Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani on Wednesday launched the 2022/23 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign.

The event took place in Mankweng Unit F, Kaizer Sports Ground along road R71 under the Polokwane Municipality.

The Festive Season Road Safety Campaign is a multi disciplinary undertaking geared towards heightening awareness of road safety issues. Also, for reduction of crashes, fatalities and serious injuries throughout the festive period.

MEC Radzilani inspect roadblock on R71 Road
MEC Radzilani inspect roadblock on R71 Road

It was attended by amongst others, representatives of various Tribal Authorities, South African Council of Churches. The delegation from the Zion Christian Church representing the Right Reverend Bishop Dr Barnabas Lekganyane and the Leadership of various Taxi Associations.

MEC FESTIVE SEASON CAMPAIGN

“We have decided to bring this Event here in Mankweng, because our records indicate that there is a great number of fatalities that are taking place on this part of the R 71 road. More than anywhere else in this Province,” said MEC Radzilani.

“Research shows that the R 71 road is the second most dangerous road, nationally, when it comes to pedestrians who are killed by motor vehicles. So, our launch of this programme targeting the people of Mankweng, Nobody, Mentz, Ga Makanye, Ga Mothapo, Ga Mothiba. Ga Molepo, Ga Mamabolo, Moremadi, Mamadimo and many other villages, is based on this research.

Show of Motorcade
Show of Motorcade

“The Limpopo Province is amongst the top 5 Provinces in the Country, with the highest number of fatalities. Together with KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Eastern Cape and the Western Cape. I know most of you might think that Road Safety Campaigns must be targeted towards Motorists. Because they are the ones who are always on the road,” she said.

“We have invited Pastors and Priests to this occasion, because we are well aware that this problem also requires divine intervention, in addition to our own wisdom. We therefore call upon members of the clergy and church leaders, to make Road Safety, a prayer item, in their churches.”

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