- Mar 26, 2010
More at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-10-05-school-built-with-r28m-lotto-grant-falls-to-piecesA school in Vuwani in Limpopo that was rebuilt less than two years ago with a R28.3 million Lotto grant is falling apart because of structural problems.
Nineteen months after the school was opened with great fanfare‚ parts of the buildings are unsafe to use as they have developed cracks and other serious structural problems.
At least a third of the new classrooms and parts of the administration centre have been cordoned off with tape to block access to unsafe areas. Makeshift lintels supported by wooden poles have been erected to support parts of buildings that are in danger of collapsing.
Cement is falling out between bricks and many of the classrooms have developed cracks in their walls. Students say they feel unsafe and some are experiencing respiratory problems because of dust from the walls and ceilings in some classrooms still in use.
Questions are now being asked as to why a non-profit organisation‚ run by a Limpopo boxing promoter with no experience or track record in the building or construction industry‚ was chosen as a recipient to handle the multimillion-rand grant.
It also appears that the National Lotteries Commission failed to do proper due diligence when boxing promoter Azwindini Simba was appointed to oversee the multimillion-rand project and during the building of the school.