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On the 6th of March a community activation event was held at Daku Kwazakhele township in the EC province  collaborating with SA Red Cross Societies: Eastern Cape provincial office and Department of Transport Eastern Cape province and RTMC, supported by Michelin foundation. The event was attended by community members including 20 learners from Masibambane High School

Sinesipho Ngcezula a student from the Nelson Mandela University shared a testimony on the impact of the project and and how lives of students and community members have been changed by the project “more than  500 people were reached and 70% of people reached were either learner drivers or licensed drivers’’

Sinesipho explained that several people targeted earlier in the year during outreaches approached Youth Road Safety Ambssadors during their activities to thank them for what they learnt during their sessions and monthly events and how it has impacted them to think more on road safety issues. “Some admitted that they have changed their behaviour to be conscious of the risk of accidents.”

Learners and community members received branded back bags from Michelin SA and  road safety reflector jackets  from The South African transport lead agency (RTMC) . 

The ambassadors, GRSP South Africa and other stakeholders directly interacted with the community, motorists, pedestrians and the taxi drivers.

The interaction involved few minutes talks /tips on road safety  and handout of road safety information packs.

This is indeed a worthy social educational investment in terms of road safety education and community empowerment

 



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The Safe to School - Safe to home 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.

 “ukuphepha kwabantwana bethu ,ukuphepha kwesizwe" ..(the safety of our children is the safety of the nation)


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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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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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