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Third UN Global Road Safety Week 2015 'Children and road safety' (4-10 May, 2015)

Joint Media Release from Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa and partners

29 April 2015

Third UN Global Road Safety Week 2015 'Children and road safety' (4-10 May, 2015)

As part of "Improving global road safety"-a new UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution requested WHO and the UN regional commissions to facilitate organization of the 3rd UN Global Road Safety Week in 2015. These UN global road safety weeks serve as important platforms for concerted advocacy to address the problem of road trauma which claim over 1.3 million lives across the world annually. Global, regional and national events involve governments, civil society, foundations, academia and the private sector to save lives by improving safety on the roads. As milestone events on the global road safety calendar, UN global road safety weeks give added impetus to the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) and its goal of saving 5 million lives.


Global Road Safety Partnership and Safely Home Road Safety Workshop

GRSP ZA recently started to coordinate monthly road safety workshops together with the Western Cape Government’s Department of Transport and Public Works as well as Childsafe South Africa.


These monthly workshops are hosted by Childsafe at their head offices in Cape Town, and is held every last Thursday of the month i.e. just before the pay day weekend. In essence, the idea is for road safety messages to be spread amongst the collectively reached stakeholders. Available data indicates a spike in fatal crashes and fatalities during the pay-day weekend. The last Thursday of each month was therefore deliberately chosen for this reason.

 For more information on the GRSP ZA and Safely Home Road Safety Workshops and other road safety news please click here to download the GRSP ZA Newsletter - Issue no. 1 for 2015.


Letter of condolence to the Chabane family, Minister Peters and Government on the passing on of Minister Collins Chabane in a road traffic crash

Media Releasefrom the Global Road Safety Partneship South Africa (GRSP ZA)

17 March 2015

The Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa (GRSP ZA) would like to extend their condolences to the Chabane family, the Minister of Transport; Honourable Minister Dipuo Peters and the Government on the passing on of the Minister of Public Service and Administration; Honourable Minister Collins Chabane in a car crash on the morning of 15 March 2015. We also express our sincere condolences to the families of the two security details, Sergeant Lesiba Sekele and Sergeant Lawrence Lentsoane who passed on together with Minister Chabane. This is indeed a sad and difficult moment for the country.


Media Release from Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa (GRSP ZA)

12 January 2015

Road safety: a shared responsibility for all of us                                       

While the recently released road traffic crash statistics for the 2014-2015 festive season show a marginal decline from the corresponding figures of the 2013-2014 season, they still make for grim reading. According to the figures released by Minister Dipuo Peters on 9 January 2015, during the festive period spanning 1 December 2014 to 5 January 2015; a total of 1,118 fatal crashes with 1,368 fatalities were registered. The comparable figures for the same period in 2013-2014 were 1,147 and 1,376. This indicates a marginal decline of 2.5% and 0.6% for fatal crashes and fatalities respectively. Clearly the message is not getting across to our road users and judging by some early responses from the media, these figures seem to have resulted in some questioning the whole point of releasing similar figures year after year and whether the authorities are doing enough in order to curb the scourge of road traffic crashes. This is quite understandable and reveals a deep sense of frustration with the lack of progress in attempts to improve our appalling road safety record.


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