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"Over 50 ministers came together to agree on joint action towards achieving universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene at the two-day SWA 2019 Sector Ministers’ Meeting. These discussions among ministers and their development partners mark a breakthrough in the global approach to the governance, financing and accountability of the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. 47 countries tabled commitments to action, with their civil society and private sector partners, donors and UN agencies making commitments to support them. The SWA 2019 Sector Ministers’ Meeting, the 6th of its kind, is organized by the Sanitation and Water for All global partnership and co-convened by UNICEF and the Inter-American Development Bank."

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Government is making strides in delivering proper schools infrastructure. The Department of Roads and Transport handed over state of the art educational facilities at two schools in the Nkomazi area in Mpumalanga. The infrastructure was built through the corporate social investment initiative of the Airports Company South Africa, a state-owned entity of the Department of Transport.

 

"This morning we are talking all issues education, what are the milestones and where are the challenges. This comes at the backdrop of the findings of a report by Equal Education after conducting a schools social audit on schools in Gauteng. The audit was conducted on 200,000 students in more than 200 schools in over 20 communities around Gauteng. The report covers learning conditions, and also identified other challenges like overcrowding, lack of libraries and labs as well shortages of desks and chairs. It also highlighted that about 10% of township schools are experiencing a sanitation crisis. We now continue the discussion now joined by Nandipha Khohliso - at Thabisile Primary School in Zone 5 Diepkloof and Dr More Chakane, CEO of Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance."

Gauteng province recorded 175 complaints of physical assault of learners by teachers last year.

Sexual abuse complaints recorded were 43.

Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi says the situation is unbearable and action is needed.

Lesufi says last year alone the department dismissed 44 educators.

He says that there is an urgent need to establish a rehabilitation school instead of moving suspended learners around.

Lesufi further says the violence in schools has reached a crisis point.

Listen to the interview on CapeTalk

 

 

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During his first week at school, five-year-old Michael Komape drowned in a pit latrine in northern South Africa.

That day in January 2014 will be one his father James Komape will never forget.

As he takes me back to the school in Chebeng village, where the tragedy struck, his pain is palpable.

"When I arrived at the opening of the toilet hole all I could see was a small hand," he says.

"Some people were standing looking into the hole, no-one had thought to take him out. It's the saddest thing I've ever seen.

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