The National Road Transport Council (NRTC) has given a thumbs up to the newly established Accident Prevention and Public Education department within the Sincephetelo Motor Vehicle Accidents Fund (SMVAF).
This was announced by NRTC Chairman Sihlangu Nhlabatsi during a high level meeting between the NRTC and MVA Fund executive management to forge a collaborative working relationship with the aim of alleviating road carnage.
Nhlabatsi heaped praises on the Fund’s new proactive Seamless Sincephetelo 2024 operating strategy which he labelled as all-inclusive, saying that his organisation was ready to assist the Fund in developing a comprehensive road safety strategy which aimed at saving lives.
He said that in his decades as a member of the NRTC, it was the first time that both organisations’ management had gathered together to institute a collaborative partnership, therefore he felt strongly that the Fund was genuinely ready to engage with his organisation.
“This is the start of new beginnings for both our organisations where road safety is concerned. We are a very critical stakeholder as our over 4000 units which transport different members of society on a daily have all the experience to assist the Fund craft an extensive road safety strategy. This new collaboration will allow us to inform the strategy of all the red flags we come across on the road and in turn the Fund can implement interventions that can alleviate accidents at these major hotspots,” he said.
MVA Fund CEO David Myeni said that the purpose of the meeting was to introduce the officers of the Accident Prevention Department which is headed by Dumisa Dlamini, and assured the Council that the Fund’s doors were readily opened to listen to their road safety concerns.
“Our strategy has compelled us to forge collaborative partnerships with a number of key stakeholders with the NRTC being a major role player. We are looking at doing the same with your organisation so that we formalise our relationship with the signing of a MoU in order to create joint campaigns which will be initiated by the accident statistics received from the Royal Eswatini Police Service,” he said.
Myeni told the meeting that he was grateful for the opportunity to meet with the Council and exchange ideas, saying that he was also concerned about the increasing public service vehicle accidents which were taking the lives of many people hence the need to expedite relations between both entities.