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CDC Welcomes Successful Completion of Bedford Primary School - published 19 Sep 2019

: newly built Bedford Primary School will see over 744 children from impoverished communities moving into the newly built facility.

CDC Welcomes Successful Completion of Bedford Primary School

Port Elizabeth, 19 September 2019: The Coega Development Corporation announced today that it welcomes the successful completion of the Bedford Primary School following the handing over of the keys to the Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDOE) for occupation.

The CDC, an Implementing Agent (IA) on behalf of ECDOE tasked with implementing various projects has managed to complete the project a couple of months shy of the 24-month contract period, which led to welcomed jubilation by scores of children at the small town of Bedford in the EC. “After having to endure twenty-two (22) temporary classrooms, whilst awaiting the birth of this beautiful school we are thrilled to finally move into the new premises,” says Daniel Paterson, Bedford Primary School Principal.

The ECDOE School’s infrastructure programme is in response to the National Development Plan (NDP) vision of delivering quality education through the provision of appropriate, safe and conducive learning and teaching environment.

The scope of the project comprises of three (3) Grade R classrooms with ablutions and a playground; fifteen (15) ordinary classrooms with attached HoD offices; Computer Lab and Library block; Science Lab with HOD office; Multipurpose Classroom facility; Nutrition Centre and dining area; Assembly court accommodating games court activities; Administration Offices block, paved access ways and parking area and supporting services infrastructure which are crucial elements of the learning environment.

“There is strong evidence that high quality infrastructure facilities improve student outcomes/performance and reduces dropout rates, amongst many other benefits. It is for this reason, the Department has prioritized the building of school infrastructure, whilst appreciating the many challenges facing our infrastructure backlog in the province,” adds Njongovuyo Ncanywa, CDC Project Manager, DOE/DSRAC.

: playing area for children to enjoy themselves during break and extra mural activities.

“One of the success factors of the project has been its job creation efforts,” highlights Ncanywa. Throughout the life span of the project and at peak periods, there had been in excess of 111 direct jobscreated for the community of Bedford. “This achievement is indicative of our resolve to ensure job creation and socio-economic benefits through state driven infrastructure development,” says Ncanywa.

Furthermore, participation by emerging businesses through Small Micro Medium Enterprise’s (SMMEs) has been one of the pillars of the project. The construction of the school saw over 36,25% of the project value awarded to local SMME’s, an achievement described by the CDC as a, “true catalytic project, as it serves to boost the local economy of the town of Bedford, as most of the SMME’s expenditure will boost local businesses & employment.”

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