Safe short cut for learners

2019-07-30 06:00
The crossing will not only help learners but also the residents.

The crossing will not only help learners but also the residents.

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Mayco member for transport, Felicity Purchase, activated a new pedestrian crossing before learners arrived for school on Thursday 18 July.

She said it gave her great pleasure to activate the pedestrian crossing in Tafelsig on Mandela’s birthday as it focuses on two of his passions – children and education.

The crossing will not only help learners to conveniently access a way to the Tafelsig Primary School, children will also be able to cross over to the play park.

“It was a great privilege demonstrating to learners how to use the pedestrian push buttons and to wait for the green signal before crossing the road,” she said.

According to Purchase, having that pedestrian crossing along AZ Berman Drive will not only help the children cross the road safely, but will also make it easier for parents who sometimes have to multi-task by holding children’s hands, and pushing prams.

According to the statement, the City of Cape Town invested approximately R1m in the signalisation project.

“The transport directorate applied new road markings and installed road traffic signs, as well as vehicle detection using camera technology and audio-tactile pedestrian push buttons to improve the safety and convenience of crossing AZ Berman Drive,” she says.

Purchase added that the signalisation speaks to Mandela’s sentiments about creating a better world for children.

“Tata once said ‘education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’, and as a caring City we are changing the children’s world, one area at a time. What better way to do so by ensuring that learners get to their well of knowledge and learning safely,” she said.

Purchase also urged motorists to adhere to the traffic signal and allow the little ones to cross the road without fear.

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