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The fes­tive sea­son is upon us. Peo­ple will be re­turn­ing home and there’ll be heavy traf­fic so I’d like to urge drivers to check the con­di­tion of their ve­hi­cles be­fore em­bark­ing on a jour­ney.

Drivers should also avoid driv­ing at high speeds. Don’t lose your tem­pers as road rage can cause un­nec­es­sary deaths – as a driver you must ex­er­cise pa­tience.

Pedes­tri­ans, es­pe­cially those who are drink­ing al­co­hol, must be cau­tious when cross­ing roads, and mo­torists mustn’t drink and drive. When you travel long dis­tances make sure you are well rested. Take turns with some­one when driv­ing.

Your safety and the safety of oth­ers lies on your shoul­ders as the driver. Don’t fool your­self – speed kills! AMOS TEBEILA, MOHLALETSE VIL­LAGE

Crim­i­nals know there’ll be huge amounts of cash be­ing shared by stokvel mem­bers and they’re ready to pounce on un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims.

I urge all so­cial groups to be vig­i­lant. Don’t carry large amounts of cash in pub­lic be­cause some­times the peo­ple who tip off crim­i­nals about your move­ments are your club mem­bers. It can’t be a co­in­ci­dence that crim­i­nals al­ways know where you are. There must be some­one feed­ing them the info.

In this tech­no­log­i­cal age stokvel mem­bers can ask their banks for an in­ter­net trans­fer of money to all mem­bers’ per­sonal ac­counts. This will elim­i­nate the pos­si­bil­ity of a rob­bery or mug­ging.

Please also stop shar­ing money in pub­lic places or in the homes where you hold your meet­ings. Have a safe fes­tive sea­son and al­ways stay alert. MALPHIA HONWANE, GOTTENBURG EMANYELETI

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