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                                                                                                 Our children's safety, is our pride.

The scholar transport project is an initiative sponsored by Toyota South Africa Motors pty (LTD), supported by ETA and implemented by GRSP ZA. The project focuses on improving the driving skills of the scholar transport drivers; raising awareness of the safety of children they are transporting; the safety of their vehicles and improve their knowledge of road safety with specific reference to the major risk factors. The participating schools in the project are part of "Toyota Teach schools", a TSAM outreach and CSR initiative.

The project is on its second phase and involves scholar transport drivers from Umgababa, Magabheni, Felekisi, Illovo, Amanzimtoti, Folweni and Adams. Most of the scholar transport drivers are affiliated to Siyakhula scholar Transport Association.

As part of the project the scholar transport drivers attended a training workshop hosted by South African Global Road safety Partnership and eThekwini Municipality supported by Toyota Corporate Social Responsibility senior manager Ms Philile Khuzwayo.

The workshop ran from 7– 11 January 2020 at Shozi Mazungu Hall, Lovu KZN, and covered the following:

  • Rules of the road and major road safety risks factors.
  • Fire-fighting training by eThekwini Municipality Fire Department.
  • Vehicle safety and maintenance.
  • Save a Life First Aid training - A customized first aid training specifically for scholar transport drivers.

The scholar transport drivers received participation certificates presented by TSAM, eThekwini Municipality and South African Global Road Safety Partnership.

 

 



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The Festive season is time for people, families and friends to travel to various destinations for religion, fun, leisure time and to be with family.

Due to increased traffic at this time, the holidays can also be a dangerous time for road users and pedestrians.

Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa urges drivers, pedestrians and other road users to consider the followings road safety tips:

Wear your seat belt

Always buckle up. Wearing your seat belt can reduce your risk of dying in a crash by about half. Also, make sure young passengers are buckled into appropriate safety seats.

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Don't drink and drive

Drunk driving is a major contributory factor to road crashes and road deaths in South Africa and the rest of the world. Driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs judgment and increases the risk of crashes and road deaths. The best protection is prevention: Be drug free, be alcohol free, be safe.

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Avoid Speeding

In terms of WHO Global report on road safety speeding is one of the risk factors that causes serious and fatal road crashes. During this festive holidays drive with caution and under legal prescribed speed limit. Plan you your trips properly to avoid the rush and last minutes decisions. Be a role model to your children and your loved ones, don't speed! Avoid speeding tickets, possible crashes, criminal records, arrests or even death.

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Motorcycle helmets

Motorcycle riders who do not wear a helmet run a much higher risk of sustaining any of these head and traumatic brain injuries, or a combination of them. Helmets create an additional layer for the head and thus protect the wearer from some of the more severe forms of traumatic brain injury. So always wear your helmet!

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Child restraints

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for all children. Child restraints, or car seats, reduce the risk of injury by 71% to 82% and reduce the risk of death by 28% in comparison to children in seat belts alone. All vehicle occupants need to be properly restrained by seat belts or child safety seats to prevent injury in case of a sudden stop, swerve or crash. Seat belts and car seats contact the strongest parts of the body, spread crash forces over a wide area, help slow down the body and protect the brain and spinal. Always restrain children.

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Distracted driving

Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction. Sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, and eating while driving are a few examples of distracted driving. Any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others. Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field. So, drive carefully and avoid using a cell phone.

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Carry an Emergency Kit

Always be prepared. The kit should include items that would come in handy if you are stranded on the side of the road or involved in a car crash.

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Pull off the Road if You Feel Tired

Regular and adequate rest breaks during a long driving journey is of fundamental importance to avoid driver fatigue.

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Have a wonderful festive season and thank you for your continued support!


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YOURS TRAINING IN PORT ELIZABETH WITH THE YOUTH ROAD SAFETY AMBASSADORS.

The training started on the 15th of July 2019 and it will run until the 18th of July 2019.

15 youth road safety ambassadors will receive capacity building and empowerment training focusing on personal development and road safety by the YOURS team.

The youth ambassadors are based at Nelson Mandela University under student chapter programme. The 15 youth ambassadors were selected from over 100 students through rigorous interviews by the South African Red Cross society (SARCS) provincial team and Global Road safety South Africa (GRSP ZA).

The empowerment and road safety training is a renowned training programme which has  been rolling throughout the world (Asia, Africa & Caribbean). The facilitators Manpreet Darroch and Alex Onyango are experienced trainers with over 10 years experience in youth and road safety.

By the end of the training, Ambassadors will be able to:

  1. Explain the road safety crisis facing young people globally and in their country and describe what factors put youth at risk.
  2. Identify the key risk factors in road safety; distracted driving, drink and drug driving and seatbelts.
  3. Demonstrate methods of influencing young people to develop a road safety culture in their communities; through peer education and campaigning.
  4. Develop the essential skills to be a strong road safety ambassador; presentation skills, communication skills, creative messaging and action planning. 

The youth ambassadors are expected to reach out and spread the word on road safety to over 6000 university students and through the outreach quarterly events to reach communities around Nelson Mandela University Campuses.

Road Safety Ambassadors programme phase 2 will run for a period of 14 months collaborating with SA Red Cross Societies: Eastern Cape provincial office and Department of Transport Eastern Cape province.


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Ekurhuleni Safe to School Home project – Scholar Patrol training and capacity building.

GRSP ZA together with Shell South Africa (Pty) Ltd and key stakeholders,  implemented the 'Safe to School - Safe to Home' (S2H – S2S) project in Gauteng.


The S2H-S2S project has been developed by GRSP International as a comprehensive, community-based road safety education programme encouraging all sectors to work together towards the protection of children on our roads. Overseen by the local lead authority (PTSC), the programme engages with enforcement, education and engineering sectors, as well as with children, parents and the broader school community.

Thus far, the S2HS2S project in Lungisani Primary School- Ekhuruleni Gauteng second phase of infrastructure development within schools has been completed ( erecting formal drop off and pick up/ waiting areas -putting up shelter and benches, developing speed humps, the increase of traffic lights on main roads, along with other road safety interventions done near schools on high risk motor vehicle collision spots).

The official Handover of Scholar Patrol kit and training by active education  was done on the 17th of October 2019.


The key stakeholders involved with the project in Gauteng are, the provincial Department of Education, the Department of Community Safety, EMDP , theEkhuruleni Municipality and Active Education.

Through this partnership the success of the project is premised on the stakeholders working together to achieve the project goals.


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SAFE 2 SCHOOL SAFE 2 HOME: SCHOLAR TRANSPORT PROJECT LAUNCH 

Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa launched one of its flagship projects called “Safe-to-School-Safe-to-Home  Scholar Transport” in Umlazi (KZN), 10 July 2019 sponsored by Toyota. Safe-to-School-Safe-to-Home  Scholar Transport is a project focusing on the drivers of vehicles transporting school children.

A Moment of Silence for all those lost and those affected  by road accidents was announced by Ms Siphindile Ngidi who opened and welcome stakeholders to the Safe-to-School-Safe-to-Home  Scholar Transport project Launch.

The president, Mr Andrew Kirby from Toyota South Africa Motors (Pty) Ltd (TSAM) graced us with his presence. “We have set ourselves a number of different targets and the most important one is to have 0% fatalities in road crashes”. Mr Andrew Kirby said the focus of the project is on key aspects: driver fitness, driver behavior, vehicle fitness, passenger behavior, schools, parents and community involvement and also compliance with policies and regulations.

GRSP ZA Chairperson, Ms. Ntobeko Mogadime said the project aims to not only improve the driving skills of the drivers but most importantly their awareness of the safety of  children they are transporting, the safety of their vehicles, their knowledge of road safety with specific reference to the major risk factors and their overall courteous and safe behaviour as drivers.

20 drivers will undergo a first responder training. The simulation driver training officially started on the 26th of June 2019 at Afro Fleet Driver Training Academy. The progress of the Safe-to-School-Safe-to-Home  Scholar Transport project is monitored by a stakeholder group comprising of representatives from the ETA, Toyota, GRSP South Africa, Department of Education, Department of Transport, Municipal Traffic Police, principals, drivers and service providers.

A special pledge was signed by delegates Mr Andrew Kirby:  President & CEO Toyota South Africa Motors (Pty) Ltd (TSAM), Ms Ntobeko Mogadime:  GRSP Chairperson (South Africa), Ms Ravina Sewlal:  EThekwini Transport Authority (ETA), Mr Mpofu Bonga: Department of transport (KZN.) and Mr Nzimande: Leaner Transport Drivers representative (KZN). This pledge commits all role players to working towards the goals and objectives of road safety.

 

 


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