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Accident c/o N4 and Madiba Drive (Tiger Wheel)
Bus and Taxi c/o N4 and Madiba Drive (Tiger Wheel)
It has often been said that most of South Africa’s roads are a death trap. One cannot deny that the quality of roads, particularly in most urban areas with all its potholes, has deteriorated. But, according to Arrive Alive, an international study concluded that human error was the sole cause in 57% of all accidents, and was a contributing factor in over 90%.
At the recent road safety summit hosted by the Department of Transport, the departmental
minister highlighted the critical situation of Africa’s roads, saying that Africa
has the highest road death rate per population in the world – 32.2 people per 100
000 population are killed in road accidents. Africa’s road deaths were currently
over 200 000 a year and were predicted to rise by at least 80% by 2020. He said that
by 2015, road crashes would be the number one killer of children aged 5-
Closer to home, the statistics do offer some hope, however little. The Road Traffic Management Corporation reported in January that road death figures for December 2009 were 21% down compared with the same period the previous year. However, 1050 fatalities are still too many deaths and as the department has pointed out, road safety is everyone’s responsibility, so all South Africans have to play their part.
As part of the Municipality’s drive to support the Arrive Alive Campaign, we regularly
include a few clips from our Inner-
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