Letter from the GRSP ZA Programme Coordinator for the Final Newsletter of 2014

“Dear colleagues

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.