Western Cape reopens schools after severe storms

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The Western Cape Education Department says it has made significant progress in re-opening schools after severe storms battered the province earlier this week.

Eleven people were killed and thousands others displaced. The provincial Education Minister, David Maynier says they have made the reopening of schools their priority.

“The severe storm over the long weekend has kept 16 Western Cape schools closed down from 39 closed on Tuesday and 21 closed on Wednesday. We are pleased that the recovery effort is proceeding quickly, allowing schools to reopen successfully. Our officials are working with schools to ensure that all can reopen as soon as possible, and we encourage parents to keep in contact with their school for updates regarding closures.”

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Authorities say they have made good progress with reopening roads that were closed in the province due to the recent flooding.

The Overberg region has been described as a quick win, particularly around Villiersdorp, where single-lane traffic is now operational.

Coastal roads servicing, among others, Betty’s Bay and Pringle Bay are also open. The town of McGregor, however, remains cut off.