Cabinet discusses textbook delays

Cabinet says more norms and standards should be set for the delivery of textbooks.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane.

JOHANNESBURG - Cabinet on Friday said more norms and standards should be set for the delivery of textbooks to prevent crippling delays.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane announced this at a post-Cabinet briefing.

He said the Limpopo textbook saga was a learning curve and that government was determined to prevent such problems in 2013.

Some grades in the province were without textbooks for at least seven months after the Basic Education Department missed several deadlines.

But Chabane said a more standardised approach was needed.

"We need textbooks to be ordered and delivered by a specific date. If we do not have deadlines, we will never be aware of the progress made."

During the briefing, Chabane also revealed that a moratorium on fracking in the Karoo had been lifted.

Public consultations will now take place before any firm decision is made on the controversial mining of shale gas.

Chabane said Cabinet did not discuss the police shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine because it was satisfied with the work done by the inter-ministerial commission.