School visit revealed successes despite challenges

School visit revealed successes despite challenges

JOBURG SOUTH – The first day of school for the year wasn’t only for school children but also for local public representatives. On Wednesday 17 January, Member of Parliament for Johannesburg South Constituency Manny de Freitas and Ward 57 Councillor Faeeza Chame visited Suidheuwels Primary School in South Hills.

Both public representatives interacted at length with Suidheuwels Primary School Principal Mr. Versage, who explained how the school had been broken into a number of times and that computers and other valuables had been stolen. Since then, stronger security measures have been installed by the school.

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“I find the work that Mr. Versage and his team are doing is nothing less than amazing,” explained de Freitas. De Freitas noted that the school was constructed for about 350 learners and now accommodates over 1200. “I don’t think people realise what an awesome job the teachers at the school are doing under very trying circumstances,” he added.

Both Cllr Chame and de Freitas undertook to look at various issues tabled by Mr. Versage, by escalating them to the relevant departments. Issues highlighted included the need to upgrade the school building infrastructure and the implementation of security measures at the school.

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The public representatives enjoyed interacting with the children, particularly the Grade 1 learners, who expressed their excitement about their new phase of life. De Freitas concluded by saying that seeing the children eager to learn brings him hope for the future of South Africa.

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