The scholars at Kaapmuiden School can look forward to playing barefoot on the rugby and netball fields once again, thanks to TRAC and the Lowveld and Escarpment Fire Protection Association (LEFPA).
The school fields were invaded by Alternanthera pungens (commonly known as Paper Thorns) early this year preventing learners from enjoying much needed, and loved, sporting activities. For the children of this school, situated in one of the hottest areas of the Lowveld wearing shoes is unbearable and not an option in scorching heat. So when the pesky thorns invaded their playing field the kids, and school staff, faced a major dilemma.
|The school approached TRAC for assistance and we contracted LEFPA to eradicate the troublesome weeds. The thorns were dug out by Lefpa teams after which the sports fields were treated with a special chemical which prevents regrowth.
LEFPA is a volunteer organisation with 515 members. As the largest FPA in the country, LEFPA deals with all aspects of Detection, Prevention, Supression, Rehabilitation and Awareness and form part of the Provincial Umbrella Fire Protection Association (MUFPA – Mpumalanga Umbrella Fire Protection Association).
This is one of the numerous project TRAC is conducting for and with Kaapmuiden School. We are also building additional classrooms at this institution and we’re running a Literacy Boost Program which encourages children to read. The latter aims at improving the literacy skills of 180 foundation phase learners at the school and also consists of teacher support, school book banks and community driven reading camps.