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SMVAF News - MVA partners with SEC in occupational health and safety systems

27 August, 2015 - As one of the largest companies in the country consisting of a fleet of over 140 vehicles across their depots nationwide, the Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) has partnered with the Sincephetelo Motor Vehicle Accidents Fund (SMVAF) in providing road safety education. Requested by the SEC SHERQ department, which stands for Safety, Health, Environment, Risk and Quality; the Fund was presented with an opportunity to educate the country's leading electricity providers transport operators on road safety issues that could assist them better carry out their duties whilst on the kingdoms road networks.

Stacked with a compliment of over 40 drivers at the company's Matsapha depot alone, Dumisa Dlamini, the SMVA Funds Stakeholder Relations Officer was at the forefront of explaining to the drivers the importance of following the rules of the road whilst utilising or driving a vehicle. He explained that there were three types of road users, being drivers, passengers and pedestrians but highlighted that of the three, the driver, who is also known as the principal road user was the one most responsible for practising legal road safety precautionary measures given that they (drivers) were tested before they were officially allowed to be on the road with their vehicles.

He also explained to the drivers who the SMVAF was and what their mandate was in terms of the rehabilitation and compensation of road accident victims. "The MVA Act is derived from the juristic notion that somebody must be at fault in the occurrence of a road accident, and in this case it must be the driver of a motor vehicle," he said. Dlamini further exposed the documentation that is necessary towards lodging a claim with the Fund which ranges from a police report, identification documents, medical reports, and the numerous others documents required for one to qualify to be indemnified by the Fund.

SEC SHERQ Officer Mancoba Zwane said that safety, health, environment, risk and quality management was of utmost importance to their company as proven by their commitment to implement Occupational Health and Safety Systems, Environmental Management Systems and Quality Management Systems at every workplace under their organisation. "This is part of our strides towards ensuring zero disabling injuries and major incidents whilst our employees conduct the Swaziland Electricity Company business during working hours," he said. He stressed that his company was looking at establishing a standing relationship on these issues as a key stakeholder to the company's safety management system, and it was for this reason that he invited the Fund to provide road safety and MVA Fund education at the company's seventeen depots across the country.

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