JOHANNESBURG – The Western Cape MEC for Education, Debbie Schäfer, on Monday encouraged all National Senior Certification (NSC) candidates who participate in "marriage feasts" to exercise restraint.
Schäfer said most of the NSC candidates on Monday would write their latest exam – English at home and English in the first additional language, the third.
"I appeal to all candidates for registration so as not to spoil what should be a well-deserved celebration. You have the rest of your lives in front of you – a moment of irresponsibility can have a lifetime of consequences, "Schäfer said.
She urged candidates to use additional services for registered cars and public transport services that would be available when traveling between sites if they were under the influence of alcohol.
"Always make sure there is a responsible driver who is not under the influence of alcohol or substances that affect his ability to drive. Obey the speed limit and other road rules, avoid distractions while driving, including using cell phones, avoid driving late at night when possible, or drive when you're tired, make sure passengers are always stuck, "he said. Schäfer.
MEC for transportation and public works, Donald Grant said that they were on full alert and ready for any eventuality during this period.
"A practical approach will again be adopted for any transgressions during that period. Let us work together to ensure that this moment of celebration is not hampered by reckless and irresponsible behavior that endangers lives.
"We must work in partnership to avoid any unnecessary harm or death at all costs."
"Last year alone, our provincial traffic services, along with our municipal partners and SAPS, conducted a number of operations around the maturity period, which included a total of 27 operations focused on vehicle safety, speed and direction verification under influence .
Grant said that this year his department would focus on making the roads safer, with a strong police presence on the roads.
He also encouraged those who attended parties to celebrate responsibly and not drink and drive.
Schäfer also told the candidates that they should be prepared for any eventuality during the examination process and be available to write until December 9 if there was a need.
African News Agency (ANA)