The Western Cape Education Department says it has hit another snag in the construction of the Manenberg School of Skills.

A company – that lost out on the tender for the school – initiated an interdict and review application of the successful tender.

This means construction of the school will be halted until the Western Cape High Court reviews the application next month.

Provincial Education MEC, David Maynier, says they’re working hard to fast-track construction.

“The result is that the community will, unfortunately, have to wait even longer for the school to be completed and that there will be a delay in us providing desperately needed School of Skills places in Manenberg.”

Construction on the site was also interrupted by the so-called “construction mafia” last month.

The department says itself and the community of Manenberg are disappointed by the continuous delay.

“Schools of Skills offer learners who would otherwise potentially drop out of the mainstream academic curriculum the opportunity to pursue their own passion in a skills education environment. While we are doing our very best to build new schools more quickly… the people of Manenberg will now have to wait even longer for their children to have this opportunity.”

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