(7 June 2013)


Comment by Basil Manuel,  President of NAPTOSA

" . . . . . .  both excellent and disturbing articles. (see below)  The reality of South Africa and what some of our people experience as 'normal' is profoundly unsettling.   The minister would do well to carefully look at the advice from Nic Spaull. He highlights some really sober realities wrt changing the system.

How are our teachers putting up with these conditions or have they been so socialized into these conditions that there is a resignation to accepting this as their lot in life.     . . . . . . . . .     this should be keeping us awake at night.

When NEC debates our social involvement we need seriously to look at teachers helping teachers and by extension helping our children." 

Mail and Guardian: Limpopo toilets are still the pits (19 April 2013)
Click here:


Mail and Guardian: School Infrastructure: Motshekga, don’t shoot for the stars – N Spaull (5 June 2013)
Click here

The facts regarding school toilets

Statistics provided DBENational Education Infrastructure Management System Report (May 2011)

Out of the 24 793  public schools in South Africa:

  • 3 544 have no electricity supply and 804 have an unreliable electricity supply,
  •  2 402 schools have no water supply and 2 611 have an unreliable water supply,
  •  913 schools have no toilet facilities and 11 450 have pit-latrines
  •  19 5421 schools do not have a library (79% of schools),
  •  21 021 schools do not have a laboratory (85% of schools),
  •  19 031 schools do not have a computer centre (77% of schools)
  •  45% of schools had a landline, but only 22% in Eastern Cape
  •  35% of schools had a fax machine, but only 14% in Eastern Cape
  •  13% of schools were connected to the Internet, but only 2% in Limpopo


This is what the Minister said in her budget vote speech on 7 May 2013:

The Department has the following targets to meet through ASIDI: Eradication of 496 inappropriate structures; Provision of basic water to 1257 schools; Provision of basic sanitation to 868 schools and electrification of 878 schools.
Currently, 50 inappropriate schools are in construction for completion by end of this year and will be ready for occupation in 2013.
In 2011/12, 55 schools were provided with water, 115 with sanitation and 48 with electrification. Capacity challenges among our Implementing Agents and contractors have resulted in programme delays and these are being rigorously tackled

 For a more detailed account of the infrastructure saga visit the Equal Education website.  Click here