The Transnet Foundation’s Container Assistance Programme portfolio has launched a campaign aimed at highlighting the dangers of rail and train crossings as well as getting some community buy-in on services offered at the Transnet Safety Center in Springs.
The event, held on the 17th of October in Gugulethu, an informal settlement in the East Rand included handing out brochures to the community’s motorists and pedestrians as well as level crossing awareness education to the learners of Paynevillle Primary School.
The colourful and fun safety day included participants from the Springs’ Traffic Department, the South Africa Police service and Transnet Freight Rail management and maintenance staff. Transnet’s Risk and Safety department, Transnet Foundation communications team, local media as well as Gugulethu’s community leaders were present to sensitize the public.
Ricky Maharaj, Senior Manager of SEID (formally known as CAP) said that his unit will continue leading the communities with similar campaigns which have been running every year from January to December since inception. He further said that plans to roll out such projects to new centers are underway and a site in Empangeni’s Thokoza has been identified.
‘’The future plan is to move from the current 3 centers to about 5-10 centers within the next 5 years and we are making steady progress thus far. Today we have reached our target audience and our message has received its intended purpose,’’ Ricky explained.
Different stakeholders are involved to offer a helping hand to the Transnet Springs center and the list is made up of social workers, SAPS and the Department of Home Affairs.