Frustrations mount due to traffic delays

Last week, motorists dropping off their children at PEPPS were greeted by traffic congestion when no traffic officials were present to regulate the heavy traffic between the city and Mankweng. The Department of Roads and Transport has since responded by sending officials to do duty to safeguard motorists and to help ease traffic flow.

POLOKWANE – Motorists taking their children to schools situated along the R71 in the mornings, as well as school personnel, are baffled as to why traffic is no longer being regulated.

The result is that traffic coming from Mankweng to Polokwane, must make way for parents coming from Polokwane, to turn off first.

With no yielding arrows on the traffic lights to give motorists right of way, parents sometimes queue for more than a kilometre to use the turn-off.

Review first contacted Disree Manyane, Stakeholder Relations Officer from the Polokwane Municipality’s Communication and Marketing department, for comment.

Manyane said it is not the duty of Polokwane Municipality’s traffic department to man these traffic points in the morning. She referred us to the Limpopo Department of Roads and Transport.

We then contacted this department’s spokesperson, Joshua Kwapa, to shed some light on the matter.

Kwapa responded by saying that due to insufficient manpower from the Polokwane Municipality, the provincial traffic department intervened to help regulate traffic at the specific traffic crossing at PEPPS.

Since Review’s enquiries last week to the Limpopo Department of Roads and Transport, the department’s traffic officials are now back to safely regulate school traffic.

The traffic ranges from parents with cars, school buses, minibus taxis, as well as trucks transporting sand across the road from PEPPS.

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Roelof de Jonge

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