Rotara School one step closer to being moved

Rotara School's current location at Waters Edge.
Rotara School's current location at Waters Edge.

Plans to move Rotara Special School to Carletonville gathered momentum this week when environmental authorisation was granted for the process.
On 23 November, the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDard) granted environmental
authorisation for Rotara School to be moved to portions 1 to 34 and 57 of Erf 4044 at Carletonville Ext. 9. This site is situated on the open veld behind the current built-up area to the left of Onyx Drive.
Plans to move Rotara School from its current stand at Waters Edge due to ground stability issues, particularly
sinkholes, was already started some years ago. These plans only gained momentum after Government purchased
the new site about three years ago, however.
Mr Mekiah Mugonda of the company Simmek Projects, which is handling the public participation process of the project, said this week that the proposed special school will cater for 250 learners with an accompanying hostel.
Although the proposed site is also situated on dolomitic ground, the Council of Geoscience has declared
the ground suitable for the development of the new school.
The environmental authorisation for the building of the new school was granted on 23 November and anyone
who wishes to appeal the decision must do so within 20 days. People who need more information regarding this
can contact Ms Tsholofelo Mere at 011 240 3204 or at Tsholofelo.mere@gauteng.gov.za.

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