Fifteen-year-old Johntra Persens from the Brandvlei Primary School in the Northern Cape was named the winner in the category for grades 4-6 in the annual SANRAL ChekiCoast road safety art competition. The theme of the 2015 competition highlights the dangers of using mobile devices for pedestrians and drivers. Johntra’s painting portrays a colourful street scene, drawn in three dimensions, and show pedestrians and vehicles in different unsafe and dangerous situations.
The learner said he was very excited about his prize, a R5 000 voucher “This is really awesome and I will definitely continue with my drawings. My parents are very proud and so am I with this achievement. I felt so honoured and on top of the world when I received my prize! Thank you SANRAL, you’re the best!!”
Johntra’s art teacher, Sandra Louw, says that he has great talent and she is very proud of him and will encourage him to continue developing it.Mr Sybrand de Beer, headmaster of the Brandvlei Primary School says his school is grateful to SANRAL for its road safety initiative and the opportunity it has created for the school to help develop its learners.
Ms Imelda Julies, Project Manager at SANRAL in the Western Cape who presented Johntra with his prize, says the competition is just one of SANRAL’s many road safety initiatives – and this one is aimed at engaging pupils and students to help promote road safety through art.
“The art competition is aimed at engaging the youth to express their thoughts about responsible road behaviour and using roads in the safest way possible.”