On Friday, 1 February 2019, the country was shocked by the news of a walkway collapse at Hoërskool Driehoek in Vanderbijlpark as the children were leaving the morning assembly to go to their class rooms.
Three pupils: Roydon Olckers, Jandré Steyn and Marli Currie died at the scene, with a fourth, Marnus Nagel perishing from his injuries two days later. 20 children are still being treated in various hospitals around Gauteng for serious injuries. Two of these injured school girls, 14-year-old Shamoné Steynvaart and 17-year-old Milindi Weber sustained back injuries and are being treated in the Wilgers Hospital in Pretoria.
The Gauteng Education Department says MEC Panyaza Lesufi will visit the family of the fourth learner who died in the Hoerskool Driehoek tragedy.#DriehoekHighSchool #driehoek @EducationGP pic.twitter.com/TC3ILEbeyQ
— 1NationFM (@1nationfm) February 4, 2019
Representatives of the Hoërskool Waterkloof pupils and Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels visited the girls in hospital on 5 February 2019. Mili, a matriculant, is expected to make a full recovery, although she has to wear a back brace and has weeks of recovery ahead. Grade 9, Shamoné, is still in ICU and received the news that she would not be able to walk again. She has weeks of rehab ahead at another Pretoria facility before she and her family will be able to return to Vanderbijlpark. Her mom, Charmaine says as a family, their lives changed forever .
— Eyewitness News (@ewnupdates) February 3, 2019
Jacaramda FM’s Martin Bester and the team were broadcasting live from Hoërskool Waterkloof for the station’s #MySchoolRocks competion. This morning’s episode of Good Morning Angels focused on the Hoërskool Driehoek tragedy, chatting with Charmaine Steynvaart – mother of a 14-yearold learner who was involved in the Driehoek-incident and received the news yesterday that she would likely not walk again.
The team called on listeners for help and the response was bigger than they could ever have imagined.
R865 000 raised during the show for Hoërskool Driehoek and learners affected by the walkway collapse. In addition to that:
- Hoërskool Waterkloof raised R65 000 for the school
- Wimpy South Africa called in and donated another R100K
- A listener, who would like to remain anonymous, donated R500K to the school and a further R200K to the family of Shamoné Steynvaart
A HUGE shoutout to all those who went the extra mile; a true case of hope in the wake of tragedy.
We cannot believe this! When South Africa stand together, heartwarming things happen! R875 000 goes towards the Hoërskool Driehoek tragedy on @JacaBreakfast with @MartinBester. pic.twitter.com/lyykCwVgNz
— JacaBreakfast (@JacaBreakfast) February 6, 2019
— Jacaranda FM (@jacarandafm) February 6, 2019
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP:
To help the families affected by the Hoërskool Driehoek tragedy, please make a donation to the Good Morning Angels Fund. Use the reference #MySchoolRocks with your payment.
Account Name: JACFM GMA
Branch Code: 255005