On November 6, the City of Johannesburg’s Department of Public Safety launched the Children Safety Campaign at Newclare Primary School in Westbury.
This coincides with local and international celebrations for Children’s Month during November.
The day started off with the MMC of Public Safety, Councillor Michael Sun, and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) conducting inspections of scholar transport safety and drivers’ legal compliance.
The programme was officially opened by the school’s principal, Mr. Derick Eastwood, who has been with the school for 37 years. The event was fun-filled and at the same time, educational, touching on all aspects of child afety, including road and pedestrian safety, water safety, personal violation awareness and drug awareness.
The Emergency Management Services mascot and the EMS Public Information Education and Relations team kept the children and teachers entertained with educational plays.
MMC Sun said, “It was important for us to return to Newclare after the shooting incident in July which left many children and residents traumatised. We are not only here to ensure that the community is kept safe, but also to recognise those members of the community who assisted the children during that difficult time. I personally want to thank these brave men and women for their active citizenry.”
School teachers Derek Eastwood, Rhoma Doubell, Tshepo Senekoane, Anita Williams and Councillors Mureeda Jadwat and Fatema Farred received Certificates of Appreciation for their active citizenry.
As part of the campaign, the teachers at Newclare Primary will take part in two days of basic firefighting and first aid training.
The Department of Public Safety will continue to present educational programmes at other schools to promote the safety and the well-being of the children of our city.