JOHANNESBURG – Durban Deep Primary School in Roodepoort finds permanent water solution after Johannesburg Water has urgently intervened and supplied water supply in the school and the immediate surrounding area.
On February, the school was shut down by parents due to water shortage which led to dry taps and toilets not functioning.
Democratic Alliance (DA) later demanded the Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, to urgently engage with the parents and teachers to resolve the matter and ensure that teaching and learning resumes immediately.
In a statement, it is believed that Historically the Durban Deep School, and the surrounding area was solely dependent on a water supply that originally came from an old mine hospital which has since closed down.
The Gauteng Department of Education provided water tanks to this particular school subsequent to the mine hospital closing, however stagnation in this respect posed a threat of contamination to the children enrolled within the school.
The growing concern around the lack of quality of water in this area prompted the school to temporarily close down whilst seeking a permanent solution.
Councillors as well as officials within the City of Johannesburg extensively engaged Province on the issue with the result that a new connection was paid for.
The Department of Environment and Infrastructure Services fast tracked the application in record time leaving water meters being installed at the Durban Deep School this past weekend.
The MMC for Economic Development, Cllr Leah Knott is pleased with the installation of water meters to the surrounding area also water supply to the school and children are urged to return to school.
“Joburg Water is glad to have intervened in ensuring that children do not lose any further time away from their schooling,” said MMC Knott
“Education is key to the growing young leaders of our country, and we all need to ensure that no delays in terms of services delivery prevent our children from being able to access their right to education”, she added