STEENBOKPAN — If the school wasn’t vandalized, this wouldn’t have happened, said Sibongile Ndimande, general manager (HR) Ledjadja Coal during the handover of the remodelling, upgrading and provision of infrastructure at Lerekhureng Combined School in Steenbokpan on Friday 22 July.
The school was vandalized and furniture stolen late December 2015 and early January 2016. The roof of the school building was stolen and school equipment were stolen. Due to the roof being stolen all the books were destroyed after rain.
The learners were relocated to Leseding Village in Steenbokpan where they were accommodated in the community halls of the hostel of an old school and a house. They had limited space to operate in and learning has been compromised.
Eskom and Ledjadja Coal was informed about the situation and renovations started.
The school was renovated by stakeholders Eskom-Medupi, Boikarabelo Mine (Ledjadja Coal) in partnership with the Lephalale Municipality.
“This was a need in the community and Eskom did not look down on us when we wanted to join hands. Although we are not yet mining coal, we want to make a difference with the little what we have” Ndimande said.
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi applauded the good working relationship between the stakeholders and the municipality. She urged the learners and parents to look after the school. (There are currently 350 learners and 10 teachers at Lerekhureng Combined School.
Principal Jacob Lamola said to Mogol Post he is a very happy man. “The school is now part of the community and learners can walk to school. No late coming will be tolerated any more. Lamola has been principal of the school since 2009 and it is the first time that they have proper facilities, like an office for the principal and staff, proper classrooms with air conditioning and bath rooms.