Road safety

Celebrities use star power to promote road safety at Roodepoort TVET

A different kind of education came to South West Gauteng College’s Roodepoort campus on February 16.

Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) brought its road safety roadshow to students’ doorsteps to encourage responsible behavior on the road and pedestrians. Titled Phepha!, which is a Zulu term meaning “to be aware”, the campaign injects an energetic presentation to help penetrate young minds.

Obed Baloyi with a fan. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.

To shine the message, TETA enlisted the services of two television celebrities from Mzansi Magic’s Diep City. Vele Manenje and Obed Baloyi, who play Maureen and Ringo in the Blackbrain Pictures production, each gave a brief speech on the need to give full attention to the road, whether driving or walking. The discussions were interspersed with selfies, a team of dancers as well as the distribution of caps and t-shirts.

Obed Baloyi with fans. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.

“We all know someone who has lost their life in an accident. This is close to my heart as I lost a family member to reckless driving,” Vele said. “I know you’re going to leave here to buy cars and houses, isn’t that the vision? That’s why you study so you can buy luxury,” she added, emphasizing why the Phepha! campaign focused on tertiary equipment.

Vele Manenje pleasing the fans. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.

The TETA road safety campaign started in December and ends in February, making the Roodepoort stop one of the last. “It is important to remind young people of their responsibilities on the road. I see too many young people walking and driving with stuff in their ears. We have to be aware that drivers and pedestrians share the road but we have to be careful at all times,” Obed said.

The essential message was scribbled on the merchandise distributed, which are simple road safety instructions. Wear light-colored clothes at night, don’t text while walking, don’t text while driving, drink water regularly and, of course, don’t drink or drive.

MC Mzwake. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.
Vele Manenje pleasing the fans. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.
Phaepha! at Roodepoort TVET. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.
Obed Baloyi with fans. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.
Vele Manenje pleasing the fans. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.
Obed Baloyi with fans. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.
Obed Baloyi with fans. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.
The Phaepha! dancers. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.
Vele Manenje cuts a promo. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.
Phepha!, the mascot. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.
Obed Baloyi, Vele Manenje and Nathalia. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.