Zero Tolerance in KZN
The Global Situation in Developing and Transitional Societies
is a problem worldwide in developing societies. Although the developing
world only has about 30% of global traffic, it is responsible for more than
70% of deaths world-wide. More than 1.17 million people are killed in road
crashes throughout the world each year. Over 10 million are crippled or
seriously injured. More than half of these are pedestrians.
Background in KZN
The KZN Minister of Transport, Mr S'bu Ndebele, decided during 1996 to
embark on a special road safety campaign - based on the very successful
model from Victoria in Australia. The campaign has been very successful,
achieving a more than 30% reduction in road fatalities between 1996 and
1998. This has not been achieved anywhere else in the world. During August
2000 the re-structure of the Department of Transport included establishment
of a permanent Road Safety Directorate, reporting directly to the Deputy
Strategy and Calendar
All the elements of Road Safety are synergised to ensure maximum
effectiveness, under an annual Calendar which gives a clear strategic focus,
with emphasis on critical areas, particularly speed and abuse of alcohol on
The basic elements of the strategy are:
- Enforcement - visible and high profile enforcement of critical areas -
especially speed, alcohol, overloading, seat-belts and vehicle condition.
- Coordination of all 64 enforcement agencies in the province
- Corridor and holiday planning
- Purchase, training and use of new equipment
- Education - advertising to support enforcement, education of schools
and communities and public awareness to encourage behavior change.
- Formation of 30 Community Road Safety Councils
- Capacity building in communities
- Special programmes aimed at pedestrians - adults and children
- Campaigns in pubs, taverns and shebeens to discourage drinking and
- Engineering - special low-cost treatment of hazardous locations,
audits and assessments of roads and vehicle design and condition.
- Identification of hazardous locations by communities
- Treatment of such locations
- Accurate data collection and analysis
- Road safety audits and assessments of roads at the design, building
and completed states
- Evaluation and research - to ensure appropriate treatments and
programmes are embarked upon.
- Comprehensive external evaluation by CSIR and other consultants
during September 1999 which led to the production of 50
recommendations for improving delivery.
- Establishment, financing and support of University of Natal
Interdisciplinary Accident Research Centre to carry out research in
accordance with set priorities.
Aims, Five Year Plan and Success
We have made substantial gains in decreasing road deaths in KwaZulu Natal
from over 2000 in 1996 to under 1500 in 1998. We expect, by the finish of
our 5 year programme at the end of 2002, to have achieved a 50% reduction in
fatalities, saving more than 3,500 lives and R4.1 billion.
Priorities for the future include:
- A move towards a more community-based approach to the work,
concentrating on public-awareness and education programmes carried out
through Community Road Safety Councils.
- Implementation of national initiatives such as the Administrative
Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) and Road Traffic
Management Coordinating Committee (RTMCC).
- Continued co-operation with Arrive Alive and Strategy 2000-2004 which
are national campaigns.
- The implementation of a long-term, effective strategy and a proven
business case for success, which will ensure continued support from
government and business.
- A collaboration with public and private sectors; as well as
provincial, national and international road safety organizations.
A fuller version of this report is available from the Road Safety
Directorate at the Department of Transport.
Telephone No.: (033) 355 8965
Cell No.: 083 631 2824