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Op ed: Dear Coega, tell no lies and claim no easy victories

On 3 November the Mail&Guardian published our op ed, “Equalisers fight for schools not built,” on the role that Coega Development Corporation (CDC) plays in the slow delivery of school infrastructure. We reported the high amounts of irregular and wasteful expenditure incurred by the State-owned entity (SOE); specific schools where it failed to deliver; and

STATEMENT: SA HAS FUNDS TO #FixOurSchools, IT’S IMPLEMENTATION THAT IS LACKING

29 November 2017 marks the one year anniversary of the first deadline stipulated in the Minimum Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure – the government’s legally binding mandate to provide all public schools with basic resources. According to the Norms and Standards, by 29 November 2016 all schools must have been provided with access to

MEDIA STATEMENT: BANKING ON FEES COMMISSION WILL LEAVE VULNERABLE STUDENTS TRAPPED IN DEBT

The crucial work of assessing the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training (Fees Commission) has begun in earnest. While Equal Education is pleased with the direction provided by the Commission in certain areas, we are troubled by some of the recommendations. Our contention in our submission to the Fees Commission

POST #MTBPS2017 MEDIA STATEMENT: BUDGETING TO SERVICE CORRUPTION AND NOT TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE POOR – THE TREASURY OF MALUSI GIGABA

The Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, delivered his much anticipated maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) speech yesterday.  Equal Education (EE) remains deeply concerned about the crisis that is unfolding with regards to the nation’s finances[1]: the ever-increasing debt-to-GDP ratio, the SARS revenue collection shortfall, and the national and provincial departments’ inability to action much-needed

PRE #MTBPS2017 MEDIA STATEMENT: FOR THE SAKE OF OUR FUTURE, MALUSI GIGABA MUST COME CLEAN.

On Wednesday 25 October, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba will present the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) to the nation. It will be the first major policy statement to South Africans since Gigaba’s shock appointment following an after-hours Cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma. The backdrop to the Minister’s maiden MTBPS is that serious questions

MEDIA STATEMENT: EVICTION OF 80-YEAR-OLD FARM SCHOOL LABELLED AS NOT BEING AN INJUSTICE

The Grootkraal Primary school matter was back in Court today, as the community sought permission to appeal a judgment handed down by Judge Elizabeth Baartman in August 2017. The Western Cape Education MEC, Debbie Schafer and the Kobut Besigheid Trust also reported on their unsuccessful attempts at negotiating a lease agreement that would ensure the

MEMORANDUM DELIVERED TO SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE IMPLEMENTING AGENT COEGA

TO BE DELIVERED TO COEGA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION DOE PROGRAMME MANAGER THEMBEKA POSWA AND REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CEO WE DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY OF IMPLEMENTING AGENTS AND OVERSIGHT OF CONTRACTORS! #ForgottenSchools   #FixOurSchools   Why We Are Here Today We are Equalisers, supporters, and members of Equal Education, a national movement of learners, parents, teachers, and community members campaigning

MEDIA STATEMENT: EE PICKETS AT COEGA TO FIX APPALLING SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE

This morning, the Head of Security at Coega Development Corporation (Coega) attempted to intimidate Equal Education (EE), ahead of our pickets at 3pm today outside its Port Elizabeth and East London offices. The Coega Head of Security has told the Deputy Head of EE Eastern Cape that he is preparing security guards for our arrival.