Robertson, Worcester next stop for WC 'walking bus' scholar safety project

A project that aims to create a safe and supervised route for learners to and from school is making its way to Robertson and Worcester.

The Walking Bus initiative helps children in the Western Cape get to school safely every day, with the commitment and involvement of the community.

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The initiative sees parents volunteering their time to help improve the safety of learners on their way to and from school by accompanying them on their route home.

The Walking Bus is supported by local councillors, Community Police Forum (CPFs), the South African Police Service(SAPS) and the City of Cape Town Law Enforcement.

Western Cape Minister of Community Safety Dan Plato has launched more than 50 Walking Bus initiatives in partnership with communities across the province since May 2016.

Plato spokesperson, Ewald Botha, explains that the initiative is not a replacement for any existing scholarly transport in rural communities.

The Walking Bus initiative aims to get the community more involved during the peak times when kids are travelling to and from school and to create a bigger sense of community.

Ewald Botha, Spokesperson for Dan Plato, Minister of Community Safety Western Cape Government

It builds on the concept of safety in numbers, as well as active parenting and active citizenry.

Ewald Botha, Spokesperson for Dan Plato, Minister of Community Safety Western Cape Government

Participating schools in Robertson include: Vergesig primary, Langeberg High and De Villiers primary.

In Worcester, the participating schools include: Avian Primary, Victoria Park Primary, River View Primary, GS Selen Primary, Vusisizwe Secondary, Alfred Stamper Primary, P.J.B. Cona Primary and Siyafuneka Primary.

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