Despite cleaning operations and road infrastructure repairs in South Africa’s Kwa-Zulu Natal province following devastating floods two weeks ago, 62 schools remain inaccessible. The province’s Department of Education has stated that it will provide approximately 100 mobile classrooms to the affected schools.
It claims that this is a temporary solution while it rebuilds partially damaged schools and the Department of Transportation repairs and rebuilds access routes.
Schoolchildren are still feeling the effects of the deadly floods; of the more than 430 people who died in the province, 64 were students, and approximately 630 schools were affected, with 124 suffering serious damage.
Learner transport in many areas is unable to reach some of the schools due to collapsed infrastructure. The hardest hit areas are north of Durban – including Inanda and Molweni in the eThekwini Municipality.