Autism school hands in petition

Renier Els, principal of the school and Aletta van Loggerenberg, DA councillor for Ward 17, attempting to cross Sterkfontein Road, outside the Autism school. Photo: Bianca Pindral.

The Rant-en-Dal Clinic School for Autism handed a petition to Aletta van Loggerenberg, Democratic Alliance councillor for Ward 17, on Thursday, 8 March, urging the municipality to install a pedestrian crossing on the street outside their school.

This follows after a day learner was knocked down in front of the school on Sterkfontein Street late last year.

The petition they handed to the municipality.Photo: Bianca Pindral.

The school was transformed from a school for children with behavioural problems into an autistic school in 2017 and has since had more day learners than hostel-dwellers, resulting in more pedestrians using the road.

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“The safety of our learners and their parents is our top priority and we urge Mogale City Local Municipality to urgently help us with a pedestrian crossing for these people,” said Renier Els, principal of the school.

Renier Els, principal of the school and Aletta van Loggerenberg, DA councillor for Ward 17, crossing Sterkfontein Road outside the Autism school.Photo: Bianca Pindral.

“We also want the traffic in the area to be regulated more often by traffic department officials to prevent anyone else from getting hurt. The road poses a great danger to the children.”

Aletta added that she wants to solve this problem quickly and will hand the petition to the Speaker of Council, because the municipality has not yet approved its petition team.

“Although road safety is everybody’s responsibility, the absence of visible traffic control is a major contributing factor to the danger of this road. People get apathetic about the traffic rules and think they can violate them because there aren’t any consequences,” she said.

She is also busy handling another petition pertaining to Falcon Street, because the community feels the traffic department should also handle the issues.

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