On the 15th of December 2016 a Road safety campaign was held on the R23 Road Way Bridge. The campaighn was opened by Pastor Luphondo with a prayer. Alongside was MMC VT Malinga who was the MC for the day.
Government Dignitaries were introduced by Ms BP Mollo – MMC for technical services. Present on this day was:
Honorable State Minister of Security Mr David Mahlobo, Hounarable Ngomane MEC Community safety, security and liaison, District mayor Cllr M Chirwa, Executive Mayor Lekwa Local Municipality Cllr LBR Dhlamini, Executive HOD from DCSSL Mr Mthombothi, Councilors, Stakeholders from the Road Accident Fund, Taxi Industry, Pastor Luphondo, the Department of health, Lekwa CDW’s, Traffic officers, SANCO Secretary Zone, the Deputy Commissioner – SAPS and Community members.
Our Executive Mayor Cllr LBR Dhlamini welcomed the guests and gave a few words of encouragement to the community. In his speech he said that this day was to warn everyone about the dangers of the festive season especially regarding Road Safety. He emphasized that the messages that were given on that day are very important and that they may be passed on to others. He also said that it is important that everyone in the community works together in December to keep Lekwa Local Municipality safe at all times.
The HOD from the Department of Community, Safety, Security and Liaison also addressed the community with a few words. He said that the reason they were gathered there with the MEC is because of Road Safety and everything that creates problems in this regard.
The Road safety Ambassadors gave a few words as well and alongside was the renowned Ms Kedibone Mkhabela who has been working on a campaign to help prevent Road accidents. They also shared tips on how accidents can be prevented. The tips are as follows:
· Do not let small children drive
· If you have had a drink, ask a friend to drive
· Buckle up, wear a safety belt always
· Don’t drink and drive
· Don’t drink and walk
· Rest every two hours of your journey
· Better late than never
· Alert today, Alive tomorrow
The State Minister of Security Honorable David Mahlobo delivered the keynote address. “Many people die during holidays and through accidents. The government says that people should look at things from a different perspective. Some people do not respect the rules of the road. We must look after each other’s lives. Do not speed as speed isn’t right and that causes accidents. Most of the people that speed often use drugs and some do not even have driver’s licenses, yet go in the road and speed. Conditions of the car also causes accidents, overloading is also permitted. Pedestrians are also not careful when walking and crossing on roads.”
As community members it is important that we pray for the nation, Leaders, our youth and work together as a community with the departments.