Coega project records impressive results in EC schools programme

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THE Coega Development Corporation (CDC) announced that it has seen the successful completion of well over 97% of school projects allocated to it by the Department of Education in the Eastern Cape.

NEWLY BUILT SCHOOLS: Grade 7 pupils Libhongo Guzana, left, and (right) Akhona Mpangeva from the Sophumelela Primary School in Keiskammahoek, one of the successful schools newly built by the CDC on behalf of the Department of Education in 2014

The CDC, an implementing agent appointed by the department to expedite the delivery of enabling infrastructure said in a press statement that it had made serious inroads in the schools infrastructure backlog throughout the Eastern Cape.

“The organisation has remained one of the top performing implementing agents of the department in the infrastructure development programme. The CDC has managed to successfully complete well over 585 projects accumulatively valued at R1.8 billion in the last three financial years,” the statement said.

Thembeka Poswa, CDC programme director for DOE/DSRAC said: “As much as our record speaks for itself, we are mindful that more work still remains. Our dedication and commitment in ensuring that we speedily continue delivering adequate infrastructure, is a constant reminder of the commitment we have to Eastern Cape learners.

“Infrastructure to schools like Lumko High School at Amalinda in East London to the value of R63-million have been nothing short of a miracle when compared to before the CDC became involved,” Poswa said.

“Through the allocation of funds by the department we have gradually ensured that most of the school infrastructure includes adequate classrooms, admin blocks, media centers, science laboratories, nutrition centers, multi-purpose classes, fencing, electrical installation, water & sanitation, walkways, parking and assembly areas.”

Key milestones in the last three financial years

On the backdrop of the slow approval rate of project allocation to implementing agents by the Department of Education in the Eastern Cape, due to red tape. The CDC has recorded some key highlight milestones through seeing the successful completion of school projects within budget, scope and time.

The CDC has from 2008 to 2014 been allocated over 225 school projects in the Eastern Cape by the education department valued at over R900-million

The CDC has since the year 2008 up to 2014 been allocated over 225 school projects in the Eastern Cape by the department valued at over R900-million. The CDC said it had recorded a 100% success rate by completing all of them on time and within scope.

“Furthermore, in the financial year (FY) 2014/2015 the CDC was allocated 110 sanitation projects by the department valued at R146-million. The organisation achieved an impressive success rate of 96%, with 103 of the projects completed successfully and handed over to the department, with the remainder transferred to the following FY.”

In 2015/16 the CDC was allocated 159 school fencing projects and recorded a 75% success rate, with 120 of the projects completed successfully. With the remainder transferred to the following year due to budget constraints from the department.

In 2016/17 the CDC was allocated 108 temporary classrooms, with a success rate of 69%, with 75 of the projects completed successfully. With the remainder transferred to the following year due to budget constraints from the department.

SMME participation on projects

“As is CDC policy to ensure that there is adequate representation of Small Micro Medium Enterprises (SMME) on all projects that the organisation is in involved in. To this end, throughout the life span of the infrastructure development programme for schools on behalf of the department,” said Unathi Maholwana, CDC SMME manager.

The CDC has awarded contracts to over 22 Small Micro Medium Enterprises to the value of R14-million from the FY 2014/2015 to 2016/2017 with the value of the contracts ranging between 35% – 36%.

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