Metrorail delays hinder students reaching school from Tembisa

Refiloe Nt’sekhe MPL

DA Constituency Head: Kempton Park/Tembisa

During a recent oversight visit to Pierre Van Ryneveld High School with Ward Councillor Jaco Terblanche, the principal informed us of serious delays affecting learners using Metrorail lines.

The majority of his students travel from Tembisa; in fact of 1300 learners at the school, at least 70% use trains to get to school.

The week before our visit, the train was cancelled three times, and on the day of our visit, the train was late by 19 minutes.

I will be submitting questions to the Gauteng MEC for Transport to establish:

  1. How many students currently make use of Metrorail to get to school and back in the province;
  2. Whether the MEC is aware of the delays experienced by learners in using this system to get to school;
  3. If so, what plans does the department have in place to address the issue; and
  4. If not, what will the department do resolve this issue

Quality education is a critical building block to helping our disadvantaged communities out of poverty and into a prosperous and productive life.

It is completely unacceptable that the education of these learners should be compromised due to poor train operations.