Mpumalanga battling to fund school repairs

Govt has appealed for patience after dozens of schools were severely weather damaged.

FILE: School pupils prepare to write a matric exam. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - At least 76 schools have been damaged by severe storms in Mpumalanga where the provincial government says it's struggling to find funds to repair the damage.

Officials say they're looking at various options, but finance is a huge problem because the new budget only starts in April.

The roofs of schools have blown away, windows smashed and it's feared more schools may be damaged in further severe weather.

The Mpumalanga Education Department's Jasper Zwane has appealed for patience among affected communities.

"We are currently exploring different options on fast-tracking the repairs but we also want to request the communities to bear with us because the process may, in some instances, take long."

Zwane says there are fears more schools may be damaged in further bad weather.

Mpumalanga education officials say they aren't sure whether they will be able to repair the schools before the new academic year starts.