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Lesufi Promises No More Jobs for Failing Contractors as Mayibuye Primary School Finally Opens

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Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi Promises No More Jobs for Failing Contractors as Mayibuye Primary School Finally Opens

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi recently spoke out against contractors who fail to complete school projects, stating that they should never be awarded another job in Gauteng. This statement followed the long-delayed opening of the state-of-the-art Mayibuye Primary School in Tembisa, which finally took place on Wednesday.

Last year, the government acknowledged the necessity of spending an extra R2.8m to rectify a seven-year-old white elephant project.

The Gauteng government poured R98m into the construction of the Mayibuye Primary School just outside Tembisa. The school was projected to be completed in 2017 but was untenable due to its location on a wetland, making it impossible for the City of Joburg to issue a safety occupancy certificate. 

During the launch, Premier Lesufi expressed sincere apologies to the community, school governing bodies, teachers, and students. He stated, “There were myriad issues that needed resolution before you could begin to attend this school. The delays and disappointments experienced with Mayibuye should never be repeated in any community.”

The school can accommodate around 1,200 learners and comprises of classrooms, laboratories, sports facilities, a school hall, a generator room, and an administrative block. It is also brimming with state-of-the-art features, including ICT equipment such as smartboards, laptops, tablets, and a comprehensive surveillance system. Ye Qilin, the overseer of education development solutions at Huawei, showcased the IDEAHUB system that teachers and learners at the school will utilize.

Despite completion in 2017, the inauguration of the school was deferred due to various structural challenges. However, it has now officially thrown open its doors to the Midrand community. The school was inaugurated by Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi, the Member of the Execution Council (MEC) for Education, Matome Chiloane, and MEC for Infrastructure, Lebogang Maile.

Matome optimistically stated, “We have much to gain by providing learners with the top-notch education and training required for their future.”

Matome concluded the ceremony by announcing, “Mayibuye Primary School is officially open! I am convinced that our present investment in the education of our children will yield tremendous benefits in the future. The future champions, trendsetters, and record-breakers will emerge from this school.”

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