Limpopo School Closed After Bat Infestation

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A primary school in Limpopo has been closed down after an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) inspector found that the school was not compliant with the OHS Act 85 of 1993 and posed a risk of health to learners.

 


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On Friday, 27 May 2022, Sigonde Primary School was closed after it had bats on the roofs of several classrooms while another classroom had cracks at a doorpost.

The OHS inspector found bats on the roofs of Grade R 1,4,5,6 and 7 classrooms and said that they posed a danger to the health and safety of the individuals using the classrooms and may cause sickness, diseases and possible deaths.

The Department of Employment and Labour released a statement which revealed that one mobile classroom utilised by the Grade 2 learners at the school is the only classroom functioning.

“When conducting the administration inspection, the inspector learned that on Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 50 learners were absent from school as they reported sick due to the infestation resulting from the bats. Educators alleged that snakes are killed on a weekly basis as they are attracted by the bats in the classrooms,” read the statement.

Acting Provincial Inspector Mr Reckson Tshitshivheli said that employers must ensure they comply with OHS legislation. He added that if they are not sure if they are compliant, they should contact the department for assistance.

“When we come across any life-threatening situations we will, unfortunately, have to close the building. We commend our inspectors who do not compromise the health and safety of persons and encourage them to continue to do their jobs to mitigate non-compliance,” said Tshitshivheli.

 

 

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