President Cyril Ramaphosa (Centre), Minister Fikile Mbalula (Left)
and Premier David Makhura (Right)
President Cyril Ramaphosa urged all South Africans to change their behavior on the roads. He was speaking during the launch of October Transport Month on the N3 Highway Southbound, Heidelberg Weighbridge, on 04 October 2019.
He sent a strong message about road safety: “Our roads won’t become safer unless we change our attitudes as road users. Safer roads do not begin with more police and greater enforcement. Safer roads begin with what we think, feel and do as we begin our journeys as pedestrians, drivers, passengers or cyclists.
Safer roads begin with providing safe and comfortable transport for workers, instead of bundling large numbers of people onto the backs of exposed vehicles, in clear disregard of the value of life or in violation of our law. We all have a right to safety and it is up to each of us to create that safety through our own conduct. It is up to each of us not to drink and drive. Ever. We must arrest this dire situation for the sake of preserving the health of our people and the productivity of our country.”
President Ramaphosa launched OTM together with the Minister of Transport Mr Fikile Mbalula and together with the Gauteng provincial department also unveiled the Arrive Alive programme. The new programme will focus on improving road safety through a 365- day road safety agenda to transform road user behaviour.
Minister Mbalula said public transport needed to be made safer and more efficient.
“We intend to open a major social dialogue about funding our transport ...but it’s not enough, we need to expand that. We need to move people from the roads to rail.”