A Ministry of Labor Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) inspector has closed a school following a proactive inspection which took place on Friday at Sigonde Primary School in Musina, Limpopo.
In a statement on Monday, the department said the school did not comply with OHS Act 85 of 1993 as amended.
The law specifies that if the condition of the building threatens or is likely to threaten the health and/or safety of persons, it must be prohibited to occupy or continue to use the building with immediate effect under Article 30 of the said law.
The inspector banned the school based on the following:
The 4th grade class had cracks in the door jamb that overlaps the 5th grade class.
Classes of R, 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7 had bats on the roofs of the classrooms, which posed a danger to the health and safety of people and could cause illnesses, ailments and possibly the death.
During the administrative inspection, the inspector learned that on Tuesday May 24, 2022, 50 pupils were absent from school because they declared themselves sick due to the infestation resulting from the bats.
Educators have alleged that snakes are being killed weekly because they are attracted to bats in classrooms.
The department said a mobile classroom used by Grade 2 learners is the only classroom still operating, therefore the school will remain closed until corrections are made.
Acting Provincial Inspector Reckson Tshitshivheli said health and safety is part of the department’s business and they leave nothing to chance.
He said employers must ensure that at all times they comply with OSH legislation.
“When they are unsure, they have to call on us so that we can help them get their house in order. Inspections are our daily job and when we come across life-threatening situations, we unfortunately we will have to close the building.
“We commend our inspectors who do not compromise the health and safety of people and encourage them to continue doing their job to mitigate non-compliance,” Tshitshivheli said.
South Africa: Musina school closed due to bat infestation
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