Lowest fatalities recorded during festive season University student wins free accommodation
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.