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Limpopo govt hopes to resume learning in Vuwani schools next week

More than 20 schools have been badly damaged during a protest over demarcation.

The number of schools targeted in ongoing protests in the Vuwani area now stands at 22. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Despite warnings from the education department that it doesn't have money to rebuild destroyed schools in Vuwani, the Limpopo government says it hopes to resume learning there from next week.

The Vhembe district municipality yesterday declared Vuwani a disaster area, making millions of rands available to refurbish schools and install mobile classrooms.

More than 20 schools have been badly damaged during a protest over demarcation and the resident's refusal to join a new municipality in Malamulele.

The education department and provincial government have contradicted each other about when normality will be restored in the area.

LISTEN: Vuwani declared disaster zone

Minister Angie Motshekga was unable to tell parliament when learning will resume during her budget vote speech today.

But the Limpopo premier's spokesperson Kenny Mathivha says they're hopeful this will be soon

"We should be able to unlock the resources that are there to start rebuilding the schools and providing mobile classes and clinics to make sure that school returns to normality by Monday next week."

Meanwhile, the shutdown continues in the rural Limpopo town with roads blocked and police on high alert.

Motshekga says government as a whole would have to find the funds to rebuild torched schools in Vuwani.

She says her department's R22 billion budget has no money to spare to rebuild schools that have been gutted during protests.

She says her department can't carry the cost alone.

"The answer is that the money is going to come from all over. Not from us alone, but it will have to come from government, and that's why the director general has been speaking to Treasury to say 'is there any way you can help us because this is an emergency?' It was unplanned for, we didn't see it coming and we did would not have put money aside for it. We have to see if there are those contingency resources in government to deal with emergencies."

Pupils at the affected schools have also lost their academic records and valuable time in the classroom.

WATCH: Vuwani protests over municipal demarcation decision

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