Blitz campaign launched in iLembe

2018-12-05 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedMEC Mthandeni Dlungwane engages motorists on road safety in Ndwedwe.

PHOTO: suppliedMEC Mthandeni Dlungwane engages motorists on road safety in Ndwedwe.

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ILEMBE District MEC for Education and OSS Champion Mthandeni Dlungwana led a road block and blitz campaign in Bhamshela as part of Transport Month Activation on Tuesday, November 20. He was accompanied by iLembe speaker Lucky Makhathini and Ndwedwe Mayor Vincent Chili.

The purpose of the blitz campaign is to raise awareness on the important role of transport in the economy and to encourage participation from civil society and business in the provision of a safe and more affordable, accessible, and reliable transport system in the country.

Law enforcement who were part of the campaign included the KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) and SAPS.

The programme started with a roadblock at road P721, then proceeded to Bhamshela town for a blitz.

During the road block, 58 vehicles were stopped, two were suspended for not being roadworthy, and two taxis without permits were stopped.

As the blitz was taking place, residents raised many issues, one of which was road P1523 and a taxi rank in Bhamshela, which they said will be attended to next week.

Ndwedwe mayor Chili said the municipality will continue to work for their residents and he appealed to government departments to attend forums meant for service delivery.

“The South African government hereby appeals to the roads users to obey the rules to minimise the death toll, not because it is Transport Month but it must be daily routine,” said Chili.

Speaker of iLembe District Municipality Makhathini, in his closing remarks, thanked the district champion for the achievements in the district and further asked department officials to co-operate with local municipalities to avoid unnecessary protest in the communities.

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