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The Western Cape is on the verge of a massive storm! The Head of Education has made the decision to officially shut schools for safety purposes!

 

The Head of Education in the Western Cape issued an official statement about closing all schools in the Western Cape, this is because of the massive storm that is due to hit the province at any moment and bring some extremely unsafe weather with it.

While this isn’t good news (although we suspect the kids are going to be overjoyed!) it is important to spread the message far and wide, here is what the Head of Education had to say:

After extensive consultation with all roleplayers and at the recommendation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Management and SA Weather Service, I have taken the unprecedented decision in the interest of learner and educator safety to close schools in the Western Cape tomorrow, 7th June 2017.

We were informed from the South African Weather Service that the Western Cape will experience gale force winds and heavy rains over an extended period tomorrow (Wednesday, 7 June) during a storm that is expected to make landfall tonight (Tuesday, 6 June).

At this stage, current weather forecast methodology predicts:

  • High winds of up to 90km per hour or higher are possible in some areas;
  • Rains of up to 50mm or more over a 24 hour period across various areas;
  • Very high seas are expected with swells reaching up to 10 – 12m

Our primary concern is the safety of learners and staff. The storm may damage some schools, which could place learners and staff at risk, as well as those who commute to school, especially in rural areas.

We have been advised that the storm will abate by Thursday, 8 June. Schools must therefore reopen on Thursday.

While education is important the safety of children is much more so! We wish everyone in the Western Cape a safe few days!


Sources: WCED
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