In response to the concern caused by the circulation of a Whatsapp message regarding school-cleaning protocol, Gauteng MEC for education and youth development Panyaza Lesufi has had to clear up a misunderstanding about the nature of the appointment of the company contracted to clean schools.
"Again Bidvest..? What for..? What's going on in this country..? Where are small-medium black companies to do this kinda work..?" asked ANC veteran Tony Yengeni after tweeting a screenshot of internal communications between staff at an unidentified school.
The message, which contains further instructions on how to prepare the school grounds to be cleaned, reads: "Dear Principal, Bidvest Prestige is the appointed service provider that will be sanitising your school."
Here’s a formal letter of engagement with Bidvest to clean our schools free of charge. The accusations that are circulating are hopelessly misinformed and devoid of truth @educationgp @Steve_Mabona pic.twitter.com/5r4uuMFG62— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) May 21, 2020
According to the letter, the Bidvest group's subsidiary, Bidvest Prestige, would be able to sanitise 577 schools ahead of the 1 June re-opening date.
The company also offered to donate sanitisers and stands/dispensers which would be used by the Grade 7 and 12 learners upon their return.
The company further committed to donating thermometers for the screening of students along with a technology platform to assist employers in ensuring workplace health and safety compliance and monitoring of movement and attendance in line with the appropriate restrictions.
Lastly, the company offered to co-fund production costs for the curriculum to be aired on the SABC Education channel in the hopes of reaching as many students as possible.
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