BEKKERSDAL / WESTONARIA NON- MOTORISED TRANSPORT
SHOVA KALULA BICYCLE HANDOVER CEREMONY
The lives of 1500 learners in Westonaria Local Municipality area were changed for the better on 25, June 2015 when Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi accompanied by Westonaria Executive Mayor, Councilor Nonkoliso handed over bicycles to pupils who live more than 4 kilometers away from their respective schools.
The 1500 bicycles were given to learners from 13 schools in the area, each worth R2000. The pack is made up of a bicycle, a helmet, reflector and a pack of spanners. The project is a partnership between national, local and provincial government aimed at improving mobility of South Africans through promoting bicycle transport use by targeting users in most disadvantaged settings who currently have to walk long distances to get to schools, work or to access economic activities.
As I hand over 1500 bicycles to learners today, I have great pleasure in saying that these bicycles will help advance the cause of accessible transport,” Vadi said in a speech in front of beneficiaries, parents and teachers who attended the event.
MEC Vadi urged learners to make the best of the opportunity they have been given and make sure they arrive at school punctually so that they can obtain good marks at school.
The MEC said except providing easy access to school, the bicycles will help them keep fit as peddling to school is a form of healthy lifestyle and exercise. He encouraged beneficiaries to form cycling clubs.
Executive Mayor, Councilor Nonkoliso Tundzi said they are thankful for the assistance from Provincial government and said the schools count themselves lucky. “This shows a commitment on education as a societal issue not just for the Education department”, Tundzi said.
She also urged learners to take care of the bicycles for future use by others whilst also outlining the benefit to their health through peddling to school. “I am pleading with parents and relatives to stop abusing the bicycles”, Executive Mayor concludes.
Beneficiaries were also given road safety tip by the municipality.