The president was in KZN for the official handover of three new primary schools: Enhlanhleni, Lembe and Ingweni.
The schools were built under the department of basic education’s accelerated school infrastructure delivery initiative (Asidi) in partnership with the Adopt-A-School Foundation (a partner of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation) in a bid to eradicate schools without water and sanitation.
At each of the three rural schools, mud structures built by local communities more than 30 years ago have been replaced with state-of-the-art infrastructure.
Enhlanhleni, in the rural Kliprots area of Dannhauser, now boasts five new classrooms, two renovated classrooms, an administrative facility, one multipurpose classroom and a science lab, as well as a multimedia centre with a fully equipped library and computer centre.
The school also has newly renovated ablution facilities, a fully resourced Grade R facility, palisade fencing, a security guard house and a fully resourced nutrition and dining centre.
The upgrade created 114 temporary jobs and has benefited the school’s 335 learners.
Forty touch-screen laptops have been donated to the learners and another 10 for teachers at the school.
Ramaphosa was accompanied by basic education minister Angie Motshekga and acting premier Sihle Zikalala, along with other dignitaries.
The president also used the occasion to win votes for the ANC on May 8. He urged local residents to vote so that the government could continue building infrastructure for them.