Gauteng education commits to Public Protector’s remedial action

The Gauteng department of education (GDE) has committed to implementing the remedial actions of a Public Protector report into the construction of Mayibuye Primary School in Midrand, Johannesburg.

The report is a result of an investigation into allegations that the functionaries of the Gauteng department of infrastructure development (GDID) as well as the GDE built the school on an old sewer line. This they did without conducting a wetland study and spent millions of Rands on an incomplete project, said the report.

Cost ballooned from R80m to R106m

According to the report, the original cost of the project stood at just over R80-million. However, the revised contract ballooned the cost to an estimated R106-million.

“This report was… issued under Section 182(1)(b) of the Constitution and Section 8(1) of the Public Protector Act. It scrutinises whether the GDID and GDE adhered to legal prescripts and procedures. This during the construction of Mayibuye Primary School, and whether their actions constituted maladministration and undue delay. 

“The investigation found a lack of procedural integrity. This was found in the procurement and supply chain management procedures used in building the school. Additionally, the report alleges that a critical wetland study was not conducted before construction began. This suggested… further improper conduct and maladministration,” the department said.

The GDE has acknowledged the findings of the report.

GDE commits to implementing recommendations

“The GDE… is committed to implementing the recommended remedial actions. 

“Such implementation includes ensuring continuous compliance and strict monitoring mechanisms of the Project Plan. This was already provided to the Public Protector on 14 June 2024. It is aimed …to ensure that the school is fully operational. This in line with the efficient and economic management of the working capital. In terms of S 38(1)(c)(iii) of the PFMA,” the department said.

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