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    Several classrooms gutted by fire at primary school in Gauteng

    The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is working tirelessly to ensure that learning at Drommedaris Primary School in Reiger Park, Boksburg is not compromised after several classrooms were damaged by a fire.

    The incident took place on Sunday afternoon around 13:00. 


    GDE spokesperson Steve Mabona, confirmed the incident that occurred on Sunday, 5 June 2022; where a fire broke out at the school damaging eight classrooms.

    “According to information at our disposal, the School Governing Body was alerted of the fire at approximately 13:00. One of the school’s general assistants reported the incident and the local fire brigade managed to douse the fire,”

    said Mabona.

    Mabona said, unfortunately, eight Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3) classrooms and the school’s storeroom were damaged as a result of the fire. 

    However, police are currently investigating the circumstances that caused the fire.

    “The GDE is working tirelessly to ensure that learning at the school, as well as the health and safety of learners, is not compromised due to this incident,” concluded Mabona.

    Eight classrooms at Drommedaris Primary School were gutted by fire on Sunday. Photo: Gauteng Education department


    Meanwhile, police are still busy with investigations around the human remains which were found at M.C. Weiler Primary School in Alexander.

    The human remains were discovered underneath a mobile classroom on the school premises, on Thursday 2 June 2022.

    “This unsettling discovery was made during school break between 11:00 and 11:30 when learners allegedly went to fetch a soccer ball that was underneath the Grade 5A mobile classroom,” said Mabona.

    Subsequently, the school’s management contacted the police. Learners were released from the school at 13:00 to allow police officials to conduct necessary investigations.

    Mabona added that police officials inspected the scene and started with their investigations.

    Furthermore, the body was then removed from the scene and police indicated that an inquest case will be investigated accordingly.

    The Gauteng Department of Education has dispatched its Psycho-Social Unit to the school to provide counselling and trauma support for all affected learners and Staff. 

    “While we await further reports from the police regarding this matter, learning at the school will continue with necessary psycho-social support,”

    said MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

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