Road Safety: Bhobhoyi Communities roll out self-help project

2011-11-15 00:00

COMMUNITY members of the Bhobhoyi communities of KwaNgwabe, ABC, Nobamba and KwaTatane have rolled out their own road safety plans to reduce accidents in their neighbourhoods.

Braving rain yesterday, the community members volunteered to man strategic points at pedestrian crossings near primary schools from 6 am.

As the media representatives arrived at the points ward 23 councillor Bheka Cele, street committee members and community members in red and yellow reflective bibs directed the flow of traffic and pupils.

Cele told reporters that they initiated the Bhobhoyi Vimbingozi Project to stop children getting killed on their way to school.

“Recently two children were knocked down by cars here when going to school. We said, ‘Let’s get up and carry out a preventive campaign’.

“We help the children to cross the road safely and we also advise the taxi drivers to park their cars properly and safely to avoid traffic congestion in the morning,” Cele said.

He asked pedestrians and motorists especially to lend their support to the initiative.

“We need to sustain it and we hope that in future we will enjoy a buy-in from both the local and the provincial government.

Cele said he hopes to attract sponsorship for the project.

“If we can get this project funded the volunteers will get paid a stipend to keep them doing this important community work.”

Local community safety committee member Bha Hlophe said road death toll is high in Bhobhoyi. He called on authorities to extend the road in KwaNgwabe area and to remove the cement barriers erected to divide the road, which narrows the carriageway and make it unsafe to overtake.

Hlophe was commenting on a recent crash that saw a bakkie full of pupils collide with a taxi ferrying passengers from Murchison to Port Shepstone.

In this collision one child died and scores of pupils and taxi passengers were injured.

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