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KZN MEC for Education Kwazi Mshengu. Photo: KZNDOE/ Facebook.

eThekwini Municipality reportedly disconnecting electricity in schools

KZN Education MEC, Kwazi Mshengu, has been urged to intervene in the disconnection of electricity in some schools in eThekwini.

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KZN MEC for Education Kwazi Mshengu. Photo: KZNDOE/ Facebook.

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has called on Education MEC, Kwazi Mshengu to urgently intervene following the disconnection of electricity at numerous schools in Phoenix and other parts of eThekwini. 

The disconnections reportedly include schools honouring their payment arrangements with the eThekwini Municipality


The DA said it is already known that many schools can no longer afford to pay their municipal rates accounts due to dwindling school fee payments and this has been worsened by high unemployment following the Covid-19 lockdown along with increased food, fuel and transport costs.

The party said the situation is aggravated by the schools currently being ranked quintile 5 – meaning that they receive drastically reduced funding from the Department of Education – despite the school population profiles showing that learners come from severely disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

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Learners participating in school aquaponics programme helps to alleviate hunger: Image: GCIS Vuk’uzenzele

“The DA has urged MEC Mshengu to urgently work with COGTA MEC, Sipho Hlomuka, and engage with eThekwini’s leadership to immediately stop the process of disconnecting schools that are honouring payment arrangements.

“While we acknowledge that municipal rates bills must be paid, there are concessions for indigent residents and the DoE should consider entering into negotiations with the Metro and other municipalities to grant similar special rates to these schools in light of their circumstances.”


Furthermore, the party said one can only hope that the panic and worry of parents whose children are forced to attend schools with no electricity – and the effect on the quality and proper delivery of the syllabus – will not spill onto the streets.


KZN) Department of Education has revealed that the number of unqualified teachers in schools has increased from 215 to 2810 in May 2022. 

In responses to parliamentary questions, the department revealed that in February 2020 it had just 215 unqualified teachers which has increased by more than tenfold to 2810 in May 2022. 

The KZN Education reply also showed that the worst affected areas in terms of unqualified teachers are:

• Zululand with 357 unqualified educators

• King Cetshwayo with 325

• UThukela with 281

• Umgungundlovu with 270 and;

• Pinetown with 267.

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