Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

Heavy Winds and Rain Damage 29 Schools in Western Cape

At least 29 schools in the Western Cape have sustained damage from heavy winds and rainfall, affecting preparations for the start of the third school term.

According to Bronagh Hammond, spokesperson for the Western Cape education department, three schools on the west coast had their roof sheets blown off by strong gusts. The department is currently assessing the extent of the damages and coordinating with affected schools to ensure minimal disruption to teaching and learning.

Hammond assured that despite the damages, all schools are scheduled to open as planned on Tuesday. However, she noted that closures may be considered for individual schools based on road accessibility issues caused by overnight rainfall.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) and provincial disaster management committee have been consulted regarding the situation. SAWS predicts the arrival of another cold front with rain on Tuesday, expecting between 10 and 20mm over western areas and up to 60mm over the south-western mountains.

The education department pledges to continue monitoring developments closely to support affected schools effectively.

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