Tshehetso Primary is unfinished and falling apart

Issued by Mahalia Kose – DA Councillor Lejweleputswa District Municipality
24 Jan 2023 in Press Statements

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The DA conducted an oversight at Tshehetso Primary School in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality after reports that the project of building the school had been dormant for several months.

During an oversight, the DA discovered an unfinished construction site with half-built structures that are on the verge of collapsing from neglect. More learning institutions are very necessary, especially now that learners in the Free State have started going back to school.

The project began in 2018 and was scheduled to be completed in 2021. Workers were relieved in July 2022 and asked to return in September. Unfortunately, construction has been further delayed, with no work completed to date. There are currently only two security personnel on the construction site.

Because of the constant rain and harsh weather conditions. Some of the abandoned materials and incomplete structures have already begun to deteriorate. The structure has deteriorated to the point where it must be rebuilt.

The project funds have been squandered on an unfinished school. The municipality’s mismanagement has deprived students of an education. The unfinished school may necessitate an extension of the building contract or even the hiring of a new contractor to finish the school. It will also necessitate the replacement of some building materials. This will result in more funds being allocated to the school’s overall development. That is money that could have been used to improve service delivery in Nala.

The DA will follow up and keep closely monitoring the construction process of the school. We will continue to care and fight for Nala residents. Ultimately, the war against corruption can be won with our communities who vote for a DA-run government in 2024.