On Monday, Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi, Premier David Makhura, Infrastructure Development MEC Tasneem Motara and Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina officially handed over the R77 million state-of-the-art Abram Hlophe Primary School, Ekurhuleni, to the community of Katlehong.
The new school is named after Abram “Buddy” Hlophe, a former pupil at Katlehong High School. Hlophe later became a community and political activist who fought for educational facilities to be brought closer to the townships but was killed in Katlehong in 1992.
Lesufi said by rebuilding the school, the Gauteng Provincial Government aimed to counter the mentality that African children did not deserve the best in education.
“Our children must not come out of informal settlements to go to informal schools,” he said.
The Abram Hlophe Primary School project included the renovation of all brick-and-mortar structures while removing asbestos and mobile structures. It features 15 new, ordinary classrooms, Grade R block (Includes 5 classrooms and the reception block), administration block, library, nutrition centre, two laboratories; guardhouse; refuse yard; pump room, new parking area and two combi courts.
According to Lesufi, the reopening of the school was a result of “sheer determination” from the government that children must – in the spirit of Abram Hlophe – learn closer to where they stay.