At Blouvlei we are responsible for transporting 180 learners each day. Unfortunately two of these vehicles are old, and the cost for maintenance is exorbitant.
One of these is a minibus with a seating capacity of only 14 learners. The larger school-bus type vehicle is much safer; as the minibus is used in the taxi-industry of South Africa, and we are soft targets to the gangs and syndicates involved in high-jackings.
Because the vehicles are small it means several trips each morning and afternoon. Therefore some children arrive especially early and some leave extra late. It also means that children are often waiting alone at home to be picked up, as their parents have to leave for work as well. Another implication is that the teaching and learning experience is impacted upon.
Blouvlei needs to raise funds for one 32 seater-bus. The increased seating will alleviate the number of trips, thereby reducing impact on teachers and learners, as well as making us less vulnerable for high-jackings.
Cost: per vehicle plus adaptation - R 340 860.00 + 10% = R374,946.00
The desired vehicle is a TATA Bus LP713S