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Giant tree falls, damages Odidini Primary School in Umbumbulu

Odidini Primary School was damaged on Friday after a huge tree fell on the school building.

Odidini Primary School was damaged on Friday after a huge tree fell on the school building.

Published Oct 25, 2021

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DURBAN - THE provincial Education Department said an infrastructure task team has been assigned to assess the damage at Odidini Primary School in Umbumbulu.

This comes after a huge tree fell on the school building damaging the roof, ceiling and windows of two classrooms on Friday evening.

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Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said they were worried because the incident had happened at the time of exam preparations.

“Already many schools have a problem of practising social distance due to the number of pupils and the number of classes they have,” said Mahlambi.

He said they were, however, grateful no one had been injured.

Odidini Primary School was damaged on Friday after a huge tree fell on the school building.

“By God’s grace we were fortunate enough that this happened while all the students and teachers had already left the premises. Had this happened during school hours, the pupils and teachers would have been badly injured,” said Mahlambi.

He said they had no choice but to come up with a quick temporary solution while the task team compiled their report.

“Our infrastructural task team is going to visit the school tomorrow (Monday) morning to assess the damages and find solutions to what needs to be done. They are the ones who can assess and tell the department whether the school will need roof repairs or the building itself.

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“In the meanwhile, the department will know after the assessment report if the school would be able to at least provide mobile classrooms while the classes are being fixed,” said Mahlambi.

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