"All I want is some compensation" - Principal receives only 5 years pension

"All I want is some compensation" - Principal receives only 5 years pension

- The former principal of school she built from scratch was shocked to discover that she only qualified for five years worth of pension

- She built the school to serve the community who due to the restrictive apartheid pass laws could not send their kids to government schools

- When the school was handed to the education department the principal signed a contract that she did not fully understand

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A 65-year-old Gogo from Nyanga, Florence Dlamsha, has been accused of sparking unrest at Mvula Primary School. The source of contention is essentially a pension dispute.

Dlamsha started the school in 1980 to educate and care for children of black parents who were at the mercy of the ass-law obsessed apartheid government. She collected donated pieces of corrugated iron from the area to build the school.

Briefly.co.za learned that the residents of Nyanga were in an area where they were constantly at odds with the authorities who strictly policed where certain people could live and work. The children were unable to access government schools because of this according to news24.com.

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The school has grown in the 30 years Dlamsha has run it. She has not retired and handed to school over to the Western Cape education department.

She has since only qualified for five years of government pension. The community has thrown its weight behind the principal and says that she does not earn enough for what she has done for the community.

When she signed the school over to the department she had not read the contract because it was in English, she hadn't realised that she had signed everything over to the department and all her hard work had amounted to only five years worth of pension.

The school had initially been designated as a private or independent school but was a far cry from a Curros and Reddam Houses.

"It was a community school," she stresses, adding that fees were not charged, children were fed for free, and that volunteer teachers worked for a pittance for the good of the children.

The school relied on donations and handouts from kindhearted people. Many of the teachers were not qualified but had tried to work towards teaching qualifications.

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The department claims that Dlamsha did not make adequate provisions for her pension and as such only qualified for the five years. Officials are in the process of trying to resolve the issue.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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