A target of establishing 22 urban Community Road Safety Councils and re- electing 30 Rural Community Road Safety Councils has been set for the Financial Year 2002 -2003. There is going to be a need for production of another 5000 BP/ASIPHEPHE Training Guides. A sum total of R50, 000 will be required for this exercise and a proposal has been submitted to the Road Safety Directorate for this purpose. The same terms of reference (as reflected in the BP Training Brochure) will apply in the establishment of the urban and the four remaining rural Councils with adaptations where necessary. A formal constitution will be drafted that will formalise the arrangements and responsibilities of all the Community Road Safety Councils.
The 2002/2003 Year Plan
The following Year Plan which features various establishments, training workshops and project implementations has been planned for all the existing to be established Community Road Safety Councils:
By the end of this module participants will understand, and be able to put into practice, democratic procedures. Participants will develop accountability to the Department of Transport, communities and sectors.
MODULE 2: Effective and Efficient Meetings
By the end of this module participants will be able to plan, conduct and
record a range of meetings to achieve development goals. These include, CRSC
committee meetings, community meetings, ad hoc work related meetings, one on one
meetings, interview and learning group meetings. Participants will also learn
the following additional skills:
SEPTEMBER (PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ALLOCATION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO RSE FOR COMMUNITY AWARENESS FUNCTIONS)
FIRST AID TRAINING FOR MEMBERS OF THE CRSC AND MEMBERS OF THE TAXI INDUSTRY - (I have told Paddy that 500 000 can be used for public awareness participation).
There is an urgent need for developing First Aid Emergency skills in developing societies. Lack of adequate health services, slow reaction times by ambulance services and long distances between communities and the nearest places of health care, all pose a threat to community life. Developing societies do not only rely on the taxi industry for transport but also during emergency and life threatening situations. Many a times a knocked pedestrian is rushed to hospital by taxi, and again (this time away from the road) many a pregnant mother is sped by taxi to the nearest place of health care during labour. It is still going to be some time before Ambulance and other Emergency Services are firmly established in developing societies and at reasonable response times.
Implementing a training program that looks into developing First Aid and Emergency Skills in the taxi industry is thus an appropriate step towards saving lives and avoiding serious injury. It is the one of the strategies that KwaZulu-Natal has to explore in bridging the gaps of structural inequalities as discussed earlier. Further, as the taxi industry is a business sector that has a major and direct impact on society, an initiative that is successful in promoting co-operation and enhances the effective functioning of the industry will contribute directly to economic growth in the region and consequently contribute to social stability.
The overriding objective of the program will be to establish on-going mechanisms through which the KwaZulu-Natal Road Safety Directorate and the Taxi Industry can jointly investigate and intervene in road safety issues and problems within the taxi industry and local communities towards formulating solutions and policy actions.
MODULE 3: Development Planning
This workshop will enable participants to develop business plans. It will
By the end of this module participants will be able to serve as resource people in communities.
OMELA NGASEKHAYA / ALCOHOL ROAD BLOCKS (Inside developing societies)
Statistics point out that the majority of pedestrians killed are from developing sectors of our society and that most of these incidents are linked to alcohol consumption. The Omela Ngasekhaya programme was introduced as a logical extension of the ASIPHEPHE Adult Education Programme to promote road safety and to link road collisions to alcohol consumption. Omela Ngasekhaya targets patrons of township taverns and shebeens. The patrons of taverns and shebeens are not discouraged from drinking, rather they are educated about the dangers of drinking and walking. They are also encouraged to patronise drinking venues as close to home as possible.