Transport dept donates bikes to schools

2012-03-29 16:11
Johannesburg - A total of 769 bicycles have been given to schools in the Thembisile Hani Municipality for use by pupils, the Mpumalanga transport department said on Thursday.

"It is very sad that a learner travels more than 3km to school and on arrival you find that the learners are tired and cannot focus in class," Transport MEC Dikeledi Mahlangu said.

"As government, we want to put an end to this suffering. We want you to arrive in school ready to study."

Mahlangu was addressing about 700 schoolchildren at the donation ceremony on Wednesday, her department said in a statement.

The bicycles were donated as part of the government's initiative to ensure that pupils arrived at school on time.

Mahlangu told the children and their parents that the bicycles were school property and not for personal use. She said when a child was no longer a pupil at the school, the bicycle would have to remain there.

"The bicycles are not meant for pleasure. We do not want to see learners racing with the bicycles after school hours," Mahlangu said.

"Parents must not use the bicycles as their transport mode and find that the learner is now walking to school again," she said.

The department also donated four animal-drawn carts to the community to transport water and wood. This was part of a nationwide project to address mobility within rural areas.

Read more on:    dikeledi mahlangu  |  mbombela  |  education  |  transport
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
22 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
What your phone can tell you about your car

Watch this video to find out what your phone can tell you about your car.

/News
 

Road Accident Fund: #Takecharge to make roads safer

Hot on the heels of its Easter meet the #FutureYou campaign, the Road Accident Fund (RAF) will once again take its road safety message to the public - Sponsored.

 

Stay safe

Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
First-aid kit: What you need in YOUR car
Hey, lazy! Get outta the disabled bay!
Yaris: Perfect car for back-seat babes
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a danger of going over the top in your enthusiasm to chase your goals. It may be difficult to moderate your urges. There...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.