DURBAN - Despite promises that all of KwaZulu-Natal’s pupils could expect a meal on Tuesday, many have been left disappointed and hungry.
More than two million children in KwaZulu-Natal rely on the National School Nutrition Programme.
They were left with empty bellies when Pacina Retail failed to deliver food to over 5,000 schools.
During a briefing, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said 90 percent of schools did receive food deliveries.
Asked about what the department planned to do about the Pacina Retail fiasco, Motshekga says the matter is with their lawyers.
There are reports that the provincial education department hasn’t provided important documents regarding the R2-billion tender awarded to Pacina.
Despite the situation, the department says it still plans to rely on a single service provider for the feeding scheme.
It says they’ll try again in six months.
* eNCA’s Lethiwe Mdluli reports.