LEPHALALE — The team members of Hoërskool Ellisras namely; Lerato Ditsela, Mmamote Kekana, Dikeledi Monyeki, Renata Tshelane and Boitumelo Tsolo, took part in an English presentation on 24 September in Polokwane at MJ Gateway Lodge for the Roads and Safety Participatory Education Technique Competition.
Ten teams participated in the competition, two teams from each district of Limpopo which were constructed of five learners. The team won R5 000, of which each learner received R1 000 for the second place they accomplished in the competition.
The presentation was all about how the roads of Lephalale could be made safer for the community members of the town.
The road which the Hoërskool Ellisras team focused on was the R177 Relebogile Road in Marapong Lephalale which passes through a housing settlement, a shopping centre and a school, making it unsafe because of the dense traffic, potholes and reckless driving, which were one of the many problems that the team identified of the road.
Suggestions that came from each team member in effort to implement and maintain the worthiness of the road were to construct road shoulders for the narrowness of the road which is the root cause of the traffic, to implement road signs alongside the road and to educate fellow community members about being road worthy. The community should be educated about the speed limit in housing settlements which is 60 km/h and by informing them of the dangers of reckless driving as well as teaching the importance of road worthiness and how it affects all road users such as pedestrians and drivers.
The team would like to thank Mr S Ramabale who was the educator that guided them in achieving a Second Place in the provincial competition securing that the team moves forward to the National Competition which will take place during the September school holidays.
The team also acknowledges Mr Maabe who was the traffic officer that assisted the team in their bidding efforts to convey their message amongst a panel of judges and by doing that achieving a milestone of success. We would also like to thank the community of the Waterberg district for their support, for without them the team would not have achieved such success and remember to Arrive Alive by following the rules of the Road.