JANE FURSE – In a move to ensure reduction of road accidents in Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM), Executive Mayor Stan Ramaila launched the Festive Season Road Safety and Awareness Campaign in Jane Furse, Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality on Wednesday.
The Executive Mayor, accompanied by Executive Committee members, traffic officials and SAPS distributed road safety pamphlets, discs and other paraphernalia at the Jane Furse Taxi Rank precinct to drivers.
Ramaila then went to Mamone Road, metres away from Jane Furse Crossing, where he continued to distribute the material to motorists during a mini-roadblock there led by traffic officers under the command of Chief Traffic Officer, Tlhadishi Lentsoane.
At the mini-roadblock, the Executive Mayor and Minah Bahula, Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality Mayor pleaded with motorists to drive safely and always obey rules of the road.
SDM Traffic and Safety Director, Elmon Mokone said there was a need for closely knitted working relations among all relevant stakeholders to ensure reduction of accidents this festive season.
Mokone advised that it was not only the responsibility of traffic officers to attain heightened road safety environment, but all needed to heed the call and get involved.
Dichoeung born Mosengoa Matlala (18), National Road Safety Ambassador, said the message that needed to be conveyed was ‘let’s safe lives and move South Africa forward’.
Matlala said to achieve that people needed to equip themselves with road safety education, adhere to rules of the road and serve as examples to those without such knowledge.
In his keynote address, Ramaila called for the need to ensure safety for both motorists and pedestrians at all times.
The Executive Mayor further called for livestock owners to take care of their animals and ensure they did not become astray on road, causing accidents.
“We have distributed flags herdsmen and reflector belts for livestock to owners so that they are visible on the road to avoid unnecessary accidents.
Ramaila said the reason they decided to host the Festive Season Road Safety Awareness campaign in Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality was informed by that the area had more speed humps than the other local three local municipalities in the district.
“The many speed humps here are a clear indication that more pedestrians are becoming victims of accidents in this area. We are calling on people not to be on the roads under the influence of alcohol,” added Ramaila.
He pleaded with taxi owners to pay their drivers well so that they moved away from driving at high speed in an attempt to make themselves more money.
“Let us fight the use of drugs, nyaope in our communities. Let us target the producers of nyaope because they are killing the future of our district. Let us take responsibility and fight anything that causes loss of lives in the district,” concluded Ramaila.