Friday, 18 January 2019 12:09

Royal support for Unisa road safety meeting

On 29 November 2018, the Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa (IDRA) and the Department of Police Practice, both in Unisa’s College of Law (CLAW), hosted a road safety awareness event in the community of Makapanstad, the seat of the Moretele Local Municipality in the North West province.

In attendance were the spokesperson of the Road Traffic Management Corporations (RTMC), National Taxi Alliance (NTA), King Nchaupe Makapan III, Fire and Emergency services from Moretele, Makapanstad primary school teachers, Makapanstad primary school scholar patrols and the local traffic departments. Through Lekgotla La Batho, its community engaged participatory research project, IDRA has been engaging with the community and issues of road safety emerged constantly. A number of deaths occurred in this area due to road-safety-related issues. This initiative was graced by an attendance of national spokespersons exchanging views, opinions, ideas and future initiatives on road safety.In attendance were the spokesperson of the Road Traffic Management Corporations (RTMC), National Taxi Alliance (NTA), King Nchaupe Makapan III, Fire and Emergency services from Moretele, Makapanstad primary school teachers, Makapanstad primary school scholar patrols and the local traffic departments. Through Lekgotla La Batho, its community engaged participatory research project, IDRA has been engaging with the community and issues of road safety emerged constantly. A number of deaths occurred in this area due to road-safety-related issues. This initiative was graced by an attendance of national spokespersons exchanging views, opinions, ideas and future initiatives on road safety.


Road safety is a concern for all South Africans, and, through this initiative, it was evident that the community was given an opportunity to engage with the relevant stakeholders on road safety issues in the community. Dr Motlatso Mlambo, an IDRA Senior Researcher, highlighted the purpose of the event by mentioning that tomorrow’s road accidents should be prevented at all cost. She indicated that, according to the World Health Organisation, road accidents are the ninth leading cause of death worldwide.

 

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