“These accidents leave families bereft of hope and grief-stricken during a time that is meant to celebrate the birth of Christ”
THE NORTHERN Cape festive season road safety campaign was launched in Colesberg yesterday.
Speaking at the launch, the MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Lebogang Motlhaping, stated that the objective of the campaign was to reduce accidents and road fatalities.
“These accidents leave families bereft of hope and grief-stricken during a time that is meant to celebrate the birth of Christ,” said Motlhaping.
“As we know, the festive season is characterised by increased volumes of road users on their way home or visiting loved ones. Increased levels of traffic on the road demand higher levels of vigilance from drivers and pedestrians, but also places severe strain on resources of our traffic management systems. We have, however, processes in place that draw strength from a strong collection of law enforcement agencies and stakeholder parties to ensure that we are on the roads in numbers, checking compliance and bringing those to book who endanger the lives of others with their recklessness and negligence.
“This year our theme is ‘Roads have Stories’. Here and there, at the side of our roads, we see little memorial shrines where family and friends remember those who died. One cannot help but wonder who it was, where were they on their way to, how did this happen and who came here to weep at their loss? These stories are real and we should stay reminded of their devastating effect,” Motlhaping added.
“Even though the Northern Cape accident statistics on road fatalities have been the lowest on average nationally compared to other provinces, we need to work smarter, better and faster to further reduce accidents,” he added.
Motlhaping highlighted the following as “critical accident-prone routes”:
The R31 – Hotazel/Kuruman/Danielskuil/Barkly West/Kimberley, where most accidents are fatal due to daily heavy traffic from mining and other activities.
The N18 – Warrenton/Jan Kempdorp/Hartswater/Taung, where most accidents are fatal due to daily heavy traffic from farming and other activities.
The N12 – Christiana/Warrenton/Kimberley/Modderrivier/Hopetown/Brits, where most accidents are fatal due to daily heavy traffic from tourism, business and other activities.
The N14 – Vryburg/Kuruman/Kathu/Olifantshoek/Upington/Kakamas/Springbok, where most accidents are fatal due to daily heavy congestion from mining, business and other activities.
The N8 – Groblershoop/Kimberley/Bloemfontein – heavily congested.
The R385 – Olifantshoek/Postmasburg/Danielskuil – heavily congested.
The N9 – Upington/Groblershoop/Britstown/De Aar/Hanover – seasonal congestion due to leisure and other activities.
The N1 – Bloemfontein/Colesberg/Richmond/Beaufort West – heavily congested due to business and holiday activities.
The N7 – Kamieskroon/Springbok/Steinkopf – heavily congested due to holiday activities.
– Norma Wildenboer