By Vulani Baloyi
Giyani- The Japanese Embassy is satisfied with the school environment, as well as the clarity received from the principal, and various stakeholders, who were present at Wednesday meeting held at Khakhala Primary.
Takumi Hamada from the Embassy said he was satisfied with the clarity-seeking answers received from the school in relation to the funding they applied.
Hamada was visiting the school to assess, and seek further clarity from the applicants.
The school applied for funding for the building of a nutritional centre or kitchen at the school.
Speaking during the assessment meeting, Hamada said, the embassy receives between 200 to 300 applications per year, and only 15 were shortlisted for this year’s funding.
This school is amongst the 14 which were shortlisted at this year’s applicants.
“I am very satisfied with the environment and the answers i received from the school as an applicant,” said Hamada.
However, Hamada could not confirm whether the school will get the funding or not.
Standing on behalf of the stakeholders, Maluleke KP said he hopes Hamada’s visit will confirm the school’s need for this funding.
He said the stakeholders whole-heartedly support the initiative and believe that Hamada will guide them throughout the way until they get it.
“I emphasize that it is a well-known submission from this community,” said Maluleke.
Klein Letaba circuit manager, Machumele MM alluded the application by the school.
“Speaking during the meeting, she said: providing this infrastructure is a dignity that they (students) deserve- unfortunately we have a backlog and a nutritional centre is not very urgent as we are focused on building classrooms.
Machumele pledged to furnish the embassy with any information that they may need in order to finalize the application.”
“We will make sure that the infrastructure is well maintained,” she concluded
“We will see to it that there is monitoring of this project,” said CDW Bila Jeffrey.
“We promise to make sure that it becomes useful,” said Bila on behalf of the local Municipality.
Meanwhile, traditional leader Baloyi BG, said there won’t be a problem in terms of ownership of the land, as the premises belong to the school.
The school applied for a R875, 000 funding for the building of the kitchen.
The application is in its final stages.
About 12 projects from the shortlisted 15 will get the funding.
Asked if all the 15 shortlisted applicants comply, will the embassy fund all, Hamada confirmed, they can, considering their yearly funding budget.