New year, new school

Education officials say the new Dunoon Primary School will be ready for occupation in January.

Dunoon Primary School pupils will start the new year in a new school.

The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) officially handed the new building over to the Western Cape Education Department on Wednesday November 30.

Principal Bongani Macikama and the school circuit manager Reinette Colyn accepted the keys to the new school.

Dunoon Primary School pupils will no doubt be thrilled to say goodbye to their old prefab classrooms, which were blistering hot in summer and icy cold in winter.

The building of the school saw cooperation between the provincial departments of education and transport and public works. It is part of the the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI)

Construction started in February 2014 and finished in May this year. But there was a problem: water pressure in the area was too low, meaning fire hydrants and ablution facilities wouldn’t work properly.

“Clearly we could not allow people to occupy a building under such circumstances,” said Education MEC, Debbie Schafer.

“Our officials worked around the clock to assist the City of Cape Town to restore the necessary water pressure to the school.”

The new school has 31 classrooms, three Grade R classrooms, four specialist rooms, an administration block, a feeding kitchen, a computer room, a multi-purpose school hall, a library and a sports field.

“I hope that this new school will be transformed into an institution of teaching and learning, where learners are safe and secure, and where quality learning can take place,” said Ms Schafer.