VAAL TRIANGLE - The Gauteng Department of Education says it has notified parents via text messages yesterday that about 60 000 new placements are available for pupils. Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the information was sent to parents of pupils whose application statuses were "pending" on the system. He added the province's district and school admission staff have been summoned to resolve all outstanding placements. Lesufi urged parents to check their SMSes and emails, adding they could also log on to the online system and accept the offers that have been sent to them. On Twitter, he said that there are around 77 000 parents who have neither declined nor accepted their offers, so they are about to forfeit the places.