RTMC Road Safety Advisory Council launched

MINISTER of Transport, Dipuo Peters has launched the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s Road Safety Advisory Council, stating that this wonderful initiative is intended to ensure that South Africa has an aggressive and heightened programme on road safety to significantly reduce crashes on the roads and save lives.

“Road traffic fatalities are amongst the main causes of death in South Africa today. This results in serious social and economic costs for the country. The economic ramifications include the increase in the social development and health budgets spent. As a country we have committed ourselves to the implementation of the 2011-2020 United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety. We have committed ourselves to achieve this by implementing a 365 days road safety programme focusing on 4Es of Education (in partnership with Department of Education), Engineering, Enforcement and Evaluation. We are in the process of drafting the Mid-term Road Safety Country report as required.

“As government we recognise that we cannot succeed in reducing carnages on our roads if we act alone. We require the participation of civil society, professionals, non-governmental sector, academics and other sectors for us to make an impact. In 2013 at a National Road Safety Summit it was resolved that a National Road Safety Advisory Council be established to, amongst others, provide advice and guidance on road safety matters.”

After a public participation process where members of the public were in invited to nominate members to serve in the Council and in line with the resolution of the Road Safety Summit, the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s Shareholders Committee considered the names and recommended the appointment of members to serve on the National Road Safety Advisory Council. It is important to understand that the appointment of members of this council has been made on the basis of competency to ensure that membership reflects the best possible set of skills to deliver on key functions. Members of the council are not representatives of an organisation or stakeholder group. It is not a federation of community structures.

Adds Peters, “Let me deal with how this council will work. It is important to understand that the council is not going to deliver road safety initiatives directly. This will be done through RTMC, National Department of Transport and the Provincial Departments of Transport. The council will meet quarterly to provide inputs into the strategic direction, oversight and critical assessment of proposed road safety initiatives and campaigns. It will: Identify policy needs, engineering, public education, enforcement and community engagements measures to deliver: Safer roads; Safer travel speeds; Safer vehicles; Safer drivers; Overall safe road users; recommend to the CEO of the RTMC, the Shareholders Committee and relevant bodies the process that should be taken to implement those measures; evaluate the effectiveness of those measures and report to the CEO of the RTMC on its operations and achievements.”

The CEO of the RTMC may also request the RTMC’s Road Safety Advisory Council to undertake specific tasks on an ad-hoc basis. So are the HODs on Provincial specific issues.

The members of the Road Safety Advisory Committee are:
Herbert Vusumuzi Ngcamphalala from Pongola in Kwazulu Natal has staged Community Outreach programmes such as road safety campaigns working together with the Department of Transport and communities.
Ismai Amod has been involved in efforts to improve the quality of driver licencing in South Africa since 2000. He participated in an investigation led by Deloitte to investigate licensing fraud. He has conceptualised, developed, implemented and maintained computerised driving test system (Lpro) and an innovative road safety initiative (fatal move).
Eric Mafuyeka is involved in Community Outreach programmes and was a member of a task team from planning to launch of the Decade of Action Road Safety 2011 -2020. Project Co-ordinator of the long/short walk held on the 04 May 2013.
Paulina Ntebo Ramusi won the road safety speech competition as a student and is actively involved in community based initiatives. She served on the board of Siyazi Transportation Services which was tasked with the recapitalisation of taxis in Limpopo.
Jan Coetzee is a Chairman of ITS Engineers (Pty) Ltd. He has technical experience in the field of Road Safety and has served on Tshwane Road Safety Engineering Strategy, Ethekwini Road Safety Plan, N18 Taung Road Safety Audit, Mozambique Road Safety Plan, among others.
Nomaswazi Faith Lingwati is involved in directing Community Outreach Unit of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department; she conducts road safety lessons to nursery learners, primary schools, high schools and other members of the Community.
Innocentia Itumeleng Motau is a Managing Director: Shosholoza Operations and she actively participates in MSC logistics with truck drivers.
Pumza Patiswa Tuswa has been in the field of transport for more than ten years. She owns Edu- Fleet, a company that is fully accredited by TETA specialising in transport related training.
Ronnie Zondi Maswanganyi has previously participated as a safety marshal on both the Arrive Alive Road Safety Campaign and Speed Kills campaigns. He worked with the Department of Transport on law enforcement particularly on road safety matters.
Maria Mankwana Raoleka served as the Secretary of Gauteng Women in Public Transport (GWIPT). In August 2009 she was elected as a Secretary of South African Network for Women in Transport (SANWIT). She was further appointed by the Minister of Transport to become Road Safety Counsellor. In 2012 she was appointed by the Member of the Mayoral Committee of Transport in Johannesburg Ms. Rehana Mosajee to become Road Safety Champion Counsellor.
Themba Baloyi is a founding member and Director for Discovery Insurance and the former General Secretary of the Black Insurance Professionals of Southern Africa.
Eckart Kruger is an engineer and a consultant for the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa on vehicle safety issues and on technical matters.
Vernon Billet is from South African National Taxi Association (SANTACO). As a senior official in SANTACO he has played a key role on road safety campaign in the taxi industry.
John Mabida is a unionist and has served as Deputy President of the Police Prisons and Civil Rights Union. He has also been the chairperson of the Joint Mandating Committee of COSATU and the political head for collective bargaining.
Prof Marion Sinclair is an academic from the University of Stellenbosch where is responsible for coordinating road safety research. Previously she was the programme manager for Safer Roads Partnership for Hampshire and Isle of Wright in the United Kingdom.
Prof Roger Behrens is an academic from the University of Cape Town. He is the Director of the Centre For Transport and the Director of the African Centre of Excellence for Studies in Public and Non-Motorised Transport.
Skhumbuzo Mpanza is the General Secretary of the South African National Civics Organisation (SANCO). He has served as board at the KwaZulu Sharks Board.

States Peters, “We have taken these measures because we want to inculcate a culture of road safety awareness and taking responsibility for road usage. We are seeking to place road safety high on the agenda of every individual, family and interest group. We want our message to reach every sector of community be they school children, the youth and elderly. We have also partnered with the Disabled Association to work with survivors of road accidents to educate the public and warn them about the consequences of failing to obey the rules of the road. We will be piloting this partnership in five provinces with a high number of accidents namely Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West. These initiatives are part of concerted efforts that we are making, including new laws and regulations which we have introduced recently to curb fatalities on our roads.”

Concluding, “Let us begin to work together and build a South Africa we all aspire for. Congratulations to the Advisory Council Members, and we are looking forward to working with you and save lives on our roads.”