KZN calls for safe school transport

2015-02-03 19:52
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Pietermaritzburg - Education and transport department officials have less than two weeks to present a plan to make pupil transport safer, the KwaZulu-Natal government said on Tuesday.

"The executive resolved that the migration from bakkies to safer modes of transport must be implemented as a matter of urgency," spokesperson Thami Ngwenya said.

The executive resolved that the two departments would present policy proposals on the use of bakkies or light vehicles to carry children to schools.

This comes after various accidents in the province involving children.

On Wednesday, seven children were killed in Pietermaritzburg when their bakkie overturned and crashed into a house.

On Thursday, 22 children were injured in a bus accident in Umlazi, south of Durban. All were under the age of 13.

On Friday, eight children were injured when a car hit them outside their school in Reservoir Hills, Durban.

Two separate funerals were held on Sunday for the pupils of Fezukuhle Primary School in Imbali.

Ngwenya said transport safety was more difficult to monitor in rural areas.

Meanwhile, the KwaZulu-Natal government would continue holding the opening of the legislature and State of the Province address on separate days.

This was despite the criticism from some, including the SA Communist Party, that a two-day event would be costly.

"We have heard concerns in some quarters over this in the past, but our stance is that KZN is unique and this is why it has to be over two days," director general Nhlanhla Ngidi told reporters.

The opening is scheduled for 26 February, followed by the State of the Province address. Both will be held at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg.

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