Plett Feeling Safe road safety awareness 

Published: November 5th, 2014


Plett Tourism is proud to have supported the Bitou Traffic Department in a Plett “Feeling Safe” Road Safety Awareness Day – where Plett Tourism chairman, Peter Wallington, Plett Business Chamber chairman, Barries Ferreira, Councillor E Paulse and Councillor H Plaatjies judged the floats created by Plett schools & paraded down Main Street.”

Plett Tourism events co-ordinator Cindy Wilson-Trollip worked closely with the Bitou Traffic Department to make this event, the first of its kind, a reality for the children of The Crags Primary, Formosa Primary, Harkerville Primary Phakamisani Primary and Murray High School. School Projects Coordinator, Traffic Officer Danielle Petersen said, “The aim of the event is to educate the children about road safety while also having fun.”

After the cheerful procession, all roads led to the Plett Rugby Club where the panel of judges made their selection based on:

1. Application of the road theme,
2. Creativity,
3. Display of school name on float and mobility and
4. Overall appearance of float.

The Executive Mayor for Plettenberg Bay, The Honorable Memory Booysen opened the games and remarked, “Statistics have proven that more pedestrians are victims to road accidents than the drivers of vehicles. We need to educate our youngsters at a very early age to be very vigilant when making use of our public roads.”

Old fashioned games were led by Senior Office and main organizer Sean Ganga, who had the children running three-legged races, sack races, tossing eggs, apple bobbing and wheelbarrow racing.  Some of the teachers showed their inner child by participating in the games on the field, and the competitive spirit was evident as the children did their best to secure the Games Prize for their school.  Daantjie Kat was there to cheer them on and do the Daantjie Dance.  The entire Bitou Traffic Department (some in bear suits!) turned out to assist and marshal the festivities. 

The prize of R5000 for the best float went to The Crags Primary School and was accepted amidst much jubilation by Headmaster Mr Louw.  Not only did they build the best float, but their athletes won the Games and the whole team and teachers came forward to accept the R5 000 prize for the Games. Next year the schools will be back to challenge the winners of this year’s very successful event!

Plett Tourism, along with the Bitou Traffic Department, Island Diner and Emily Moon River Lodge, contributed to the total prizes of R10 000. This cheerful and fun event would have not been a success without the following generous sponsors: