We are here today, as the government of the people, to fulfil the commitment we made last year that we will build a boarding school in Magaliesburg,” she said.
“Through this project we aim to improve the quality of education, eradicate poverty and create work opportunities for our people.”
Gauteng’s first citizen said it was well known that the odds are stacked against children who have to walk five kilometres or more on an empty stomach to get to school in the morning, walk the same distance to get home and still have no guarantee of a decent dinner before bed.
“The burden of these socio-economic challenges is too much to deal with. By investing in this project we are saying let these children have a better and world-class facility where they will stay, play and eat,” Mokonyane said.