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GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY PARTNERSHIP- 3rd AFRICA ROAD SAFETY SEMINAR, CAPE TOWN

This is the third year of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety. The Africa Region still has some of the highest rates of road traffic deaths globally and road traffic crashes are the fourth leading cause of death in persons 5 to 44 years. However, young people are not only victims of road crashes. In the 10 years of the Decade, some youths will have grown into leadership positions and will be able to influence policy decisions and implementation of technology. For these reasons we have decided to dedicate this, the 3rd Africa Road Safety Seminar, to the safety of children and youths in the urban environment of our African cities.

The Seminar is aimed at all road safety stakeholders in South Africa and other countries in the Africa Region, and all role players who may have an interest and role to play in the implementation of the UN Decade of Action objectives; including Government Departments, NGOs and Corporates. Kindly visit: http://wired.ivvy.com/event/AFRICA for more information on the Seminar.

The seminar is scheduled as follows:

Dates: Tuesday, 12 August 2014 & Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Time: 09h00–17h00 (both days)

Venue: Southern Sun Hotel (Cape Sun), Cape Town (South Africa)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO CHARGE TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR, BUT GRSP RESERVES THE RIGHT TO LIMIT ATTENDANCE. It is therefore important to register as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment. Registration for the seminar is now open. Kindly register at: http://wired.ivvy.com/event/AFRICA NOW or before close of business on Friday, 11 July 2014.

 

It cannot be business as usual with 1 376 road deaths over the festive season

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

The recently released road traffic crash statistics clearly indicate that more still needs to be done in order to curb the carnage on our roads. Admittedly, campaigns and programmes have been put in place by various sectors including; national and provincial government, business and NGOs. However, the figure of 1 376 fatalities as released by Minister Dipuo Peters on 9th January 2014 indicates that the number of road crashes is escalating. For instance, 937, 1 050, 1 358, 1 232 and 1 279 lives were lost in December 2009, December 2010, December 2011 and December 2012 respectively. Annually, close to 14 000 deaths are recorded each year and thousands more are injured as a result of road traffic crashes in South Africa.

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ROAD DEATHS LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH AMONGST YOUNG PEOPLE, ALCOHOL ABUSE A MAJOR FACTOR

SPEECH BY DONALD GRANT, Minister of Transport and Pulic Works Western Cape, at the Safe Roads 4 Youth South Africa- Youth Day on the 16 June 2014 at the Sports and Recreation Centre in Belhar, Cape Town.

Good morning ladies and gentlemen, road safety partners, en die veilige gemeenskap van Belhar. It is my honour to be here today to celebrate Youth Day 2014; a day which has come to highlight the role that young people have played, and will play in building this great country of ours. To ensure that young people are able to reach their full potential and help to take this country forward, we must work together to rid our society of social ills, which far too many young people fall victim to daily. Notable of those ills are drug and alcohol abuse, the latter being what I would like to speak about today.

South Africa has one of the highest per capita alcohol consumption rates in the world, with over 30% of the population said to be struggling with an alcohol problem or on the verge of having one. Alcohol has managed to creep into many aspects of ordinary South African life, and very often with the most disastrous of outcomes. Some of the most devastating results of excessive alcohol consumption can be found on our roads, which have become a daily scene of horror and death. You need only look at the country's road crash statistics, of which alcohol is a leading cause, for an idea of the impact that alcohol abuse has on all South Africans. Even if you do not drive under the influence of alcohol, the chances that you are sharing the road with someone who is drunk are extremely high.

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The largest research-action project about drink driving amongst youth, SAFE ROADS 4 YOUTH, reveals valuable insights in South Africa

Safe Roads 4 Youth is "the first scientific project that studies simultaneously the impact of community-based interventions on youth and drink driving in three different countries (Argentina, South Africa, Vietnam) and very different cultural environments," highlights Dr Jean-Pascal Assailly, senior researcher at the IFSTTAR (French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Spatial Planning, Development and Networks) and scientific adviser of the project.

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