National Road Safety Strategy Engagement Summit in South Africa

South Africa has experienced a reduction in road traffic fatalities in recent years: from 15,419 in 2006 to 12,702 in 2014. This is fantastic, but South Africa will still have difficulties meeting the international aspirational goals set out by the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020: to achieve a 50% reduction by 2020.

This was deduced by the Transport Minister Dipuo Peters who attended the National Road Safety Strategy Engagement Summit last weekend. She pointed out that the country has a serious challenge with regard to road safety.

People injured or killed on our roads are often breadwinners in their families and important contributors to the economy at large. Therefore it is not an exaggeration to say that road crashes deny our people a right to pursue economic activities and deny their children the right to education.
— Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters

Also the National Department of Transport has undertaken the task of mobilizing views of stakeholders in the transport community, to contribute to the formulation of a road safety strategy for South Africa.

The strategy will serve as a blueprint for all road safety interventions that we must implement in our communities: in villages, townships and cities, to make our roads safer for the coming four years 2016 to 2020.

KNPO have met Ms Peters and other officials from the Ministry of Transport with the goal of protecting the most vulnerable of road users: the children, and to present our launch of the "SIM card initiative: a bright idea" campaign in South Africa at the end of the year.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and officials at the Summit

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and officials at the Summit