Unity College feels the dust

Construction vehicles use Runnymead Avenue to access Steyn City.


Fourways Review recently published an article about Steyn City’s use of Runnymead Avenue in Chartwell North Estates to allow construction vehicles to access phase 2 of Steyn City construction. As part of our coverage of the issue, the Fourways Review recently got comment from Bruce Lindsay, principal of Unity College, which is the special needs school located on the road.

This is what he had to say, “For me, the main concern is the health and safety of the children here. Firstly, because of the trucks [using the road so frequently], and because some of our children are not so aware of their surroundings, I worry that one of them could wander into the road and get hurt. The noise [of the trucks passing] is also a little disruptive, as they make our windows rattle and distract children from their classes.

“My second concern is health. Many of our children, especially those with Down Syndrome, suffer from health ailments like nasal problems, which can be made worse by the dust. Fortunately, none of our children have been forced to stay away from school due to health concerns.

Chartwell North Estates residents accuse Steyn City of unlawful construction procedures

“I do have to say to Steyn City’s credit, they have been using a water truck to dampen the ground a few times a day, which has really helped stop the dust from spreading. All I want is to see the issues resolved as soon as possible – and hopefully before the Unity College’s Community Day on 2 September, where we’ll be celebrating the school’s 27th birthday. Our senior phase learners will be running stalls as part of their business studies curriculum.”


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Robyn Kirk

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