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Learners’ safety prioritised

To kick off Transport Month, two scholar train carriages have been added at the Metrorail train station, these carriages will provide safety for learners travelling between East London and Berlin both in the morning and afternoon.

The Scholar Train Carriages were launched on Tuesday 13 Ocotber at the Orient Theatre by the provincial Department for Transport, Safety and Liaison together with Buffalo City Metro.

Speaking at the event the Deputy Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, “The two carriages consist of a mobile library, a television and an educator who will be on board the train to assist learners with their homework.”

He also added that he is pleased with the fact that Metrorail has taken the initiative to lookout for the safety of the children. 

Speaking about the safety of the children Regional Manager for Passenger Rail Agency of South African (PRASA) Zovuyo Sokoko said, “We received complaints when speaking to the learners who sat in the same carriages as the adults. We realised the learners were being exposed to various activities which were affecting their safety.”

She also added that the new carriages will protect learners from alcohol which is being consumed by adults on the train.

Presenting at the Scholar Be Safe Train launch PRASA Executive Officer for Safety and Compliance Enos Ngutshana said, “The scholar train is set to create conditions which will make for learning for the learners more exciting, create employment opportunities for un employed teachers and security guards as well as working closely with school and stakeholders.”

Sinesipho Sayo a learner from Mdantsane said that he is very happy about the new coaches he also said that they will provide him and his peers with an opportunity to do their homework without any distractions.

Speaking about the purpose of the event MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison Weziwe Tikane said, “The train has a carrying capacity of 64 learners per coach.  There is high security in the coaches to ensure safety of the learners.”

She also mentioned some of the innovative projects which PRASA has committed to the Metro which are aimed at targeting the future of the country. One of the projects is the Halt Station which will be built near Walter Sisulu University at the Potsdam Campus.

“Education and skills development must stand at the centre of our efforts,” adds Tikane.

10:06 03 Dec 2015

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