17 July, 2016 – This was revealed by the Fund’s Stakeholder Management Officer (SMO) Dumisa Dlamini during the road safety awareness parade held at the Matsapha Weighbridge aimed at sensitising the people of the Matsapha region on the proper crossing facilities available due to the on-going road works on the national highway. Graced by the Minister of Public Works and Transport Pastor Lindiwe Dlamini, the road-show was dubbed ‘ungajubeli utawufa’ which means: ‘shortcuts are deadcuts’.
The SMO said that the healthy relationship between the two entities was illustriously beneficial to the Fund, given that the Fund was now mandated to institute road safety awareness programmes, as per the MVA Amendment Act of 2011. “Honourable Minister, we are here to educate the people of Matsapha on which perimeters to use when crossing the road. Matsapha is a high road activity area comprising of many individuals in search of a better living, and the current ongoing earthworks have provided an accessible dangerous crossing opportunity for people to utilise when crossing the road,” he said.
He added that it was for this reason that the Road Safety Council and Stakeholder Alliance came together, to show the people of Matsapha where there were available safe pedestrian crossings such as overhead bridges and zebra crossings, to ensure that no more fatalities were recorded during the on-going road works. Minister Dlamini said that about 38 000 cars voyaged on that road daily, therefore it was a high traffic threshold were countless lives could be lost if pedestrians were not careful.
“I commend road safety stakeholders for joining hands in ensuring that the fatal road crashes involving pedestrians along the Matsapha-Manzini road are eradicated through the dissemination of road user knowledge. This seems to be a mammoth task, but such a well organised campaign guarantees a proper outreach to the affected people,” she said. She then urged all pedestrians to all practise befitting road safety conduct at all times, saying that “one life lost is one life too many”. Other prominent keynote speakers on the day included the Royal Swaziland Police National Commissioner of Police, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport Portfolio Committee Chairman and the Kwaluseni Member of Parliament, amongst others.