Cargo Carriers and Ezethu Logistics, a subsidiary of the leading South African transport logistics and supply-chain specialist, continue to support initiatives geared at raising safety awareness.
Among them are programmes that are aimed specifically at safeguarding South Africa’s youth. This demographic grouping remains extremely vulnerable, especially in terms of road accidents and drownings, which claim the lives of many South Africans under the age of 15 every year.
An example of Cargo Carriers’ commitment to making the country safer for South African children is its ongoing collaboration with Active Education (AE).
AE has been appointed by the Department of Basic Education to provide a Scholar Road Safety Education to all public schools.
Conducted during school time, the unique roadshow communicates safety to children in a fun and conversational manner.
Learners are introduced to the department’s 10 basic principles for road safety and, in so doing, aligning the instruction with the national school syllabus. This is in addition to the important training that the learners receive in the basics of water safety.
They are also familiarised with reflective sashes. These walking “seatbelts” are worn every day as official components of school uniforms to significantly improve visibility on the roads.
Notably, AE also works closely with teachers throughout the sessions to ensure maximum success in conveying concepts to the students.
AE visited 15 schools in Sasolburg and Vanderbijlpark on behalf of Cargo Carriers reaching a total number of 14 751, while Ezethu Logistics supported the programme in the Eastern Cape, where it reached more than 3 700 learners at schools in Port Elizabeth and Queenstown.
Road and water safety require urgent attention at a global level. Considering the sheer extent and complexity of the challenge in South Africa, it is vital that the private sector partner government agencies to ensure a co-ordinated and effective means of changing behaviour.
Certainly, Cargo Carriers and Ezethu Logistics are proud to be playing their part in educating and preparing the country’s youth.