The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) has restarted construction on the Umyezo Wama Apile High School in Grabouw, after the previous contractor cancelled the project following three months of community protests.
Department spokesperson Byron la Hoe said “factors out of the DTPW’s control” led to the cancellation of the initial contract.
It’s believed the contractor pulled out due to unhappiness in the community around the contracting of workers for the R68million project.
La Hoe said: “The building will consist of a concrete structure and a mixture of face brick and painted infill walls.”
When completed, the school will have 27 classrooms and nine specialised classrooms and “it will also have a hall with toilet facilities, an administrative building, caretaker’s facilities and a sports field”.
La Hoe said the school was now set to be ready early in 2018 and would provide accommodation for 1 250 learners.
Pupils are currently housed in temporary classrooms.
He said money has been set aside to employ local, as per the department’s commitment to creating Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) work opportunities.
“Initial plans provide that a total of R9m will go towards targeted contractor businesses, R7m to suppliers and manufacturers, and R3m to local labour,” adds La Hoe