The Limpopo Department of Education has made
arrangements for learners who are beneficiaries of the National School
Nutrition Programme (NSNP) to receive food hampers which will cater them while
schools remain closed.
This follows the announcement by the
Department of Basic Education to delay the reopening of schools by two weeks
from 27 January to 15 February 2021. This intervention is also informed by the
directives and content of structural interdict by the Gauteng North High Court
against the Department of Basic Education to feed qualifying learners, whether
attending school or not.
The NSNP will resume on 27 January 2021, with
schools directed to get service providers to prepare hampers to the value of
R273.00 per learner. The hampers should include all specified menu items,
delivered in their original form and packaging. Schools that participate in the
nutrition programme using the decentralised model will directly procure
foodstuff for their learners.
Schools will directly communicate with
parents and caregivers on when learners can come and collect hampers. Learners
relying on learner transport to reach schools and also benefiting from the
nutrition programme will be transported to school to receive their hampers.
District Learner Transport Coordinators have been directed to assist schools in
the coordination of this process.
Schools were further directed to develop
workable mechanisms of distributing hampers within the guidelines of the
adopted standard operating procedure for the prevention, containment and
management of COVID-19 in schools. These require schools to adequately
take into consideration aspects of wearing of masks, social distancing, hand
washing and sanitising of frequently touched surfaces.
Ms Tidimalo Chuene
082 831 0227
BY THE LIMPOPO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION