We need to create a safe society for children far beyond 16 day

The programme focuses on Grade 9 girl learners that we follow until Grade 12 from rural and township public schools in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, and Free State provinces. It has reached more than 1 300 girl learners from 137 public high schools.

“This has had a positive effect on the young girls in school, in their communities and their understanding of their role in the wider society,” says Podetti-Ngono.  

“However, it is time our young people feel safe and secure stepping outside of the basic-education premises to pursue their life-long role as Valued Citizens, so it is essential to work with government, law firms, corporate, higher education institutions and NGO’s committed to render sustainable programmes instead of events.

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UNITING FOR SAFER ROADS

The Festive season is on our doorstep, and along with all the holiday excitement comes the anticipated high traffic volumes on various routes in and out of Gauteng.

In light of increased calls to escalate road safety and in a bid to curb fatalities on South Africa’s roads, Bakwena N1N4 has again partnered with Motus Corporation (Motus) and welcomes new vehicle sponsor, KIA Motors South Africa. The partnership with Motus starting in 2012, ensures visible policing during the peak holiday seasons.

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HOW TO STAY SAFE (AND SANE) THIS FESTIVE SEASON

Control your own environment (Mask, sanitiser and distancing)
Focus on the now – one thing at a time
Try to be patient with yourself and others
Find ways to show yourself love, kindness and compassion
Let your anxieties out – talking to friends and family about how you’re feeling so you’re all on the same page. Tell them:
You feel uncomfortable in crowded spaces
You might choose a spot furthest away from the crowd
“A simple conversation with each other to establish what can make everyone feel most comfortable is often all it takes. We need to balance our short term goals to feel connected and see those we love, with the long term goals of making sure we keep our loved ones alive to share many more years of celebrations,” concludes Scher.

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Get a grip on road safety this holiday season

It’s sobering information, but did you know that South Africa has one of the highest per capita road death rates in the world? And that over the last decade more than 15000 people have lost their lives on our roads during the busy year-end vacation season alone?

According to the Department of Transport, the number of fatal road crashes over the 2019/2020 festive season was just shy of 1400 and resulted in more than 1600 fatalities between 1 December 2019 and 15 January 2020.

While human factors (such as jaywalking, hit-and-runs and excessive speed) are the leading cause of traffic accidents, followed by environment factors such as road conditions, you can still adjust your behaviour and address the most important vehicle factors to reduce the likelihood of becoming a statistic over the holiday period.

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Summer safety tips for parents

The Child Gauge Report 2019 suggests that more than 8,000 children die every year as a result of injuries. About 5,000 of these are accidental or unintentional, with leading causes being road traffic injuries, burns and drownings. Globally, it is estimated that one million families lose a child to a preventable injury every year.

“Reducing the number of preventable accidents is therefore a healthcare priority that should be observed by all parents and caregivers, especially during the summer months,” says Karbanee.

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