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Partnership to save lives of small children in the Du Noon community


On the 3rd May 2013, Chevron South Africa announced its collaboration with the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) to address road safety education in the Western Cape, specifically in the Du Noon community.

The Du Noon community situated alongside the N7, one of the Western Cape’s busiest transport routes, has a high prevalence of road accidents and incidents of pedestrian fatalities, making it an ideal candidate for a road safety intervention.

 


The latest World Health Organization Global Status Report on Road Safety indicates that pedestrians account for around 39% of deaths by Road User category in South Africa. 13.92% of the pedestrian fatalities were between the school-going ages of 5-19 years.

This specific program takes the form of a road safety education program, aimed at children in grades 1-4 .The teachers of these grades receive training on how to facilitate the program as part of the school syllabus; this training is conducted by the Department of Community Safety: Directorate Road Safety Management.

 

“Chevron realises that road safety is a shared responsibility and by working with the Directorate Road Safety Management we can successfully educate the communities in which we operate about safety on our roads.”

“As a member of the GRSP, Chevron seeks to address the risks facing our neighbouring communities in partnership with the Directorate Road Safety Management and schools in the affected areas,” says Miranda Anthony, Social Investment Manager for Chevron South Africa.

The Western Cape has a significantly higher number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities over the winter months, suggesting that light and weather conditions may be factors increasing crash risk for pedestrians.

 

Therefore, in addition to the education element of the programme, Chevron recognised the need to increase pedestrian visibility and sponsored reflective bags for all the children in grades 2-5 that attend these classes

 

“The situation in South Africa is that school children often have no choice but to cross very dangerous, high-risk intersections and roads – a hazardous task to perform with limited training and education. The age group of 5-12 years is considered to be most vulnerable because they are developmentally limited from estimating car distance and speed,” says Patrick Muchaka, programme coordinator for the Global Road Safety Partnership.

 

Stellenbosch University is responsible for the evaluation of the impact this program has .The university played a key role in identifying the most vulnerable communities by conducting, a baseline survey in 2012. The study involved children at Sophakama Primary school and Du Noon primary school. Observations were done over several days in order to gain insights into the challenges faced by schoolchildren walking to and from school.

 

While road infrastructure improvements are definitely taking place in Du Noon, these are costly and are likely to take time to be implemented. The visibility program therefore offers a short-term and less costly solution to the problem of the vulnerability of child pedestrians in that community.

 

Ends.

 

About Chevron

Chevron Corporation, the world’s second largest integrated energy company, markets its products in South Africa under the Caltex brand. Chevron South Africa operates a crude oil refinery with a name plate production capacity of 100 000 barrels a day. Operating 24/7, it produces petrol, diesel, jet fuel, liquefied gas and other products for South Africa and for export to other African countries. Caltex is one of the country’s top four petroleum brands, with more than 800 service stations nationwide.

Chevron is a major contributor to the region’s economic growth and has implemented wide-reaching social investment programs in health, education and economic development.

For more information visit www.caltex.co.za

Prepared and issued by FTI Consulting on behalf of Chevron South Africa

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