It has been attention-grabbing to look at over the previous weeks since Covid-19 got here to our shores, how some individuals out of the blue assume that we reside in a special nation. All of a sudden we reside in a South Africa the place all the things is functioning nicely and all that kumbaya stuff.
Maybe this phantasm has been led to by seeing our authorities truly working. Politicians are being compelled to work onerous for his or her cash and all of the soft advantages that include their positions. Maybe that’s the reason a sure MEC advised us reside on nationwide tv that “udikiwe” (I’m fed up) as a result of working onerous was not what she signed up for.
We now see individuals who have been residing in tents for years being supplied with housing, communities which have been with out water for many years out of the blue having water tankers delivered to them. It’s busy within the nation. We’re experiencing a number of the service supply that folks have lengthy been craving for.
However we now have additionally witnessed councillors being fingered for stealing meals parcels meant for the poor, we now have learn of native municipalities spending cash on inflated costs for sanitisers as a result of, after all, some within the make use of of the municipality will profit from kickbacks. This then must be proof sufficient that we’re not on some Wakanda planet however nonetheless in the identical outdated South Africa, our land.
And so it shouldn’t be seen as unreasonable or too essential when individuals increase considerations about youngsters returning to high school, notably these from rural and township faculties.
Rightly so, individuals have raised necessary questions and refuse to consider the division of fundamental training when it says all measures will probably be put in place to stick to security rules with the intention to fight the unfold of Covid-19 in faculties.
Why ought to individuals consider this when young children have died in pit latrines in school? It’s not simple to belief what seems like a grand plan on paper when the truth is that there are faculties with no correct sanitation or water, overcrowded lecture rooms and scholar transport buses, crumbling partitions and leaking roofs that imply learners are despatched house when it’s raining.
Mother and father, extraordinary South Africans, are elevating reliable considerations that can not be dismissed as a result of the division says “we’ve received this”.
Finally, the nationwide division will give you plans and insurance policies to information the opening of faculties, nevertheless, it is going to be provinces that implement these at a faculty degree. It will likely be the identical provinces which have been compelled by courts to ship probably the most fundamental providers akin to furnishings, books, sufficient academics or construct bathrooms … the record is infinite. In truth, simply final month the KwaZulu-Natal division of training launched a draft coverage on scholar transport simply because Equal Training had taken them to court docket to take action. So it’s fairly troublesome to out of the blue consider that these provincial departments of training, which have been inept for therefore a few years, have out of the blue change into efficient as a result of we now have a Covid-19 disaster within the nation.
A narrative by TimesLive this week alleges that it is just the Western Cape and Gauteng which might be able to obtain learners in faculties. It says it’s these provinces which have ostensibly purchased the required Covid-19 necessities akin to sanitisers, masks etcetera. This isn’t stunning. In truth, the Limpopo division of training launched an announcement on Sunday that the college administration staff should not report to high school on Monday — because it was anticipated to — as a result of it doesn’t have all the required instruments out there. Sadly the provincial departments of training haven’t lined themselves in glory sufficient for us to consider what they are saying. On this case it’s justifiable to be a doubting Thomas.