Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC, Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya and MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Nandi Ndalane handed over reflector belts to livestock farmers at Segopje village outside Turfloop Tuesday, 16 November 2021. The Road safety campaign aimed at reducing road carnage caused by stray animals was launched at Dzingidzingi Village in Mopani in June this year.
The belts were distributed to cattle and donkey farmers who rely on their livestock for survival. The reflectors will assist motorists to spot stray animals from a distance at night. Farmers were also urged to ensure that they keep their livestock away from the roads and lock them up at night.
MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Nandi Ndalane says Limpopo is one of the provinces with a high number of accidents involving stray animals on the roads. Capricorn district has recorded 49 accidents caused by stray animals in the past 12 months where one person was killed. Eighteen of the accidents were reported under Polokwane Municipality and eight of them happened on the R71 between Mamahule and Onvervag.
MEC for Transport and Community Safety Mavhungu Lerule-Rhamakhanya says this initiative will also assist with the reduction of fatal accidents in the coming festive season. Sekhukhune and Waterberg districts livestock farmers are expected to benefit from the programme since they also have a high number of accidents involving animals.