Campaign held for road safety

2016-11-30 06:01
Roderick West from Anglo American shares Sishen Mine’s Code Orange Safety Campaign with road user Eugene Gaoagwe. Photo: Supplied

Roderick West from Anglo American shares Sishen Mine’s Code Orange Safety Campaign with road user Eugene Gaoagwe. Photo: Supplied

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Traffic law violations have proven to be prevalent in Kathu.

The most prominent violations include speeding, driving an unroadworthy vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving unlicensed vehicles.

A road safety campaign was conducted during the week of 7 to 11 November by Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen Mine, in partnership with various stakeholders in the Gamagara area.

Stakeholders included the Gamagara Local Municipality, the Northern Cape Department of Health, the South African Police Service, Rural Metro Fire Rescue and Aerocare.

According to a statement of Anglo American, the shared objective of the campaign was to create awareness about the importance of road safety, as well as to make the roads of Kathu safer, especially as the festive season draws near.

In that week, a road block was conducted at different locations on a daily basis, with an additional night road block on the Friday evening.

This resulted in just over 200 written violations being issued to road users, while flyers on road safety tips were issued in an effort of creating awareness.

This campaign coincided with Sishen Mine’s Code Orange safety campaign, which offered the opportunity to convey two important messages from the mine to community members. The messages are “Be alert and cautious this festive season” and “Choose the safe way whatever you do or wherever you are during the holidays”.

Sydney Ntili, Social Economic Development Specialist of Sishen Mine and coordinator of the initiative, promised that they would have more such initiatives in the future.

“To have a safer living environment, a joint effort of all stakeholders is required,” concluded Ntili.

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