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Pupils debate road safety

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The annual event aims to empower pupils to become safer road users and ambassadors in their communities

File image. Picture: AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File

FIFTY pupils from various schools across the Northern Cape participated in the Provincial Road Safety Debates Competition in Upington over the weekend.

The annual event aims to empower pupils to become safer road users and ambassadors in their communities, who make informed decisions on the road.

“The debates, comprising of urban and rural categories, commenced in the five districts, where early elimination rounds saw pupils from various schools forming teams to represent their districts in the provincial leg of the debates,” spokesperson for the Northern Cape Department of Transport, Keitumetse Moticoe, explained yesterday.

“During this weekend’s round, the best speakers in each category were selected as the cream of the crop to form the 2017 Provincial Road Safety Debate Teams to represent the Province at the National Debate.”

Debating the safety of using a cellphone, with or without a hands-free device, while driving, Rethabile Mokoki (Frances Baard), Nasira Lemmetjies (Frances Baard), Ogiya Madyo (Pixley ka Seme), Uman Mxaxa (Pixley ka Seme) and Richardene Frolick (Pixley ka Seme) qualified to represent the Province in the Urban Category in the national competition.

The Northern Cape’s Rural team will consist of Boikanyo Bacan (John Taolo Gaetsewe), Luthando Pieta (ZF Mgcawu), Boingotlo Moremi (Frances Baard), Mihle Tyindi (Pixley ka Seme) and Cornice Olyn (Pixley ka Seme), who examined the topic: “South Africa is on course to achieve the sustainable development goal to reduce road crashes by 50 percent by 2020”.

The national event will take place in Rustenburg next month.