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MT&C Bulletin November
15/11/11
Honorable Minister Molefi Launches Kazungula Ferry
Kazungula Ferry

Kazungula Ferry to stimulate economic and employment growth , Kasane.

The newly appointed Minister of Transport and Communications Hon. Nonofo Molefhi officially launched the Kazungula ferry on the 4th November. The ferry will serve as an alternative to help reduce vehicle operating costs, vehicle detention times and alleviate the capacity limitations that are currently being experienced at the Kazungula Border Crossing pending the completion of the construction of Kazungula Bridge. The Government foresees potential increase in VAT revenues flowing from increased regional economic activity. This has been a very welcome development by residents of Kasane, citing that it will help boost business activity in the area.  

Safe Cycling-My Responsibility , Jwaneng

It has surfaced that cyclists are the most road users. The Department of Road Transport and Safety and Jwaneng Road Safety committee endeavour to promote road safety, held a safe cycling campaign in Jwaneng on the 29th of October under the theme, “SAFE CYCLING –MY RESPONSIBILITY”. The theme challenged individuals to take responsibility for their behaviours when using the road. There were over 100 cyclists who travelled 22km around different roads of Jwaneng demonstrating safer ways of cycling. In his key note address, Dr T. Molefe from Jwaneng Cycling Club said that of the 18, 978 road accidents recorded in 2010, 32 of them were caused by cyclists.

Youth! Own the Risk NOT the Blackout, Gaborone

This was the theme for the Road Safety Youth Festival held on the 22nd October 2011 at Tsholofelo Park in Gaborone.  The festival which was organized by the Gaborone District Road Safety Committee was the first of its kind and proved to be a great success.  The aim of the festival was to sensitize as well to educate especially the youth on road safety matters, according to statistics, they are the most affected by this scourge.   The day’s event preceded with processions from the south and the north of the city ending at the park where the public and stakeholders gathered.

Road Safety Debates-stimulates knowledge, Gaborone

The Senior Secondary School second preliminary road safety debates were held from the 21st- 23rd October at Masunga P. School. The schools debated the following motions -ROUND 1:  “This house believes that alcohol & drug abuse are the major causes of road accidents” and the final round debated the motion;” This house believes that gender differences lead to large variations in road safety problems”. Mater Spei and Masunga Senior schools participated in the tournament while Mc-Connell, Francistown Senior and Shashe Senior did not pitch up due unforeseen circumstance. The tournament started with training, a demonstration debate by the invited adjudicators which was then followed by two rounds of debates. Mater Spei emerged as the overall winner of the tournament.

Safe  Scholar Crossings to help curb road accidents, Maun

The Department of Road Transport and Safety launched Safe Scholar Crossings in Maun on 27th October 2011. The program is developed to address traffic crashes amongst vulnerable road users such as children. The program targets young road users aged between 5 and 14 years. Child pedestrians require a range of fundamental skills in order to interact safely with traffic. They must also learn to deploy these skills strategically at the roadside hence the introduction of Safe Scholar Crossings which provides the opportunity for this process to take place. It is believed that the skills they gain and learn from this exercise will help them cope and interact well with traffic. The program will be rolled to other District countrywide in the next financial year.

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