School suppliers given 10 days to deliver

Publishers and suppliers have been given a grace period to complete deliveries of books and stationary.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga visited Pholosho Primary School in Alexandra on the first day of the 2013 academic year. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

PRETORIA - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Wednesday said publishers and suppliers were given a 10 day grace period to complete deliveries of books and stationary to some schools.

Tens of thousands of pupils in five inland provinces started the 2013 academic year on Wednesday.

Motshekga said there were delays in some areas, like stationary to schools in Limpopo.

But she said it was not the fault of the department.

"Orders were placed in good time, the delay would have been the availability of stock."

Motshekga said the grace period would allow schools to assess their situation and report problems.

"The 10 day period is supposed to help us count the number of learners we have, also do any other mopping of outstanding orders."

The minister was satisfied with how the first day of school went off.