Apart from their public persona, the DA-MPLs in Bhisho are hard at work behind the scenes, helping out the general public with hundreds of queries every month. Below is a very short summary of some of the issues Edmund van Vuuren, Shadow MEC for Education and his team has been dealing with, to give readers an idea of the extent of their work.
- Ongoing support for temporary teachers who are still waiting to be paid by the Department of Education;
- Three schools that were revamped recently, namely Booysenpark Secondary, Rufane Donkin Primary School and Dr A W Habelgraan Primary School, thanks to DA intervention;
- The issue of shortages of workbooks at schools was handed to the public protector for investigation. A report is expected before the end of the year.
- Feedback from the Director of Labour on 30 October thanking the DA for bringing to their attention criminal charges faced by a teacher. The intention of the department is to investigate the matter and prefer charges if the finding and recommendations of the investigating team so requires.
- Assistance to a teacher who was transferred to Limpopo from Port Elizabeth due to promotion. Van Vuuren’s office struggled from 6 November to organise the teacher’s move, all that was needed was a signature by an official. After numerous phone calls his office is happy to report that the move was done on 5 December.
- Medical board thanks to DA-intervention for a teacher who had been receiving her normal salary despite having submitted all the necessary paperwork to the department.
“We deal with many, many queries every day. Sometimes a mere phone call resolves the issue. Others take time and a lot of patience. We try and help where we can,”, Van Vuuren said.