The Minister of Transport Ms. Dipuo Peters, will hand over a Torch of Peace to the Minister of Basic Education Ms. Angie Motshekga at Tetlanyo High School in Kimberley, Northern Cape, in support of the Education Department’s “Safer Schools” campaign aimed at promoting safety in schools on Friday, 15 January 2016.
Ms. Peters will also use the day to address scholar transport issues.
Through the symbolic Torch of Peace the Ministry of Transport seeks to emphasise the importance of partnership with the Department of Basic Education from the perspective of road safety.
The Torch of Peace was handed over to the Transport Department for the Festive Season Road Safety campaign in December 2015 by the Department of Women. The torch for the department is a symbolic gesture of goodwill and light that uplifts all our efforts in making our roads safe during the busiest season.
For the Department of Women the Torch of Peace has become a symbol of our country’s national campaign to combat violence against women and children for the “16 Days campaign for No Violence Against Women and Children”.
Both the Ministers of Transport and Basic Education will be joined by the Northern Cape’s MEC for Transport Safety and Liaison Ms. Martha Bartlett who is also the Acting MEC for the Department of Education along with 400 hundred learners from various schools in Galeshewe.
There will also be exhibitions focusing on Road Safety Education and opportunities in the transport sector for learners which the previously disadvantaged learners did not have access to before democracy in South Africa.