NPO hosts road safety campaign at school

2019-10-23 06:01
Mountain Rise Primary School Principal Vasu Soobrayan (left) and founder of Eyentuthuko Foundation, Thembisile Khuzwayo.

Mountain Rise Primary School Principal Vasu Soobrayan (left) and founder of Eyentuthuko Foundation, Thembisile Khuzwayo.

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KWAPATA non-profit organisation Eyentuthuko Foundation hosted a Transport Month Awareness campaign at Mountain Rise Primary School on Monday.

The event, organised by founder of Eyentuthuko and member of the school governing body (SGB) Thembisile Khuzwayo, was aimed at raising awareness about road safety among pupils.

The event was held in collaboration with Msunduzi’s traffic department.

Senior traffic officer Dijendra Rajcoomar presented a talk to the pupils on the rules of the road, safe crossings and more.

Rajcoomar also played the “green light/ red light” game with the pupils.

“Stop says the red light, go says the green light and be careful of the orange light. Stop, look, and cross. Pay attention and listen. Don’t run when crossing, always use pavements and pedestrian crossings,” said Rajcoomar.

He also emphasised the need for pupils to tell their parents to stop texting and calling while driving and to be careful when crossing the road after being dropped off.

Mountain Rise Primary School Principal Vasu Soobrayan welcomed the awareness campaign at the school, saying the timing was perfect because a pupil was knocked by a car outside the school recently.

“We are thankful to Thembisile Khuzwayo, who is not only a parent to a pupil in the school but also a member of the SGB.

The school is situated around busy roads, which does not make it any easier for pupils who walk to school,” said Soobrayan, who added that it is also dangerous where public transport drops off the pupils, which is why they need to be educated about the rules of the road and safe crossings.

At the campaign there was also a question and answer question session to check whether the pupils understood what was presented.

During Transport Month, the Department of Transport and its entities showcase transport infrastructure services in public transport, roads, aviation and maritime while using the month to create awareness on road safety initiatives.

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