12 January 2015
Road Safety: A shared responsibility for all of us
While the recently released road traffic crash statistics for the 2014-2015 festive season show a marginal decline from the corresponding figures of the 2013-2014 season, they still make for grim reading. According to the figures released by Minister Dipuo Peters on 9 January 2015, during the festive period spanning 1 December 2014 to 5 January 2015; a total of 1,118 fatal crashes with 1,368 fatalities were registered. The comparable figures for the same period in 2013-2014 were 1,147 and 1,376. This indicates a marginal decline of 2.5% and 0.6% for fatal crashes and fatalities respectively. Clearly the message is not getting across to our road users and judging by some early responses from the media, these figures seem to have resulted in some questioning the whole point of releasing similar figures year after year and whether the authorities are doing enough in order to curb the scourge of road traffic crashes. This is quite understandable and reveals a deep sense of frustration with the lack of progress in attempts to improve our appalling road safety record. Continue reading
As the year draws to an end, we sadly reflect that road traffic crashes remain stubbornly high in South Africa. Thousands of crashes were recorded across the country during the course of the year. A few of these crashes were highly publicized. Sadly, thousands more crashes went unnoticed as they were not reported in the media.
The high number of crashes does not however reflect a lack of effort among the various stakeholders. Indeed, various interventions were implemented during the course of 2014; including: seminars, workshops, road safety campaigns etc. For instance, the third GRSP Africa Road Safety Seminar was held in August 2014. In November 2014 the Volvo International Road safety Seminar was also held in Cape Town. In early December 2014, the Road Traffic infringement Agency (RTIA) held an Interfaith Festive Season Road Safety Awareness Prayer Day in Boksburg. While some may dismiss these workshops and gatherings as mere talk shows with no tangible benefits, the GRSP ZA team strongly believes that the ideas generated in such gatherings are crucial in informing decisions on practical strategies aimed at reducing road traffic crashes in the country. Furthermore, such gatherings provide networking opportunities for road safety practitioners, networking opportunities that can result in the formation of new road safety partnerships or the strengthening of existing ones.
In conclusion, GRSP ZA wishes to thank all partners and stakeholders for their continued support. It is my sincere hope that we keep strengthening this partnership . A special thank you goes to BP Southern Africa for continuing to host the GRSP ZA at their offices in Cape Town.
I wish you all a safe and enjoyable festive holiday!!”
Patrick Muchaka | Programme Coordinator
Please click here for the GRSP ZA Newsletter – Issue no. 4 for 2014.