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South Africa: Brand New School for Bophelongo
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Monday, December 12, 2016
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 12, 2016

Bophelong Secondary, built at a cost of over R84 million, is a top notch school that will ultimately cater for 1 200 learners from Grade 8 to Grade 12. Approximately 160 learners in grades 8 and 9 are expected to attend the school when it officially comes into operation in January 2017. 
Speaking at the handover ceremony on Monday, Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi said the construction of the school is yet another service delivery milestone by the Gauteng Provincial Government in delivering state-of-the-art education facilities that meet the modern-day demands of education curriculum delivery.
He said these high-tech, modern educational facilities will go a long way in ensuring that learners are equipped with the relevant skills that are needed to drive the provincial government’s radical transformation, modernisation and reindustrialisation strategy.
“The provision of schools with modern facilities in townships will go a long way to improve and transform the quality of education in townships. It will also change the township economy,” said MEC Lesufi.
Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo, who issued a certificate of completion of construction to the Department of Education, said the school design follows a new template for secondary schools, which include smart classrooms, science labs, sports facilities and green facilities.
“The [certificate of completion] is to certify that the construction of the school has been delivered, as per the Department of Education’s requirements and specifications,” said MEC Mamabolo.
The unique facilities and features of the school include 30 smart classrooms, two science laboratories, two multi-purpose rooms, one computer laboratory, a library, nutrition centre and dining hall, clear view fence, a guard house, covered walkways, refuse yard, pump room generator room and underground rainwater harvesting tank.
The school is also equipped with green features, including roof insulation, solar panels to be used as the alternative source of energy, glazing (to maximise natural light in the building and reduce energy loss from the building), as well as energy saving lighting.
The construction of the school also benefited the community through the employment of local individuals, sub-contractors, as well as skills development for those who were employed under the Expanded Public Works Programme.
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