Seven Tips for Everyday Road Safety

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The 7 Most Important Tips for Everyday Road Safety

Better road safety in South Africa is extremely important; as there are thousands of deaths on our roads every year. The amount of accidents and deaths soar every year during the Easter and December holidays, but road safety should be a part of every day. Here are some basic road safety tips to keep in mind when you venture onto the roads.

Drivers and pedestrians must follow the rules of the road. This sounds simple enough, but there are many who break the rules to disastrous results.

1 Seatbelt

Wear your seatbelt and place children in appropriate car seats to ensure their safety. Airbags are designed to work with seatbelts, not to replace them, so you still need to wear your seatbelt if your car has airbags.

2 Exhaustion

Don’t drive when you are exhausted or intoxicated. You can always make use of a taxi service when you go out to ensure that you get home safely.


Never ever drive when you have consumed too much alcohol.

4 Roadworthy

Vehicles should be roadworthy at all times. Be sure to have your car checked before you drive long distances or go on holiday.

5 Electronic Devices

Don’t use your cell, tablet or other devices while you are driving or walking.

6 Children

When traveling with children, it is important to keep them seated safely in a vehicle. Try putting on CDs or playing an audiobook when you’re on a long trip. You can also give them board games or colouring books. When you are walking with children, hold their hands when you cross the road. This will not only keep them from running ahead (or being left behind on a busy street), but also make them more visible as motorists can more easily spot an adult than a child. Children should also be taught how to cross a road safely.

7 Speed

It is better to arrive somewhere a few minutes late than to cause an accident.

By keeping these road safety tips in mind, you can better ensure your safety – and the safety of those around you – when you travel.


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Make The Klein Karoo Your Holiday Destination

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Make The Klein Karoo Your Holiday Destination This Winter

By now we are all fed up with load shedding and the loss of power when we most need it.  It is a constant reminder of Murphy’s Law since anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Well, if you get tired of life in the city, it might be time to head out to the countryside where life is simple, and folks live off the grid. Why not make the Klein Karoo your winter holiday destination for 2015?

Just outside of Oudtshoorn lies the small town of De Rust. It boasts a load of attractions for visitors to the region, starting from luxury accommodations to excursions into nature.

A prime example of this kind of off the grid lifestyle can be found on the organic farm called Numbi Valley.

Here life is lived at a pace that closely matches the elements. Although there is no formal electricity, there is solar power and at night your water is warmed by a “donkie” or in other words a little wood stove with lots of spark! Owned and managed by Ross and Kathryn Eybers who have run world class resorts for many years, the whole experience is geared to being one of a lifetime. Vegetables are provided from the garden and are 100% organic. Visiting this haven from the rat race is reason enough to make the Klein Karoo your holiday destination this winter.

What can be better than sitting by the fireplace and having a “lekker kuier” and getting up to a kettle of hot coffee made on a gas stove? Other attractions in the region include the world famous Cango Caves, various Olive farms that sell top quality olive oil and not to forget the otherworldly Meiringspoort. If you visit the Kannaland Liquor store in De Rust you can make the acquaintance of one of the few remaining Meirings of the area, Anne Meiring who has run the store for the past few decades.

Another attraction in the Klein Karoo for meat eaters is the delicious lamb that is unique to this region. The meat has a special flavor due to the fynbos vegetation it feeds on. If this does not attract you to the area as a holiday destination local honey and many kinds of locally concocted medicines, like Jigsimur and Kankerbossie Tea might tickle your fancy. These remedies will make you feel about ten years younger! If you haven’t visited this hidden away corner of our land yet, I encourage you to make the Klein Karoo your holiday destination this winter. Artists who live here year round can tell you that visiting a town like De Rust is almost like walking into a live painting. Enjoy!


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