South Africans, let’s take it easy!!

2014-12-11 06:08

We are in a long festive holiday mood, ‘bare ke December bosso…’ But then what? We are saying take it easy, easy fella. We are still going to have lot of these holidays in the future. So don’t rush, keep the lane you are used to, and don’t be tjatjarag. Otherwise we will force you to sit down!! Take it easy.

From the old and young, it is time to take break from busy schedules, being from work, school or the hustles we were engaging on during the course of year. We need to reset, recharge in preparation for New Year, with new hopes and determination. It is time to enjoy the break with our family and friends. But in the midst of this excitement, as a country we will be losing the souls, our family and friends from different acts.

Road accidents are our nightmare during this time of year, every year there are reports of increased number of fatalities on our roads. In 2012 there were 1230 fatal crashes reported by Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC). Majority of these souls would have been saved because most of the main causes are ‘man –made’ which are mainly speeding and driving under influence of alcohol. It is with sadness that every year government and other structures sing and plead with us to take it easy on the roads. It starts with me and you at individual level to ensure that we are safe on the roads; this is serious dilemma in our communities.

Each year global deaths, loss of souls, caused by use of alcohol amount to 2.5 million, according to World Health Organization (WHO) 2011 report on Alcohol and Health. The very same report indicated that South Africa ranks highest in terms of Per Capita alcohol consumption well above the African Regional average and those who drinks, does so excessively. Let’s drink responsibility, and drive safe!! Let’s take it easy fellas.

HIV/AIDS statistics are disturbing in our country. Fellas remember without condoms, those ‘underwears’ of different kinds and sizes should remain intact, and they should remain at their right positions at all times. We don’t want unwanted pregnancies and STDs. Take it easy!!

The use of drugs is on the raise, the ‘nyaopes’ of this world are controlling youth in our townships and rural areas. Given excitement which comes with festive season, we urge parents/guardians to make sure they know who and where their children are going and doing at this time of this year, because temptations are galore.

The bad news is that violent and property crimes tend to increase substantially too during the festive season when compared with the rest of the year. And given the series of mall robberies recently, one wish to see visible police forces to ensure we are safe when we are at the malls. Again Netcare 911 report to receive more calls relating to drowning and water related emergency incidents during this time of the year. So fellas, be cautious, take it easy.

Most importantly, don’t spend it all, children will still need school uniforms, money for transport and etc. South African, Year 2015 is waiting for us. Let’s keep the lanes we are used to, don’t do what you are not used to. Have great and fantastic festive season. Ke December Bosso!! Take is easy, easy fellas!!

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