The lack of rain in the Port Elizabeth area has started to cause concern amongst the rural schools as children are starting to take risks when coming to schools as the dams and rivers are running lower than normal and instead of taking the long route around a dam, there are now some dams that have paths or islands running through the middle of them that the kids are walking on to make their trip to school shorter.
I have even noticed this on our farm where staff will always try their best to take the Crows Route as apposed to following the road. I suppose if I didn’t have the luxury of a car, I would also want to take the shortest route. The learners are taking risks by doing this over the rivers and dams as the ground they are walking on is often very slippery and unstable. We need to be aware that the dangers of water don’t only present themselves in flooding, there are ALWAYS there. In droughts, pools are lower and green and are very dangerous for toddlers. Dams are lower which presents the dangers of rocks and tree stumps just below the surface. People taking short cuts across rivers and dams. All of these are just as dangerous as too much water. We need to make sure that our kids are educated in all situations.
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