Back-to-school road safety

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When travelling to school by car:

  • Always buckle up, ensure that children are secured in age-appropriate harnesses, and ensure that all other passengers are also buckled up.
  • Drive extra cautiously. There will be more child pedestrians on the road on their way to and from school during the school term.
  • Be patient and follow the rules of the road.

When walking with your children to school:

  • Ensure that children are visible.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk.
  • Cross the road at a designated crossing place, if possible.
  • Do not cross where visibility is poor, e.g., at a curve in the road.
  • Do not wear headphones or talk on your cell phone while crossing the road – rather pay full attention to traffic conditions.

Read more on children’s road safety on Safely Home’s website.

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When using public transport:

Whether you are travelling with or without your children, it is important that safety comes first when travelling by public transport.

  • If you are travelling with small children, make sure they are well supervised.
  • Board together with your children and keep them with you.
  • It is important for children, especially young children who might struggle to communicate, to be prepared for emergencies by carrying a means of identification, information about next of kin and their contact numbers, allergies, medical conditions, and medical fund details.

Read more on public transport passenger safety:

Watch: Teaching road safety habits in a safe environment

Prepare to learn

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The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) provides parents with some useful tips to get the term started off in the best way.

  • Make sure your child gets some exercise and enough sleep.
  • Provide a quiet study area with paper, pens, a ruler, pencils and a dictionary.
  • Ensure your child has exercise books and other relevant books in the first week of school.

Follow these tips to ensure that your child is academically and emotionally ready for school.

Planning your child’s future

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High school learners can now go back to executing their plans for the future which includes laying the groundwork for their careers.

We offer opportunities for those interested in a career in the built environment sector or related technical disciplines, including:

  • Property studies
  • Transport economics
  • Transportation engineering
  • Electrical and/or electronic engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Construction management
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Quantity surveying
  • Town/ city and regional planning

Students planning to study in one of these fields after matriculating can apply for a bursary by responding in time to our annual Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme advertisement.

Read more about the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme