KST Nelson Mandela Day 5

KST infrastructure projects in Motheo district (Grade R classes)

KST is a partnership with the Free State Department of Education has been implementing the District Whole School Development (DWSD) programme in primary and secondary schools in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts since 2014. KST aims to collaborate with public and private sector institutions to make education an empowering experience that equips learners with the skills and knowledge to thrive and contribute to the development of our society.

The DWSD programmes intent is to ensure that local communities and SMMEs become part of the value chain and ecosystem, with the aim of supporting and empowering local economic development as well as job creation in the communities that our schools operate in.  As such, our programme has supported 241 SMMEs and 1495 temporary jobs created across both districts as part of our programme infrastructure development and to date 325 new school facilities have been built and 281 schools renovated.

Our theory of change places the learner at the centre of our interventions and therefore the safety of both learners and educators are of paramount importance to the programme.

Zwelakhe Joseph Msabe’s email to Mr T. Seema of the Free State Department of Education on allegations of handing over unsafe school infrastructure is misleading and factually incorrect.

KST Infrastructure development process:

  • A Structural Engineer/ Architect is appointed by KST and managed by a KST appointed Project Manager who is a qualified engineer
  • KST appoints local skilled individuals and SMMEs in order to improve their economic participation, they work under the supervision of a qualified Engineer (the Project Manager)
  • A structural engineering company is appointed and works with our Project Manager (qualified engineer) to ensure all technical compliances
  • Local community volunteers are also appointed and managed by the KST district Project Manager (who is a qualified Engineer) and work under the supervision of that Project Manager
  • Once the construction or renovation of the infrastructure is complete it is inspected by the Free State Department Education engineer and an occupation safety clearance certificate is issued by the Structural Engineer
  • Only then will the infrastructure that has been certified as safe for occupation be handed over to the school

The allegation that infrastructure for schools listed below has been approved by the Free State Department of Education is false, as KST is concluding the occupation safety clearance with the Structural Engineers and therefore these schools will not form part of the infrastructure launch due to take place on 25 and 26 February 2019 unless a certificate of occupation is issued.

  1. Raohang Primary school
  2. Katamelo Primary school
  3. Mokoena Primary school
  4. Mokae Primary school
  5. Ratau Primary School
  6. Seiphemo Primary school

Pertaining to the following:

We received an email from community ward (32) committee member, Zwelakhe Joseph Msabe, alleging that the six Grade R classrooms projects, which were constructed by Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) across Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu in the Motheo District, poses a safety threat as the projects assigned architect Teboho Mahlare from DRA Global allegedly warned you of the discrepancies with regard to the project.

We have no record of the above complaint from our engineers. Additionally, part of our monitoring process is the spot check inspection by our resident Project Manager. To this effect, none of the above schools have been flagged as a safety hazard.

Furthermore, as articulated in the KST Infrastructure development process (above) the following claim made by Mr Msabe is factually incorrect and misleading as we do not operate under the regulations of the NHBRC(see their response below)