Request for Treasury intervention on matters relating to budget for Covid-19 regulations requrements in all schools of the Eastern Cape

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OUR RFF. FCBP/TR.1/3


23 JUNE 2021


THE SUPERINTENDENT GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY
BISHO


Attention: HOD MR DALUHLANGA MAJEKE


Dear Sir


RE: REQUEST FOR TREASURY INTERVENTION ON MATTERS RELATING TO BUDGET FOR COVID 19 REGULATIONS REQUIREMENTS IN ALL SCHOOLS OF THE EASTERN CAPE


Consequently our interaction and engagements with the Department of Education regarding the school furniture orders as manufacturers and suppliers of school furniture, I hereby wish to appeal to your good office with sincerity for the intervention in so far as availability of budget to address one of the most important components of Covid-19 regulations i.e. Social Distance in classrooms of the Eastern Cape Province schools.


  1. When the Covid-19 regulations were announced last year the issue of social distance was not only emphasized for the citizens of the Republic of South Africa but more emphasis was also made for our children for seating arrangements in classrooms to be no less than 1.5 metres in between students.
  2. We have noticed that many schools have not been able to comply with the Covid 19 regulations for social distance with the hope that the Department will provide them with relevant school furniture to address that requirement but the department was overwhelmed by many Covid-19 regulations demands such as PPes and fumigation of all schools in Our Province.
  3. The effect of this disaster has directly affected many programs of the DOE such as supply of school furniture in terms of the contract number SMU6-16/17-0156. See our recent correspondence with the Education Department attached marked “ECBF 1″.
  4. This contract was extended last year and expiry date to be 30 June 2021, this extension did not yield any results for both the Department and the manufacturers due to the advent of Covid-19 and Lock Down Regulations.
  5. We have since been informed that the DoE is not able to place orders due to lack of budget although they have voluminous requisitions of school furniture from all Districts offices of this Province. With due respect it is unheard off that Programme 2 has no budget when infact all service delivery items that are making out a classroom have not been provided enough budget such as school furniture and LTSM.
  6. In the light of the contract of school furniture contract expiring by 30 June 2021, wc arc sccing a challenge that will face not only the department will be affected but our children also will be affected by lack of addressing Covid-19 regulations by our Provincial government. It must also be mentioned that our workers and factories will also be affected if official orders of school furniture are not placed in time and the contract is not extended for smooth rolling out Covid-19 social distance regulations by the department of Education.
  7. We have noticed that Government has prioritized the vaccination of teachers but the issue that affect our children in so far as social distance has not been prioritized by making sure that there is enough financial budget to buy school furniture relevant to address social distance which is a serious mistake to say the least.
  8. It must also be recorded that before we became business people we were children and now parents, we are also part and integral of the broader community of the Eastern Cape Province, therefore, we tako this misnomer seriously.

Hopefully you will find this in order and we also anticipate your prompt action to address this matter.


Yours sincerely,
BONGILE S, NKOLA
(CHAIRPERSON)

Contact: Email address: Nkola@ecbonafides.org.za & bongilefmmc@gmail.com
Cell No: 0832842197
Cc: CHAIRPERSON OF PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE FOR EDUCATION: HON. MR M.SAZIWA


ECBF 1


Our Ref RICKEDUC/6.1


23RD JUNE 2021


SUPERINTENDENT
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
STEVE TSHWETE COMPLEX
ZWTLITSHA


Attention: MR MBULELO MPUPU CHIEF DIRECTOR CLIENT SERVICES


Dear Sir,


Re: SCHOOL FURNITURE ORDERS AND THE EXTENSION OF PERIOD CONTRACT TO SUPPLY SCHOOL FURNITURE TO ALL SCHOOLS OF THI: EASTERN CAPE, CONTRACT NUMBER SMU6-16/17-0156


Our previous meeting and telephonic discussions regarding the above bear reference, I hereby wish to inform you that after desperations on seeing that the month end of June is around the corner in which the contract is expiring, I ended up having a teleconference meeting with Dr. Nuku and Mr Mtyida after Mr Marius Haramse informed us that he has written a Memo reminding them that the contract is expiring by 30 June 2021 and there would be no further extension of the same contract.


BACKGROUND:


  1. The contract was for a period of three years dating back 2017 and expiry date was June 2020. The contract did not operate and managed very well something we kept on raising to the late HOD Mr Themba Kojana hence he acknowledged the need of extension and agreed to our request to have the contract extended by another year ending by 30 June 2021.
  2. We all know that early last year that there was unforeseen disaster called Covid-19 which resulted to lock down Level 5 and as a result of this, all businesses in fact the whole country got into a stand still. Due to Lock Down and Covid-19 regulations the economy was severely affected as a results the period in which the contract was extended for was thwarted by regulation of Covid-19 and Lock Dawn rendering the extension of the school furniture contract mute or had no effect to what it was intended for.
  3. A lot of things could not be managed and administered properly by the Department owing to the advent or Covid-19 regulations and its demands like PPEs which eventually affected school furniture budget and other.
  4. When the call for social distance in the classroom in all schools of the Republic of South Africa we had hoped that there was a lot on our part to cooperate at the time of need since we thought that a lot of furniture would be required to address social distance in the seating arrangements in classrooms.

  5. It is our humble request with sincerity for the issuing of school furniture orders before 30 June 2021 and extend the contract by one year since last extension was affected by all manner of things as a result of the Covid-19 Disaster.


    Yours sincerely,
    BONGILE S NKOLA
    (EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN)
    CONTACT: Cell 083 284 2197. Email Address, bongilefmmc@gmail.com


    CC: CHEF DIRECTOR SCM: MR M. HARAMSE
    HOD FOR TREASURY: MR DALUHLANGA MAJEKE
    CHAIRPERSON OF PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE FOR EDUCATION; MR M SAZIWA
    CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER: MRS NOKUTHULA NGCINGWANA

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