Learners from S.H Nyalungu Primary School, from the age of 9 to 10 have created an impressive model of the Bushbuckridge CBD. The learners are suggesting that an overhead bridge should be built between the Bushbuckridge and the Twin City Shopping Centres to reduce accidents in the CBD, especially between the two shopping centres.
The 10 Grade 5 learners, namely; Keabetswe Dibakoane (10), Divine Manabile (10), Tsebo Mokoena (10), Pride Khoza (10), Lehlogonolo Lekhoane (10), Minkateko Nxumalo (10), Omphile Nonyane (10), Owami Maile (10), Phetolo Maphanga (9) and Tshego Sedibe are part of the Participatory Education Technics (PET) team and they did this under the guidance of their teacher, Mr Ntsie Komane.
Speaking to Bushbuckridge News, Komane said the idea transpired because they have learners who come from as far as Mountain View, Bambamantches, Boikhutso, Dwaarslop and Khanyisa. He said these learners cross the R40 and the R533 which become too busy during pension days and month-end.
“There is a lot of traffic congestion during those days, we even spoke to Mr Chiloane from the Traffic Department, who confirmed that more than 20 learners have previously been hit and killed by cars on these roads” said Komane.
He added that as a school, they are concerned about the safety of these learners hence they debated and suggested that an overhead bridge and a fence be erected along the road. Komane told Bushbuckridge News that there was a competition on the issue but it was strictly for high schools.
“We even gave these suggestions to the Department of Roads and Safety and they promised that they would call the learners to discuss the issues. I just wish that there could be a primary school competition dealing with the safety of learners because we have learners who are as young as 6, they walk to school so they are not safe” said Komane.
He appealed to the MEC of Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Mr Pat Ngomane to consider some of the primary schools on debating the issue and to help with scholar transport and to build an overhead bridge because they are losing a lot of learners.
When speaking about the project, one of the learners, Keabetswe Dibakoane said there are primary school learners who cross the busy R40 and the R533 road when coming to school every day hence the team is suggesting that an overhead bridge be built. Another learner, Tsebo Mokoena, Mentioned that the Bushbuckridge CBD attracts a lot of people from the nearby townships and villages during month-end and pension day. She said this causes a high concentration of pedestrians on the roads, which leads to accidents and fatalities.