A 13-year-old lady has been rewarded for her act of bravery after she saved over 300 people in Zimbabwe. The teenager had stopped a train from leaving the station after she noticed some abnormalities.
The Zimbabwean girl identified as Nozipho Sibanda who is first year junior secondary school student at Entumbane High School in Zimbabwe had reported a broken railway line after she noticed it in Sawmills, in September.
This act of courage had stopped a train that was bound for Bulawayo from Victoria falls in an hour before she reported it. The train was supposed to have transported over 300 passengers at the time.
Sibanda who was 12 years old at the time in Grade seven at Sawmills Primary School, was rewarded by the National Railways of Zimbabwe for her swift action.
It was gathered that the girl had rushed to inform the station manager at Sawmills railway station and station manager immediately stopped the train from moving.
In appreciation of her swift and life-saving action, the National Railways of Zimbabwe had gone to her school had promised to pay her fees until she completes secondary school.
The organisation also promised to guarantee her a place at its training school in Bulawayo if she wishes to enroll.
Joseph Temai, the regional marketing manager of National Railways of Zimbabwe lauded her sense of responsibility.
He said: "She saved over 300 lives in a passenger train that was coming from Victoria Falls to Bulawayo. She did something that some adults may have failed to do. As part of our whistle blowers programme, we decided to give her a small token of appreciation as a gesture to show gratitude to her family and her school for cultivating such good habits in a child.
It was midweek in the morning and she was on her way to school. She noticed that part of the railway line was broken and she went to notify the station manager before going to school. It shows the kind of family and home that she was brought up in."
Temai also acknowledged the fact that her act saved millions of dollars worth of property. He said: "She helped to save the Government’s and taxpayer’s money. Another person may not see the value of this as one may not see themselves as a beneficiary of railway services. When one considers that our food is transported via rail, our coal for electricity is transported via rail and other goods and services, it is important to note that we are all beneficiaries."
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