Easter Road safety campaign held

2016-03-31 06:00
PHOTO: supplied MEC for Transport, Willies Mchunu and HCM officials speak to a motorist at the Oribi Plaza toll.

PHOTO: supplied MEC for Transport, Willies Mchunu and HCM officials speak to a motorist at the Oribi Plaza toll.

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KWAZULU-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison­, Willies Mchunu launched the provincial Easter Road Safety Campaign on the Oribi Plaza (N2)­, last Thursday.

This year’s campaign focused on escalating the importance of respecting road signs and rules, the safety of roads users, primarily pedestrians and cyclists and multi-disciplinary enforcement operations targeting busy highways, which will be mounted across the province.

Mchunu said that Oribi Plaza (N2) links KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, which has a high number of people­ commuting between the two provinces during the holidays, including those who use taxi and buses to attend church services.

Mchunu and the KZN South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) leadership announced new, tight security measures at the Port Shepstone and Margate taxi ranks following violence that broke out last year involving various associations in the area.

The Port Shepstone taxi rank was one of first ranks where government-employed security guards were deployed.

Government says private companies in some instances fuel the violence­.

“Government will employ security guards to help reduce violence at the taxi rank. Access to taxi ranks will now be restricted,” said Mchunu.

KZN Santaco chairperson, Boy Zondi, said all they are asking for is that the security guards do their job properly.

“These security guards, when they are there, they must do their jobs properly­. Taxpayers’ monies and government­ has deployed them to make sure that citizens are safe.”

The Department of Transport’s plan is to secure and fence taxi ranks of and install security cameras.

Mandie Stander of the Burry Stander Foundation said she is happy about the partnership with DoT.

The MEC and Mandie Stander went to Burry Stander’s accident site and laid flowers in remembrance.

“Any partnership on road safety should be grabbed with both hands. The visit to the accident site was emotional for me, but was much appreciated,” said Stander.

Stander said she appreciates the opportunity she got to hand out bumper­ stickers to motorists, creating awareness of keeping the 1.5 metre distance away when travelling next to cyclists.

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