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Radebe visits PTA school to address infrastructure and drugs

The principal of the Eesterus Secondary School says he hopes the visit will help address their problems.

Minister in the presidency Jeff Radebe visits the Eesterust Secondary School on 14 August 2015. Pitcure: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The principal of the Eesterus Secondary School, north of Pretoria, says he hopes government will now bring tangible solutions to the school, which has severe infrastructure and drug abuse problems.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe is visiting two schools in the area today to assess the issues they are facing; this is ahead of President Jacob Zuma's planned visit next week, when he is expected to meet school principals and pupils.

The school principal, Dr William Louw, grew up in the area and attended the school he now heads.

He says the asbestos roofing remains unchanged from his days as a pupil there.

Louw says he hopes Radebe's visit will help improve the 47-year-old school's infrastructure, as well as address the drug abuse problem suffered by pupils.

"It will give our learners an opportunity to see those people in high profile. Those people that they normally just see on television, it's very good to see them in person, visiting our school."

Speaking to the pupils, Radebe asked them to be resilient despite the challenges they face.

He assured them that government will do the best it can to deal with the socio-economic issues in the community.

WATCH: Minister Jeff Radebe visit Eesterus Secondary School.

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