4 December, 2015 – As we head towards the festive season holidays, the Sincephetelo Motor Vehicle Accidents Fund (SMVAF) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Helmon Vilakati has appealed to motorists and all road users to apply extreme caution when on the road. Vilakati made these sentiments during the Africa Road Safety Day commemoration held at the Sibane Hotel.
The CEO said that raod users should be very observant and alert as the country’s roads would be busier than normal given that we were headed for the festive season as well as the national traditional ceremonies. He also thanked the Minister of Public Works and Transport Pastor Lindiwe Dlamini for gazetting the Road Safety Council, of which he is Chairman, and pledged to work tirelessly with the Board and all stakeholders to achieve the objectives set out by the ministry. “Traffic related injuries and deaths continue to be a thorn in the flesh for those of us entrusted with alleviating this cumbersome concern and we will continue to utilise globally accepted best practice models to alleviate road traffic accidents,” he said. He informed the stakeholders that another means of educating the nation was through the impending SMVAF Ingwenyama Cup, saying that they hoped to reach the masses because football was also known as the game of billions.
Transport Minister Lindiwe Dlamini during her remarks challenged the Road Safety Council body to come up with stringent measures that will ensure that the country’s roads are safer. “This starts with the removal of hazards on the roads. Numerous road safety measures have been put in place to curb these issues but there is no difference in terms of calming the problem,” she said.
Other dignitaries present during the commemoration were the Country Representative from the World Health Organisation, the National Commissioner of Police, Road Safety Council members, members of the Road Transportation Board and numerous other road safety stakeholders. After the dialogues, the dignitaries then went out onto the national highway at the foot of the Malagwane Hill were the police had mounted a roadblock, and the Minister, Chairman and others distributed road safety literature to motorists, whilst also educating them on the positives of proper road safety conduct.