The Democratic Alliance (DA) is disappointed to discover that Nokuthula LSEN School is still operating on a temporary occupational certificate.
This situation is completely unacceptable as the temporary certificate states that the occupants are occupying the premises at their own risk.
This situation is frustrating to the management of the school as it creates uncertainty about learners’ and teachers’ safety in utilizing a school with no permanent occupational certificate.
The current temporary occupational certificate is only for one part of the school which only includes classrooms and the administration block while the dormitories and the dining/kitchen section were not issued with an occupational certificate.
It is also concerning that the school was only given a partial temporary occupational certificate.
This R300 million state-of-the-art school was officially opened in October 2017 and learners only moved into the school in August 2018. Since then, the school has received four temporary occupational certificates.
The school is also not being utilized to its full capacity due to this partial occupational certificate.
For far too long the Gauteng Department of Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi has shifted the blame to the DA-led administration in the City of Joburg for its failure to provide the school with a permanent occupational certificate now that the ANC has taken over the administration of the City why is the school not being issued with a permanent occupational certificate?
This clearly indicates that there was a lack of compliance in terms of the construction of this school and this has nothing to do with politics.
I will table written questions to both MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi and the MEC for Infrastructure Development, Tasneem Motara to ascertain when this school will be issued with a permanent occupational certificate.