The KZN road safety programme has received a major boost following a two day National Road Safety Summit, which took place in Durban this week.
The Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters led a delegation of transport stakeholders from national and provincial departments to convene the 3rd Annual Summit to discuss and come up with action plans to improve road safety.
The Summit intended to take stock of the progress made since the hosting of the two previous summits and achievements made in the implementation of the resolutions taken at those summits.
After two days of engagements, delegates resolved among others: to identify areas and have pilots to inform the best practices; to ensure there’s an alignment and standardization between enforcement and educational programmes across provinces; that provinces should work together with local municipalities to improve the execution of programmes and ensure key decisions are cascaded at all levels; that the action items should include deadlines to ensure monitoring of progress; to identify areas or opportunities of multi-skilling for road safety practitioners and traffic officers; to centralise road safety funding and road safety to be elevated to the same level as AIDS so that it becomes our responsibility to promote it.
Speaking at the closing of the Summit, MEC Mxolisi Kaunda said: “We will be executing the resolutions of this Summit. Road safety needs to be elevated to become a societal matter. As families we need to practice this at home as a way of instilling road safety in their minds. When we lose people on our roads it becomes a huge challenge because it affects the economic growth of this country. This province is known as a “Zero tolerant province” when it comes to road safety. Therefore law enforcement will be especially directed to our visitors as we approach the festive season.”