Half a billion rand needed to rebuild damaged Vuwani schools

The premier's spokesperson says millions of rands are needed to refurbish and rebuild the destroyed schools.

The Vhudzani secondary school is one of over 20 schools which have been touched by the Vuwani community. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Limpopo government says it needs at least half a billion rand to rebuild and repair damaged schools in Vuwani.

More than 20 schools have been targeted in arson attacks in Vuwani, which was declared a disaster area.

The schools were damaged during a protest over Vuwani's incorporation into the Malamulele municipality.

LISTEN: Vuwani declared disaster area.

Teaching has also been brought to a standstill in the area.

The Limpopo premier's spokesperson, Kenny Motivha, says millions of rands are needed to refurbish and rebuild the destroyed schools.

"The damage of the schools and the infrastructure is not yet fully assessed but at the moment we have calculated about half a billion but it should go beyond that."

He says this money will come from the province's disaster fund.

Protests have continued in Vuwani this week despite calls for calm.

At the same time, Limpopo's provincial government said it's consulted with 13 of the 18 traditional leaders in Vuwani and has received a commitment that violence in the area will come to an end, as demands about a new municipality are being addressed.

An inter-ministerial task team has been set up to dissolve a protest that started earlier this month in which 24 schools were badly damaged.

The Department of Education said it's not able to resume learning or assess the damage to schools due to the continued barricading of roads and intimidation of officials.

Limpopo government spokesman Phuti Seloba said, "The five that are left are the ones we've started engaging with them through king. It is not only about engagements, there is commitment that violence in the area must end and that children must quickly get back to classes."