1 July, 2016 – Just over a year since the first ever scholar patrol project was launched by the Minister of Public Works and Transport, project sponsors and overseers, the Sincephetelo Motor Vehicle Accidents Fund (SMVAF) have once again come to the fore where child road safety is concerned.
The Fund last year donated scholar patrol equipment and uniforms to seven schools along the Hhelehhele – Big Bend (MR8) road with the aim of reducing child related road accidents, consequently ensuring that all school going children get to cross the road safely and at the designated crossing areas. Due to the winter season currently engulfing the country, the Fund once again played a guardian role to the schools along the MR8 road, with each of the six (6) schools being donated with reflective jackets and bibs to curtail the patrollers and their supervisors from picking up sicknesses related to cold weather conditions to warrant a continued accident free scholar patrol exercise.
SMVAF Stakeholder Management Officer Dumisa Dlamini, said that the Fund came to the assistance of the schools because of their unremitting efforts displayed during the school term in effecting proper road safety best practices for their scholars. “Since the launch of the project we have witnessed your uninterrupted persistence in always waking up and diligently executing the scholar patrol for the safety of school going children. The patrollers are volunteers who have taken it upon themselves to be at the forefront of promoting proper road safety conduct amongst their peers so this gesture is to motivate the scholars to continue being advocates of proper road behaviour whilst also serving as a motivation for them not to give up,” he said.
Dlamini also thanked the Head Teachers of the schools together with the patrol supervisors who are teachers who volunteered their time, saying that they were doing a very important duty in educating scholars on road conduct. Nomanzi Gamedze, from St. Philomena Primary School, spoke on behalf of all the schools implementing the scholar patrol, highlighting that the new uniforms came at the right time as the temperatures were now very low but the children carried on with their task irrespective of the weather conditions. “We would like to thank the MVA Fund for the equipment and uniforms for us supervisors and our children whom we oversee. This is really a form of motivation for the scholars and we know that they will strive to carry on employing the project as they were taught to make sure that all scholars are safe when coming to school,” she said.