‘Catch-up-plan’ on the way for Malamulele learners

Schooling has finally started in the troubled Limpopo town after weeks of unrest.

FILE: A task team is working on a recovery plan that will allow pupils to catch up on lost work. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Tuesday announced that her department would implement a "catch-up plan" to ensure pupils in protest-hit Malamulele would be able to recover lost time.

Residents in the Limpopo town on Monday agreed to suspend their six week lockdown and schooling in the area finally started on Tuesday morning.

Government has agreed that the community could resubmit their application to have their own municipality next month, after the demarcation board refused their request last month, saying the necessary requirements were not met.

The department's Elijah Mhlanga said the improvement in the area was welcomed.

"The minister is happy that there is some improvement in the situation at Malamulele particularly when it comes to education, because since the beginning of the calendar year, no schooling has taken place in that area."

The Limpopo Education Department's Naledzani Rasila said a task team was now working on a recovery program that would allow pupils to catch up on lost work.

Last week, Limpopo police restored calm to Malamulele and nearby areas after violence flared up again.

A shop was set alight, allegedly by several people who tried to break in; and a security guard was stabbed with a knife while trying to stop the group.

Residents have been demanding their own municipality, claiming the Thulamela council was not providing sufficient services.