The Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga in collaboration with key stakeholders launched the highly anticipated 2024 Easter Road Safety Campaign on Wednesday, 20 March 2024 in Mkhondo, Mpumalanga.

The Easter campaign signifies a period of heightened awareness in order to ensure safer roads for all travellers during the upcoming Easter long weekend.

The campaign was led by Minister Chikunga alongside the MEC for Public Works, Roads and Transport in Mpumalanga, Mr. Mandla Ndlovu, and MEC Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Mr. Vusie Shongwe. The launch began with prayer sessions at various accident-prone locations, led by prominent members of different faiths who prayed for road safety.

The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about road safety and decrease the number of accidents on the roads during Easter.

According to Minister Chikunga, the 2024 theme “Fika Usaphila” (Arrive Alive) emphasizes the importance of being cautious and making safe choices while traveling to prevent accidents and ensure a safe arrival at one’s destination.

Easter is a time for celebration, but it is also a time when roads can be more dangerous due to increased traffic and holiday festivities. Therefore, road users are reminded to:

  1. Ensure your vehicle is roadworthy and in good condition.
  2. Avoid driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  3. Obey speed limits and drive according to the conditions.
  4. Take regular breaks to avoid fatigue.
  5. Always wear your seatbelt and ensure all passengers do the same.
  6. Be mindful of other road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.

By following these simple tips, we can all do our part to ensure that our roads are safe for everyone this Easter. Let’s make sure that the only thing we’re celebrating this holiday is the joy of being with loved ones, and not the sadness of a preventable road accident. 

Drive safely!