Please note: On 30 May 2024, the eGazette website featured the word 'withdrawn' next to the notice concerned. At the time of writing, neither replacement regulations nor a departmental media statement had been issued. 

The Department of Basic Education has gazetted uniform minimum norms and standards for the infrastructure of all state-run schools. Immediately effective, they replace those applicable since November 2013.

Released in draft form in June 2022 for public comment, among other things the new standards prescribe deadlines by which:

  • existing school infrastructure should be fully compliant, and
  • plans for the construction of new schools as well as additions, alterations and improvements to existing school infrastructure should be revised to comply with what is now required.

The standards also impose timeframes within which ‘backlogs’ should be addressed.

Priority will be given to schools built entirely of mud, asbestos, wood or metal, as well as those without electricity, water, sanitation, electronic connectivity and perimeter fencing.

Published by SA Legal Academy Policy Watch

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