ROAD safety was prioritised at Emakhabeleni Primary School recently when the school was visited by a representative from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport who came to educate pupils on the rules of the road and how to keep themselves safe when going home or to school. The pupils were very attentive and actively participated throughout the presentation, which was extremely beneficial to all the pupils. The next day, the pupils were quizzed about the presentation by school principal Nkanyiso Zondi, to find out if they were paying attention, with Zondi saying he was impressed with the way the pupils answered his questions and saying they had more questions to ask. Zondi said that many lives are being lost on the roads every year and it is becoming crucial to teach children about road safety while they are still young. Zondi said he was grateful to the Department of Transport for the presentation that empowered his pupils. “They gave us pamphlets which were distributed to all the pupils at the school. The information will be beneficial to the pupils, even though our roads are not very busy, as it is always good for them to learn so that when they visit other areas they know what to do and how to cross the road. It was indeed empowering for the pupils and teachers as well,” Zondi said. The presentation is in line with Transport Month, which is observed in October of every year. October was declared Transport Month in 2005 during the Transport Lekgotla. It is used to raise awareness on the important role of transport in the economy and to encourage participation from civil society and business, including the provision of a safe and more affordable, accessible and reliable transport system in the country.During this month, the Department of Transport and its entities showcase transport infrastructure services in aviation, maritime, public transport and roads. This month is also used to further advance the country’s road safety initiatives, while also creating awareness of the economic benefits of the sector. — Supplied.