17 March, 2015 – In line with His Majesty King Mswati III’s vision for the country to reach first world status by the year 2022, Sincephetelo Motor Vehicle Accident (SMVA) Fund Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Helmon Vilakati has advocated for an accident free nation by 2022.
Vilakati made these remarks during the ‘Safer Roads for Kids’ scholar patrol donation of equipment to seven schools along the Hhelehhele-Big Bend (MR8) road by the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Pastor Lindiwe Dlamini at Mkhuzweni Primary School. Vilakati, who also serves as Chairman of the Road Safety Council said that such an exercise was imperative as it would ensure that all children are enlightened on the realities of road traffic accidents, and therefore they could make informed decisions when utilising public roads. He said that this was not going to be a once off exercise as the Council had hoped to reach all schools in the country spearheading the road safety message.
“As we endeavour to reach first world status, I advocate for every citizen of the country to start practising road safety now. We are hopeful that such exercises such as today’s will propel us to an accident free country by the year 2022 since all citizens will have been informed on road safety. I am thankful to everyone we have been working with towards pushing these road safety campaigns and can vouch that as a Council, we will continue to push hard in our duties of ensuring that road accidents are minimised in pursuit of His Majesty’s vision,” he said. The Chairman further thanked all the participating schools and teachers for being at the forefront of the initiative saying that without their assistance, it would be difficult to have effective scholar patrols.
Also present during the launch was Minister for Education and Training Dr. Phineas Magagula, Mafutseni Member of Parliament (MP) Christopher Gamedze, Siphofaneni MP Gundwane Gamedze and Royal Swaziland Police (RSP) National Commissioner Isaac Magagula who was represented by RSP Road and Traffic Director Boy Ngwenya, amongst others.