They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, sometimes it also takes a village to protect one.
With this in mind, the innovative Walking Bus Initiative was re-launched in Kleinmond on Monday 19 March 2018 by Minister Dan Plato and the Department of Community Safety. Overstrand’s Executive Mayor, Ald Dudley Coetzee also attended the launch.
The initiative would ensure that pupils of Kleinmond Primary arrive at school and return home safely.
Explaining how it works, Ward 9 Councillor Grant Cohen said, "the ‘walking bus’ will see parents or other volunteers forming the ‘drivers’ of the ‘bus’ – ‘picking up’ children along the way to and from school – to help improve the safety of learners and ensuring that they cross roads safely”.
According to him, perpetrators of crime and bullies tend to keep a low profile while the walking bus members are within close proximity.