SPEECH BY THE KWAZULU-NATAL HEAD OF TRANSPORT, DR KWAZI MBANJWA DURING
THE 2003 EASTER HOLIDAY ROAD SAFETY PRESENTATION
15 April 2003
His Worship, Mayor of Durban Unicity
Management and Staff from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport
Members of the Media
Ladies and Gentlemen
Good Morning, Ladies and Gentlemen and thank you for coming to the
launch. Today I want to explain some of our efforts aimed at saving lives
and how we have planned for these Easter Holidays. As early as 2001 the
National Department of Transport released figures indicating that during
the five days over the Easter weekend in 1999, 35 people in KwaZulu-Natal
lost their lives. During the same period in year 2000 this figure was
reduced to 28, a saving of seven lives over a short period. That
constituted a 20% reduction and even super ceded our overall reduction of
16% in fatal crashes between 1998 and 1999. This was more than our target
of 14 % per annum reduction in fatalities over a five-year period and
indicates that we are still on track towards achieving the saving of 3 500
lives and R4.1 billion by the end of this year in our road safety
programme. Close to 4 million vehicles travelled along the N3 and N2
between 1 December 2002 and 6 January 2003 according to traffic counters
placed at strategic points. This count does not include vehicles that
travelled within the urban, rural and far rural areas of the Province. 145
Collisions occurred in the urban areas whilst 89 were in rural areas. 60%
of fatalities, which occur in KwaZulu-Natal, occur within the Durban Metro
area. The most dangerous sites are:
- Warwick Triangle area
- Stanger and Argyle Road intersection
- South Coast Road
- Higginsons Highway
- Mangosutho Highway
- Inanda Main Road
- N2 Ring Road
- M4 North through Umhlanga and Umdloti
The Minister and the CEO of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport
are committed to reduce the statistics for this Easter period and every
effort ie. Education, Enforcement and Engineering aspects have been fully
integrated to ensure that the people of the Province as well as our
visitors are safe. The concept of self-policing is going to be used where
road users take the responsibility of safer roads.
The Easter period will cover 17 April and 4 May 2003.
Programmes taking place during Easter are:-
DRIVER AWARENESS FOR LONG DISTANCE TAXI ASSOCIATIONS AND TOUR BUS
This programme will be done with all the long distance taxi
associations and tour bus operators, where aspects of vehicle fitness –
pre-trip inspection is done before embarking on a journey. The importance
of tyres and overloading are also covered, as these are the two factors
that contribute largely to the collisions.
The KZN Taxi council, the eThekwini Minibus Taxi Forum and the PTEU are
also actively involved. In conjunction with this, taxi rank awareness
campaigns are carried out by the community road safety councils. Their
message from the communities’ side to the public transport sector is to
bring our families safely during this festive period.
The Sober is Safe campaign and the Omela Ngasekhaya programmes will
cover the reasons that drinking and driving/walking is a crime. The Sober
is Safe campaign ill target the Beach Front hotels and pubs whilst the
Omela Ngasekhaya program will take place at taverns. Omela Ngasekhaya
takes place at: Phoenix, Chatsworth, Wentworth, Cato Manor, Sydenham,
Durban Metro will conduct alco roadblocks on a daily basis in and
around the city. Educational material on alcohol will be distributed at
||Van Reenen Pass
||Marianhill Toll Plaza
|Satellite stations at strategic points
|Star Trauma Air Response
ROAD SIDE COURTS
Still awaiting confirmation.
AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS / PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
DURBAN METRO: INNER WEST
Marianhill Toll Plaza – Education to support enforcement
Static display – Pavilion Westville
Childrens programme at Pinetown library
DURBAN METRO: NORTH
Kwa Mashu taxi rank
Tongaat taxi rank - awareness campaign
Tongaat Toll Plaza – hand out educational material
Static display at Verulam Charity Fair
Display at Phoenix Plaza
Childrens programme at Gateway Shopping Centre
DURBAN METRO: SOUTH
Static display at Dakota Beach Education link up with Enforcement at
Static display at Churches:
Mpusheni UCC Kwankonka Roman Catholic Church
Ultra City – educational material on display
Static display at Magabheni Township Clinic/Shopping Centre/Naminbi
High visibility on N2
Static display at Pick n Pay – Athlone
Isipingo taxi rank
Muthwa Shopping Centre
High visibility on the M4 North of Durban
Taxi rank awareness
Sober is Safe along the Marine Parade
Alcohol awareness a satellite station at the south beach and north
Drivers of tour buses and taxis will be briefed on speed and fatigue.
On the 18 April 2003, all churches meet at the Umlazi Stadium. There
would be a static road safety display. Messages on pedestrians will be
broadcasted during this period.
The Mpimpa hot line - 0862211010.
The aim of the line is to create volunteer traffic officers in the form of
all road users to act in unison to unbecoming road usage.
In order to avoid crank calls, it is a paid line, which will operate 24
KZN DISABILITY FORUM – FEDERAL COUNCIL
Accident victims on wheelchairs will speak to the travelling public
relating their trauma, sending out strong road safety messages.
The carnage experienced on South African roads is not a new phenomenon.
What is new is Government’s resolve to get on top of the problem. What
is new is Government’s realisation that this is not a problem that can
be solved by Government alone.
As I indicated before, our campaign will continue to put more emphasis
on pedestrian safety because research indicates that pedestrians have
became the most vulnerable of all road users. The official death toll for
KwaZulu-Natal during the 2002/2003 Summer Holidays commencing on 1
December 2002 to 12 January 2003 was 293. The breakdown of these
fatalities is as follows:
From these figures, you can see for yourself that there is a shift in
terms of road deaths with more pedestrians dying on our roads than other
road users. Nationally, the official death toll for the same period was
1467 and the breakdown of fatalities was as follows:
Again more pedestrians died on our roads than either drivers or
passengers. We have thus embarked upon a holistic approach in which we
intensify law enforcement to correct pedestrian behaviour, be it
jay-walking, drunken walking or any other form of irresponsible behaviour
in the same way as we do to drivers.
In the final analysis, I want to re-emphasize the following:
It is a crime to jaywalk.
It is a crime to drive while under the influence of alcohol.
It is a crime to drive without a licence.
It is a crime to drive recklessly and at high speeds.
It is a crime to drive an un-roadworthy vehicle.
It is a crime to drive an overloaded vehicle.
It is a crime to drive a vehicle and at the same time use a cell
phone without a hands free kit.
It is a crime not to wear a seatbelt.
It is a crime to attempt to bribe a traffic officer.
It is a crime to attempt to bribe a testing official.