Ladysmith Science Expo

Alf Lees, MP

Democratic Alliance

The ANC-led local council’s withdrawal of permission to utilise the Ladysmith Outdoor Sports Centre for the annual Science Expo, on the basis that the venue is needed by the provincial Premier, is astounding and smacks of arrogance.

This very successful project has been run by dedicated Egerton teachers and staff for decades.   Yet last Friday, a mere three weeks before the event, Ladysmith Municipal Manager, Mr Kathide, unilaterally informed Expo organisers that they would no longer be allowed to use the venue as it was to be used by the Premier instead. This, despite the fact that the venue was booked way back in January.

The DA condemns the Municipal Manager’s decision in no uncertain terms.

Clearly he has put the political interests of the ANC and its election campaign ahead of the desperate need for science education of our children. In so doing, he has taken away an opportunity given to children from all walks of life and communities to learn and to succeed, both in South Africa and internationally

The Premier has no authority in a local municipal matter such as this.  He should wait in the queue behind the citizens of Emnambithi-Ladysmith.  Certainly he should not take precedence over a Science Expo that has benefitted thousands of local children.