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    Traffic Safety Council holds driving competitions






    TATENDA CHIZU/
    SIMBARASHE MTEMBO

    MASVINGO
    - The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) has held driving competitions in Masvingo at which the Council emphasized concentration on the road as a hallmark of good driving.
    The competition which saw eleven organisations participating in four different categories which were buses, rigid (lorry), articulated vehicles and kombi's.
    Drivers who entered the competitions held at the Civic Center were tasked to drive whilst observing and abiding by rules of the road. They also had to go through drums and height tests.
    Winners of the competition walked away with $500 each while the first and second runners-up pocketed $300 each while number four to seven got $50 each.
    Leonard Shoshore of the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) came first in the rigid truck competition and walked away with $500 while Macnight Mapezuweni of Masvingo City Council and Gift Magunje of ZESA came second and third respectively and pocketed $300. Kyle Preparatory School's Norman Ranganai came tops in the bus competition while Vurayayi Mapepa of the Great Zimbabwe University and Ernest Zezetu also of GZU came second and third respectively and won the same prizes respectively.
    Zimbabwe Republic Police's Taona Nemacha won in the kombi competition while Staff Sgt Tatenda Mapfumo of the Zimbabwe National Army came second and there was no third in this category. There was no number one in the articulated vehicle competition with judges saying that no one deserved first place and Zimbabwe National Army's Sgt Terrance Mapurazi therefore came second. There was also no third winner in this competition.
    The organizations that entered the competitions are the Zimbabwe Republic Police, Zimbabwe National Army, Great Zimbabwe University, Kyle Preparatory school, Masvingo Polytechnic, Masvingo City Council and Delta Beverages, Zimbabwe Electrical Supply Authority, Francis Aphiri Primary School and Helen McGhie Primary School.
    Tatenda Chinoda who is a marketing officer at TSCZ said the competition was aimed at teaching drivers the importance of concentrating whilst on the road.
    The competition was also held to educate and mark two accidents which were declared national disasters, one in Kwekwe which killed 31 people and another in Beitbridge which killed 12 people.
    "This competition is for the benefit of our drivers from different sectors to avoid road carnage, this year we had two serious accidents, one in Kwekwe which claimed 31 lives and another one in Beitbridge which killed 12 people. These were serious carnages that were declared national disasters.
    "Competence in driving means concentration in driving so it's for the benefit of our organizations and the drivers," said Chinoda.
    Drivers were urged not exceed the given speed limits and pay attention to the rules and regulations of the road for improved efficiency.
    National competitions are scheduled for 29 to 31 July this year at a venue that is still to be announced.local news
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