Africa Day and Africa Month as marked by South Africa together with the rest of the African continent in the month of May present an opportunity to promote African Unity, deeper regional integration, and recommit Africa to a common destiny.

The mass celebrations this time around are reduced to very small scale engagements, messages, and visualized speeches due to the state of disaster brought about by COVID19.

This year the MEC for Transport and Community Safety: Mme Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya celebrated this significant day with the frontline staff at the Polokwane Weighbridge
, interacting with truckers who have been on the road transporting essential goods from one border to another since the lockdown.
She acknowledged to the truckers that they have been driving under strict regulations, traveling in an unusual road, stopped by law enforcement officers with different uniforms, this time with masks and gloves, demanding permits, and even subjected to screening for coronavirus symptoms by health officials on site.

The MEC thanked and encouraged the truckers that we should stand together as Africans against the pandemic, they (truckers) should continue observing the rules of the road and the new regulations, wearing masks, sanitizing and observing social distancing to ensure that they do not transport the virus to their families and communities.

If we as Africans sustain the unity that connects us through culture and diversity, we shall emerge victorious against this pandemic.

Issued By Communications Services
Department of Transport and Community Safety.