Storm blows off school roof

TSHOLOTSHO - A primary school in Tsholotsho District has appealed for help to repair two of its blocks that had roofs blown away by heavy winds last week, forcing affected pupils to conduct lessons in the open.

Mazibisa Primary School in Chief Magama area, located about 20 kilometres south of Tsholotsho Business Centre, has sent an impassioned plea for help from well wishers.

Speaking to the Daily News during a recent tour of the district, Tsholotsho district education officer Njabulo Kelvin Nyathi said he had been to the school and the headmaster explained what happened.

“From the information I have so far, strong winds occurred on Wednesday blowing off the roof and cracking the wall. Fortunately the incident took place during lunch break and as a result no kid was injured in the mishap,” Nyathi said.

The damage had forced pupils to conduct lessons under a tree while some had to be squeezed into other classrooms.

Nyathi said although they were in the process of assessing the actual cost of the damage, initial estimates range upward of $2 000.

He was worried by the fact that the school’s roofs were often blown away and superstitious locals now believe it is haunted.

“It appears this is not the first time. I am told in every three years the school is affected by the same problem. I think there is a fault in the way it was constructed,” Nyathi said, dismissing reports that the Seventh Day Adventist Church-run school was haunted.

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