Learners suffer with no water in the heat

Learners from Masago Primary School getting water from a nearby river.

STEELPOORT – It is tough for pupils of Masago Primary School at their school. This school, situated at Ga Masha Village, has no running water. With Steelpoort recording a temperature of 37 degrees Celsius last Monday, pupils drank water from Sedibeng River. Steelburger/Lydenburg News spoke to several parents who said it was “highly unacceptable” that pupils were in a school without running water. “My child had no water to drink and that affected her concentration at school,” said one of the concerned parents. “Every child has the right to decent, quality education, a clean environment and access to water,” parents reiterated. “If they forget water from home, our kids end up drinking water at the river. We are scared that they will suffer from waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and dysentery. We plead with the Limpopo Department of Education to intervene in this matter,” added Grace Maubatlala, another parent.

The newspaper contacted the education spokesman for Limpopo, Sam Makundo, who admitted that they were aware of several schools in the province without water, including Masago. “We learnt of two borehole pumps that were stolen from the school and we just recently replaced them. Learners are urged not to drink water from the rivers as it might pose serious health hazards. This problem will soon be remedied.”

Limpopo DA leader, Jacque Smalle said they will take the matter to the South African Human Rights Commission. “This is a violation of human rights,” he said.

Gilbert Motseo

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