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Wednesday, 10 July 2024 19:37

Public schools in the Cape Town metro districts to close due to severe weather warning.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The Western Cape Department of Education has announced schools in Cape Town metro districts, Cape Winelands and Overberg districts, and parts of West Coast district will be closed on 11 July 2024.

This as authorities brace for Level 8 disruptive rain on Thursday.

All public ordinary and special schools in the following education districts will be closed on Thursday, 11 July 2024, as a result of the severe storm warnings for these areas:

 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)

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

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.

The Department says the default position is always to keep schools open, but they are mindful of the severity of the warnings in place and the damage already caused in certain areas.

"In the interests of learner and teacher safety, and after extensive consultation with the provincial disaster risk management centre and Saws, a decision has been taken to close schools in certain districts in the Western Cape [on Thursday]," said provincial education MEC David Maynier.

"Over the past few days, 137 schools have reported some form of damage to infrastructure, either as a result of flooding or heavy winds. The majority of the cases are minor, while 49 cases require our urgent attention," said Maynier.

"All schools are expected to open on Friday. We will, however, evaluate the weather prediction for the end of the week to determine whether any individual school closures are necessary on Friday."

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