Concerned Ngwele Road Users
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We are in desperate need of getting speed humps or traffic calming measures put in place near the entrance to 111 Ngwele Road, Hillcrest, KZN - Focus on iThemba campus.
We have 3 schools (Waterfall Pre-Primary, Waterfall Preparatory and Waterfall College) situated on the Focus on iThemba campus which is zoned for educational use. For the past 7 years Waterfall College and Focus on iThemba have made numerous appeals and sent applications to the municipality and Department of Transport to build speed humps, and provide further safety measures on Ngwele Road to ensure the safety of all who enter the iThemba Campus and sadly this has fallen on deaf ears! We are appealing for speed humps/traffic calming measures be put down, as this will alleviate any future accidents happening at the entrance as parents and office workers are slowing down to turn into the campus. We do have on average 350 vehicles turning into this campus on a daily basis, twice a day. Vehicles do unfortunately speed along this road and would hate to see a major accident happen! I am under the belief that it is a general practice to build speed humps outside schools.
Following our numerous requests to have traffic calming measure put in place, I am saddened to report that two years ago a child was knocked over and killed at the entrance to the campus and, again the inevitable has unfortunately happened!!!
An accident occurred on the morning of 06 March 2017 at 07h00 outside the iThemba campus – 111 Ngwele Road.
My understanding is that a Ford hatchback was travelling from the Waterfall side and had indicated to turn right into the campus and a red taxi travelling behind lost control of his vehicle, with school children in it, and smashed into the Ford. Two vehicles were involved and at least 17 people were injured, of which 16 were school children one from our schools!!!
Following this incident, a zebra crossing was painted on the road outside the campus, which we are grateful for, however, this sadly does not slow the traffic down.
Until such measures are enforced these accidents are going to keep happening on a regular basis, as this road has become extremely busy and regrettably cars, taxis, buses and trucks speed along this road.
It is Very concerning that countless emails/proposals are sent out before such measures are put in place and families’ safety is put at risk on a daily basis!!
Thank you for your time.
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