Low­est fa­tal­i­ties recorded dur­ing fes­tive sea­son Univer­sity stu­dent wins free ac­com­mo­da­tion

The New Age (Free State) - - GAUTENG NEWS - TNA RE­PORTER news@the­newage.co.za ntombin@the­newage.co.za SHONISANI TSHIKALANGE shon­isanit@the­newage.co.za

THE city of Tsh­wane has recorded its low­est num­bers of fa­tal ac­ci­dents in Gaut­eng dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod – from the 244 deaths recorded na­tion­ally.

The high­est to record fa­tal­i­ties was Jo­han­nes­burg at 105, Ekurhu­leni 85 and Tsh­wane 67. Tsh­wane mayor Solly Msi­manga said the ini­tia­tive, led by the Tsh­wane Metro Po­lice Depart­ment (TMPD), South African Po­lice Ser­vice (SAPS), Gau­train and Road Traf­fic Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, strength­ened re­source util­i­sa­tion and in­te­grated law en­force­ment in­ter­ven­tions.

“Our roads should not be death traps for users but en­ablers for eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties within the city. In­vest­ment in ser­vice de­liv­ery in­fra­struc­ture is there­for a valu­able re­source that needs to be main­tained and im­proved over time,” he said.

Routes iden­ti­fied as high-risk ac­ci­dent routes dur­ing the said pe­riod in­cluded the N1, N4 (east and west), R21, N14, Mabopane high­way (R80) and the Old Jo­han­nes­burg/Pre­to­ria Road (R101 north and south).

He said the TMPD raided three pri­vately owned ve­hi­cle test­ing cen­tres and ar­rested ten ve­hi­cle ex­am­in­ers on al­le­ga­tions of fraud­u­lently is­su­ing road­wor­thy cer­tifi­cates to ve­hi­cles that they never ex­am­ined.

“These ef­forts in­spired traf­fic of­fi­cers to act against of­fers of bribes by cor­rupt mo­torists. I wish to thank our men and women in uni­form for their ef­forts to make our roads user friendly,” he said.

He also thanked Hyundai Hat­field for the ve­hi­cles do­nated to the city.

“Those helped in our ef­forts in mak­ing Tsh­wane roads safer. I en­cour­age other stake­hold­ers to fol­low suite and adopt col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity in re­mak­ing the cap­i­tal city. This part­ner­ship is an ex­am­ple of what we can ac­com­plish when we rally to­gether,” he said. re­cent in­ter­est in Stem sub­jects has re­sulted in close to half of the se­nior classes – around 112 pupils per grade – now choos­ing phys­i­cal science as a ma­tric sub­ject.

“There will be more girls do­ing science and, ob­vi­ously, hav­ing ac­cess to a great fa­cil­ity en­cour­ages them to work hard,” Me­gom said. AS MANY stu­dents strug­gle to get ac­com­mo­da­tion at univer­sity, Lesedi Mo­hube, a fourth-year stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria, has won her­self free ac­com­mo­da­tion for a year.

The 22 year old who is study­ing speech lan­guage pathol­ogy is the lucky win­ner of a So­cial­izer 10 room for this aca­demic year, val­ued at more than R64 000 at Cam­pusKey.

“Staying at a res­i­dence that is both com­fort­able and of­fers ev­ery­thing you need un­der one roof is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing,” Mo­hube said. “I told my mother first that I was the lucky win­ner. She was a lit­tle puz­zled be­cause I hadn’t even told her I en­tered. Once it sunk in, she was pretty ex­cited.”

The So­cial­izer 10 is a fully fur­nished pri­vate bed­room which in­cludes a shower but stu­dents have a com­mu­nal kitchen.

MD of Cam­pusKey Leon How­ell said: “We’re de­lighted that Mo­hube was one of four win­ners in the Win Ac­com­mo­da­tion for a Year com­pe­ti­tion. We wel­come her to our Cam­pusKey com­mu­nity with open hearts and hope she en­joys a hugely suc­cess­ful and en­joy­able year with us.”

The prize also in­cludes un­capped Wi-Fi, monthly clean­ing of the shared ar­eas, laun­dry to­kens, wa­ter and elec­tric­ity, bio­met­ric ac­cess and safety first with all its se­cu­rity fea­tures.

Mo­hube who pre­vi­ously lived at Huis Ne­rina, a ladies res­i­dence at Tuks, said Cam­pusKey would play a ma­jor role in her suc­cess as a fi­nal-year stu­dent.

FA­TAL­I­TIES DOWN: The city of Tsh­wane recorded the least ac­ci­dents.

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