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Prayer for N1 fatalities

By: Maano Nekhavhambe

Transport Minister Honourable Dr Blade Nzimande accompanied by the Limpopo Province Premier Stanley Chupu Mathabatha have officially launched the Road Safety Campaign at Modimolle’s Ephraim Mogale stadium, Waterberg District on Sunday, 18 November 2018.

The launch coincided with the 14th edition of the annual two-day Road Safety Summit in conjunction with the United Nations World Day of Remembrance (WRD) for victims of road crashes which was held at the Bolivia lodge in Polokwane at the weekend of 17 November.


Part of the activities ahead of the launch included the prayer sessions and laying of wreaths by various dignitaries and the families of deceased victims, on the N1 between Kranskop and Nyl Plaza where the fatal multi-vehicle accidents which saw 27 lives being lost two months ago happened.

As part of the official launch, Dr Nzimande and Mathabatha also participated in law enforcement operations being led by the National Traffic Police at a Multidisciplinary road block on the N1 outside Modimolle and it was confirmed that one Motorist was arrested at the spot for driving at an abnormal speed of 216km/h.

Dr Nzimande said the National Department of Transport have already put the projects on the pipeline to move people from the roads to rail as well as freight as a precautionary measures for road fatalities.

The Minister is also frazzled by the fact that the N1 road between Kranskop and Nyl Plaza will not be able to carry the traffic congestions with more vehicles in the next decade. He further stressed that these might lead to government providing more coffins to bury people who would die on the road if they do not act immediately.

“We must do everything we can to ensure safety on our roads. As far as I’m concerned, I think it will be best for us as government to put our money where our mouths are. We must build a railway line for our people in the country. Especially the link between Gauteng and Limpopo provinces. ” Said Dr Nzimande

By implementing the rail project as stated by the minister, it will reduce unnecessary fatal accidents on the busy N1 road, improve tourism attractions whilst creating jobs for the people of Limpopo at the same time.

Nzimande also said that we must not only focus solely on the deceased but we must also support those who survived the accidents but having severe disabilities due to that. “We must commit ourselves to work with people with disabilities. We must love and support them on their recovery journeys.” The Minister emphasised.

Meanwhile, two unnamed women and one gentlemen who suffered from severe injuries as a result of the recent accidents were recipients of the Limpopo Province Premier’s Bursary to further their studies.

Mathabatha said their injuries must not deprive them from pursuing their educations and dreams