Media houses key in road safety awareness: Senator Mutsvangwa

By ZBC Reporter
Media organisations have been lauded for their crucial role in spearheading road traffic safety awareness in order to prevent deaths due to road traffic accidents.
Apart from causing the loss of precious lives, it is estimated that Africa loses 100 billion US dollars annually from road carnage. This Friday, the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) held its seventh edition of the Road Safety Journalistic Awards in the capital in recognition of the role the media play in spearheading awareness on road safety.
Guest of Honour at the awards ceremony Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa lamented the fact that many road accidents are preventable, adding that it is everyone’s duty to reduce road accidents.
“Many lives are being lost due to ignorance and failure to adhere to road safety rules. We acknowledge the role the media is playing to ensure that everyone has information and knowledge to deal with precarious situations on the roads,” she said.
Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Honourable Joel Biggie Matiza said the government’s ongoing road rehabilitation programme is key to reducing accidents.
“Across the country works are underway to ensure that our roads are to the required standards,” he said.
TSCZ Acting Board Chairperson Dr Gift Machengete said his organisation has expanded its road safety awareness programmes.
“We have in place various programmes to ensure that each motorist and road user is educated on the safety precautions on the roads and we have engaged several partners for that cause,” he said.
Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) Board Chairperson Engineer Michael Madanha said the Road Fund is a vital resource to upgrade the country’s roads.
“My organisation is playing a key role in ensuring that the funds raised are directed to efficient roads rehabilitation in order to reduce road accidents,” he said.
Journalists from several media houses scooped prizes in the different categories for their outstanding work of disseminating information on road traffic awareness during the year 2019.