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Successful pilot project enables children to use roads safely and improve life skills

Children showcasing their artworks, songs and dramas

Children showcasing their artworks, songs and dramas.

31 August 2012 - In early 2012, Trans African Concessions (TRAC), the company responsible for the operation and management of the N4 toll route between the Solomon Mahlangu (formerly Hans Strijdom) off-ramp in Pretoria (Tshwane) and the Port of Maputo in Mozambique, responded to country-wide road accident statistics by resolving to improve pedestrian safety along this route.

More than six months have passed since the inception of TRAC’s first Community Pedestrian Safety Pilot Project (CPSPP) where Aurecon was appointed to undertake the project design, management and community consultation services. Aurecon also provided funding towards the project implementation within the community as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative. Click here to read more about the project.

“Through the collaboration between TRAC and Aurecon, this highly successful community pedestrian safety project recently reached the final stage of its three phase programme,” explains Aurecon Project Manager, Melissa Groenewald.

The final evaluation phase of the project saw, amongst others, the work of the Community Pedestrian Officers resonating through the creative works of learners from the three schools involved in the project namely the Clivia and Riverside Primary Schools and the Entabamhlope Combined School. These works portrayed the road safety message that was instilled into the learners whilst also encouraging them to write and perform songs and dramas on the same topic. 

On Thursday, 19 July 2012, all the learners’ works were judged and the top three contributions from each school and in each category were given the opportunity to showcase and perform their artworks, songs and dramas at an award ceremony, with attendees including Groenewald, TRAC chief executive officer Author Coy and corporate affairs manager Anita Heyl, held the next day.

The winners were awarded certificates and shopping vouchers, while the rest of the students each received TRAC t-shirts, sponsored by Aurecon, certificates and snacks.

“All the hard work and dedication was evident in the depth of creativity on display. Through these demonstrations, it became clear that the learners realised what they had learned during the past six months would benefit them in future in their everyday lives,” says Groenewald.

Coupled to the above, Heyl concludes that “although the project is primarily aimed at the improvement of pedestrian safety, basic life skills were also taught. The aim was to help learners make safer choices in general”.

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