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Dept receives donations worth R10m to assist Vuwani schools

Angry residents damaged more than 20 schools in May protesting over the merging Malamulele with Vuwani.

Tshinavhe Secondary School in Vuwani is one of the schools damaged during protests in the area earlier this year. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

VUWANI - The Basic Education Department says it has received about R10 million in donations from the private sector to help school children in Vuwani.

Angry residents damaged more than 20 schools in May protesting over the merging of the Malamulele Municipality with Vuwani.

Yesterday, some community members boycotted the elections still upset over demarcation in the area.

Vuwani children haven't been able to attend school for three months.

Schools have opened their gates for the first time in months but some are still badly damaged from protests earlier this year.

Basic education department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says it was a slow start but the department is encouraged by attendance in particularly the primary schools.

He says the private sector kindly stepped in to try assist the Vuwani community.

"We received blankets for the camps that we've created, desks, stationary, printers, photocopiers and more."

Mhlanga says longer schooling hours will be looked at to help learners catch up on missed work.

#Vuwani Mhlanga: We're concerned that we have schools which are completely deserted like Tshinavhe Secondary. MK pic.twitter.com/R8lZzHvOqx



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