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Western Cape Schools To Close Amid Level 8 Weather Warning

Hammond emphasized, “All other schools in the remaining districts will be open unless approval has been granted for closure. This will be done on a case-by-case basis.”

With the level 8 weather warning forecasted for Thursday, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has confirmed that schools in most of its districts will be closed for the day. This decision aims to ensure the safety of both learners and teachers.

Bronagh Hammond, the Director of Communications for the WCED, confirmed that schools in the Cape Town Metro, Cape Winelands, Overberg, and parts of the West Coast districts will be closed.

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This decision was made after extensive consultation with the Provincial Disaster Risk Management Centre and the South African Weather Service (SAWS). All public ordinary and special schools in the following education districts will be closed:

  • Metro Central Education District
  • Metro East Education District
  • Metro North Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Cape Winelands Education District
  • Overberg Education District
  • Circuit 1 and 2 of the West Coast Education District (Malmesbury and Picketberg areas)

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Schools have received official notice of the closure from the Head of Department and have been requested to communicate the closures to parents.

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Hammond emphasized, “All other schools in the remaining districts will be open unless approval has been granted for closure. This will be done on a case-by-case basis.”

She added, “Our default position is always to keep schools open, but we are mindful of the severity of the warnings in place and the damage already caused in certain areas.”

So far, 20 schools have been granted permission for closure across the province, with the majority being in the Cape Winelands district.

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Over the past few days, 137 schools have reported some form of damage to infrastructure, either due to flooding or heavy winds. While most cases are minor, 49 require urgent attention.

Hammond praised the infrastructure team, stating, “I am extremely proud of our infrastructure team who are rapidly addressing the reports coming through. It is not easy in these continued extreme conditions; however, they are determined to reduce further damage and ensure structural safety.”

All schools are expected to reopen on Friday, July 12. However, the WCED will evaluate the weather prediction for the end of the week to determine whether any individual school closures are necessary on Friday.

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Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo is a skilled journalist who writes local and world news for SurgeZirc South Africa. With a passion for delivering accurate and reliable information, Parusha has become a trusted voice in the news industry. With years of experience in the field, Parusha has developed a keen eye for identifying important stories and presenting them in a clear and concise manner.
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