Zille to meet school principals over water crisis

Manenberg, 31 January 2018 – Western Cape premier Helen Zille is expected to meet with school principals in the province about the water crisis. It comes a day after the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union lashed out at her for not giving plans to sc Video: eNCA
File: Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is expected to meet with school principals today to discuss the ongoing water crisis. Photo: Gallo Images / Foto24 / Denvor de Wee

JOHANNESBURG - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is expected to meet with school principals in the province on Wednesday over the ongoing water crisis.

The meeting comes after the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) lashed out at Zille for not giving plans to schools ahead of Day Zero.

Western Cape's Day Zero has been pushed to 16 April when taps are expected to run dry.

Manenberg High School is one of many schools in the Western Cape that might have their taps switched off come 16 April, and the school's principal Thurston Brown has raised concerns about the possibility of Day Zero.

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He said the school had locked all its outside taps, with pupils only having access to water in the bathrooms.

The Western Cape Education Department has also urged principals in the province to encourage pupils to bring their own drinking water to school. 

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“We can’t allow that education collapses for hundreds of thousands of learners in the Western Cape," said Sadtu provincial secretary Jonovan Rustin.

"So therefore we are saying something must be done. There are thousands of learners every day at the school, you can’t turn down the taps."

 

 

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