Bus Accident Involving NW Learners returning from Secondary School Athletics Event held in Western Cape

The North West Department of Education wishes to inform its school community of a bus accident that occurred early hours of Sunday 07 April 2024 approximately 60 km before Hopetown, along the Kimberly route.

The bus was ferrying learners from the North West province who had participated in the Secondary School Track and Field Athletics event held in the Western Cape.

There has been no fatalities reported at this stage. However, two teachers and the driver have been transferred to Kimberly for X-ray examinations as a precautionary measure. The Department is relieved to report that no learners have sustained injuries. Nevertheless, all learners are currently undergoing medical checks at Hometown Hospital.

North West Education MEC Viola Motsumi calls for calm during this time.
“We are thankful that there have been no fatalities in this unfortunate incident. Our immediate focus is on ensuring the well-being of those involved, and we are closely monitoring the situation. Our thoughts are with the affected learners, teachers, and their families, and we are providing all necessary support and assistance. We urge everyone to remain calm as we work through this challenging time together”, says Motsumi.

The Department is deeply grateful to the emergency responders, medical personnel, and authorities who swiftly responded to the scene and provided assistance. The safety and well-being of our learners and educators remain the Department’s utmost priority, and we are committed to providing all necessary support during this time.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Mphata Molokwane
Departmental Spokesperson
082 979 3638
Elias Malindi
Acting Head of Communication
072 892 8399

Author: tkhechane