'Celebrate responsibly', govt tells matrics
Stern message issued to matrics to put safety first when it comes to partying.
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JOINT STATEMENT BY MINISTER DEBBIE SCHÄFER AND MINISTER DONALD GRANT, WESTERN CAPE MINISTER OF EDUCATION AND MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC WORKS:

National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations have ended and many candidates will be heading to annual ‘matric rage parties’ in towns across the province, particularly in Hermanus and Plettenberg Bay. The ‘matric rage parties’ period is expected to end in December.

Matric candidates have worked very hard to get to this point in their lives and while they deserve to celebrate, we appeal to them to do so responsibly.  

We encourage candidates to use additional registered car services and public transport services that are available when travelling between venues, and refrain from getting behind the wheel after consuming amounts of alcohol that exceed the legal requirement, or while under the influence of narcotics. Candidates should also exercise caution when on the roads, and ensure that they:

•    always obey the speed limit and other rules of the road
•    avoid distractions whilst driving
•    avoid late night driving where possible, or driving when tired
•    ensure that they and their passengers are always buckled up

Provincial and municipal traffic authorities will be adopting a no-nonsense approach to any transgressions during what is supposed to be a celebratory time, to ensure that festivities aren’t overshadowed by unnecessary injury and death. There will be round-the-clock enforcement between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, with focussed enforcement operations conducted with our partners (SAPS, Bitou Fire Department and traffic law enforcement, EMS, and local security companies) at specific areas where incidents usually occur.

We appeal to all matric candidates not to spoil what should be a well-earned celebration. You have the rest of your lives ahead of you – a moment of irresponsibility can have a lifetime of consequences.


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