CAM­PAIGN

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THE City of Joburg’s depart­ment of pub­lic safety launched a chil­dren’s safety cam­paign in part­ner­ship with the New­clare Pri­mary School in West­bury this week.

This co­in­cides with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional cel­e­bra­tions for Chil­dren’s Month through­out Novem­ber.

The day started off with the city’s mem­ber of the may­oral com­mit­tee for pub­lic safety, Michael Sun, to­gether with the Joburg Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Depart­ment (JMPD) con­duct­ing scholar trans­port safety in­spec­tions, as well as en­gag­ing driv­ers on le­gal com­pli­ance.

The pro­gramme was of­fi­cially opened by the school’s prin­ci­pal Der­ick East­wood who has been with the school for 37 years.

Sun said: “It was im­por­tant for us to re­turn to New­clare af­ter the shoot­ing in­ci­dent in July which left many chil­dren and res­i­dents trau­ma­tised. We were there not only to en­sure the com­mu­nity is kept safe, but also to recog­nise those mem­bers of the com­mu­nity need­ing as­sis­tance. I per­son­ally want to thank these brave men and women for their ac­tive cit­i­zenry.”

School teach­ers Derek Brain East­wood, Rhoma Doubell, Tshepo Senekoane, Anita Bev­er­ley Wil­liams and coun­cil­lors Mureeda Jad­wat and Fatema Farred re­ceived cer­tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their ac­tive cit­i­zenry.

As part of the cam­paign, the teach­ers at New­clare Pri­mary will take part in two days of ba­sic fire­fight­ing and first aid train­ing.

The depart­ment will con­tinue to roll-out ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes to other schools to pro­mote safety and the well­be­ing of the chil­dren of our city.

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