DOTís Omela Ngasekhaya programme now on film
A film documentary that looks at the KZN Department of Transportís Omela
Ngasekhaya (drink nearer home) programme has been completed. It is expected
to be available in libraries within and outside the DOT soon.
The Departmentís Community Road Safety Councils will take advantage of the
new film to educate people in taverns about road safety.
The film may be broadcast on SABC as part of the Departmentís road safety
education campaign. Last year, the Department serialised a documentary on TV 1
that looked at the African Renaissance Road Upgrading Programme (ARRUP).
ARRUP is a ministerial programme aimed at improving the quality of life of
people in rural areas by providing a reliable road network. The ARRUP film is
now available at the Department of Transportís communications section.
Moreover, a documentary on the root-cause of violence in public transport is
also available in Zulu and English, especially for educational and research
purposes. The latter contains scenes depicting violence. Viewer discretion is
The Omela Ngasekhaya film is the third 15-minute documentary dealing
with a Departmental programme that has been commissioned through the
Communications directorate over the last two years.
The Omela film, which will soon be available to the public, opens with
the attractions of KwaZulu-Natal as epitomised by the Zulu monarch, King
Goodwill Zwelithini, Durban beaches, traditional music, dance, and other tourist
It features Minister Ndebele addressing crowds on road safety, traffic
officers on the road, and is sustained by DOT CEO, Dr Kwazi Mbanjwa, his Road
Safety staff, and various communities and taverns in KwaZulu-Natal.
In a natural way, the film actually explores the obvious connection between
law enforcement and road safety. Does anyone have a problem understanding the
Itís simple. On the one hand, road safety education is about empowering the
people with information that would enable them to become competent and safer
road users. On the other hand, law enforcement is about making a point that
those who fail to observe safer conduct on the road are answerable to the law.
This means that there are fines, roadside courts and prison for road offenders.
As Minister Ndebele often says, when road safety education fails, law
enforcement takes over. This is precisely because even the most informed people
do chose to ignore the rules on the road.
The Omela Ngasekhaya film isolates alcohol as one of the key
contributory factors towards road carnage, particularly involving pedestrians.
Pedestrians are most affected by road accidents in South Africa, including
Omela carries interviews with alcohol users and tavern owners arguing
that tavern owners benefit from alcohol users by selling drinks to them. That is
why it is important for the tavern owners to ensure that their lives are safe so
that their customers keep bringing them business.
Omela is a must see. Packed with illustrations that tell a story of a
Department engaged in constructive discourse with the people at grassroots
level, the film succeeds to be entertaining, yet educational and informative.
For more information about DOT documentaries, phone (033) 3422626 / (033)
3558600 ext 8760 or call at the DOT Head Office in 172 Burger Street,