The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, MEC, Mxolisi Kaunda, launched Transport Month with a series of activities aimed at reducing road accidents and negligence of drivers and pedestrians. The launch was held at People Park in Durban, on Thursday, 4 October.

The campaign, held under the theme “Together We Move South Africa Forward” included a number of activities which started in Chesterville and MNR ranks, in Warwick Avenue, Durban, where the department visited taxi drivers and passengers to view the conditions of the vehicles that transport the public. The MNR taxi rank offices were also launched. The activities consisted of a road block on the M4, which was aimed at inspecting unroadworthy vehicles and conducting early morning raids in Point Road buildings which was supervised jointly by the SAPS, RTI and Metro Police.

The department scored a decline of 1.2% in road accident during the period of February to June this year, and aims to use the month of October as a build-up to the festive season safety plan to ensure that during the December holidays and beyond, people are safe both on the road and in the community. The safety plan includes injecting vigilant habits in the minds of all road users, such as adhering strictly to the rules of the road, pedestrians and passengers remaining vigilant at all times and exercising their right to speak out for their safety.

The MEC said, “Our duty as the department, and citizens at large, is to ensure that we remain steadfast in all our efforts to further reduce road crashes and fatalities. To further strengthen our law enforcement resources in the province, today we are handing over an additional fleet with advanced equipment that will be used by RTI and Metro Police solely to deal with offenders on the province’s roads.”

The launch was also attended by eThekwini Mucipality Mayor, Councillor Zandile Gumede, MEC of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube- Ncube, SANTACO Chairperson of KZN Region, Boy Zondi, Siphiwo Mxhosa from South African National Road Agency (SANRA),
Zama Nomnganga from Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and
Ntsoaki Kunene from the Road Accident Fund (RAF).