- Residents of Vosloorus have rallied behind the township's first black-owned private school, Ayanda Junior Academy
- The community started an online petition following reports that the school had been operating illegally
- However, the Ekurhuleni Municipality discouraged the petition, adding that the school had to be inspected before it could be awarded an occupancy certificate
A concerned Vosloorus community took to social media to support Ayanda Junior Academy after it was revealed the school had been operating illegally.
Last week, Briefly.co.za reported that the Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson, Steve Mabona, said the private school's registration application was denied in April last year, meaning it has been operating illegally.
The news sparked a swift reaction from the Vosloorus community, who started an online petition to help the school.
According to IOL, the petition, which has gathered more than 3 000 signatures since it was launched on Thursday, called on the Ekurhuleni Municipality to approve the school's occupancy certificate.
The brains behind the petition, Gift Luti, said that the occupation certificate would "ensure that a legacy of the township gradually reaches new leaps in the education front."
Although the municipality welcomed the first black-owned school, it stated that the school had to pass several inspections to be awarded the occupancy certificate.
“We have been in contact with the school concerning the outstanding mandatory inspection, after which we will be able to issue a certificate of occupancy," said municipality spokesperson Themba Gadebe.
Gadebe added: “The inspection involves a number of relevant departments, such as city planning, roads and environmental health, among others.
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