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RMI becomes a member of the Road Safety Partnership SA – a word from RMI’s CEO

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The RMI is proud to have signed up as a new corporate partner of the Road Safety Partnership South Africa in an effort to reduce road traf­fic crashes and pedestrian-related fatalities in all of South Africa’s communities.

For those of you who are not familiar with this non-profit organisation, it is part of a global organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Road Safety Partnership South Africa (RSP SA) was registered as a Section 21 company in 2007. Its function is to broker partnerships between government, business and civil society organisations that are dedicated to reducing death and injury on the roads in South Africa.

Coupled with our strong drive for periodic testing, we believe that this partnership will be another meaningful platform to lobby for a safer South Africa. The collaboration with other like-minded organisations that are committed to addressing the road safety challenges affecting South Africa will allow us to combine our resources and knowledge to implement sustainable interventions to reduce the number of deaths on our roads. The organisation is chaired by Eugene Herbert and members of RSP SA include government agencies, road safety experts, engineering companies, NGOs and corporates.

The RMI fully supports the belief of RSP SA that the challenges of road safety in South Africa must be addressed through holistic interventions. These interventions include education programmes, engineering and law enforcement, which will reduce the number of road traffic crashes and pedestrian fatalities in some of South Africa’s hazardous road traffic crash locations.

The objectives include brokering partnerships between business, civil society and government agencies that are dedicated to the sustainable reduction of death and injury on South Africa’s roads, supporting programmes that provide road safety education to learners and communities that are in the proximity of hazardous road hotspots, bringing together road management specialists, engineering agencies and government to improve and reconstruct hazardous road traffic crash hotspots, supporting law enforcement by aligning our members’ programmes with these enforcement initiatives and developing a model of good practice through monitoring and evaluation, which can be used by other countries with similar road conditions and safety challenges.

These objectives align with the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety’s five pillars namely Road Safety Management, Safer Roads and Mobility, Safer Vehicles, Safer Road Users and Post-crash Response.

We believe that by partnering with the RSP SA we will have a greater impact in our efforts and will be able to join other members speaking out on broader issues of road safety in order to give this critical issue the necessary prominence it deserves.

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Jakkie Olivier - RMI CEO