Rustenburg – The North West Province has bagged the best speaker title in the National Road Safety Debate competition for a second year in a row. In 2022 the title was won under the rural category of the debate and in the 2023 Kismet Secondary School from Vryburg took the title under the urban category.

Kismet also came in second place in the same category. The Educator and Assistant Coach, Ms Wahnice Du Toit says it took much preparation, discipline and determination to get the team set for victory.

“It was a tough competition, the standard was very high and we delivered. As competitive as the debate was, we were determined to make a mark and represent not only the Naledi Local Municipality but the entire Province.

“The learners are still at a tender age and we are so proud of the ability they have displayed. This entire process challenged them to break barriers and work as a team to conquer,” said Du Toit.

In the rural category, Setilo Secondary School from Mareetsane in the Mahikeng Local Municipality scooped the third position. The Director for Road Safety Management, Motshabi Tshukudu says the performance of the two schools is impeccable and should be commended.

“The provincial flag was flown very high and in bright colours. The standard that we have been producing through debates continues to improve, this year’s teams were excellent and it shows in the results.

“These competitions are indicative of the work that we do on the ground to cultivate road safety and responsible road user behaviour. Hence we expose learners at a school going age to local, regional and global trends as well as to encourage them to become advocates of road safety,” said Tshukudu.

The Road Safety Debates are part of the Road Transport Management Corporation (RTMC)’s Participatory Education Techniques (PET) Competition. The flagship programme gives high school learners a platform to participate in a solution based exercise to interrogate road safety issues and come up with innovative ways to deal with the identified challenges.