Over 300 people gathered at Kgosi Shope Secondary School in Setlhwatlhwe Section at Setlagole Village to witness the Sod turning ceremony which symbolically signalled the beginning of the major renovation of the school on Friday, 14 April 2023.

Almost 40 people from the local community are going to get temporary employment during the renovation of the school. Also the local companies are going to share the 30% stake through sub- contracting.

Kgosi Shope Secondary school was established in 1991. It was built by community it members who each donated a brick to construct the first two blocks of 4 classrooms. The department built two more blocks consisted of 3 classrooms and principal’s office.

The MEC for Education, Viola Motsumi emphasized that the learners in rural areas deserve to get the same schools as those in towns.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that learners attend school in a conducive learning environment. Learners in the villages have a right to attend schools which are properly built and in good conditions like those in towns. Today we came here to officially conduct a sod turning to signal the beginning of construction of Kgosi Shope Secondary School. We are fulfilling the promise that we made to this community of building them a school.

“As we build this school, we want the community to own it. They should be the eyes and look after it. They should not allow criminals to break and steal what the government has provided for them. We are going to build a computer laboratory and it will be sad if the computers can be stolen”, said MEC Motsumi.

MEC Motsumi indicated that the school project is going to cost the department R65 million. The programme is going to consist of demolition of dilapidated infrastructure, construction of new 10 classrooms, library, computer laboratory, science laboratory, multipurpose centre, nutrition centre, administration block, guard house, storage areas, security fence, etc.

The project is expected to be completed by June 2024.


For more information please contact:
Elias Malindi
Departmental Spokesperson
Cell: 072 115 4855 /072 892 8399

Author: tkhechane