By ZBC reporter
ZIMBABWE and South Africa have embarked on a massive road safety awareness campaign aimed at ensuring the safety of travelers and drivers during the busy festive season.
In view of the increase in inter-country traffic movement during the festive season holiday, Zimbabwe and South Africa have joined forces to carry out road safety awareness campaigns.
It emerged during the launch of the campaign in Gwanda that the leading cause of death in the two neighbouring countries are road accidents.
South Africa road accident Fund, Statistics and Reporting Road Safety Manager, Ndrabi Mahlangu encouraged motorists to observe road traffic regulations as it has been observed that most accidents occur as a result of human error.
“In South Africa, 40 people die in accidents every day and 14 thousand every year so we need our road users to change their attitudes because we cannot continue like this,” said Mahlangu.
Matabeleland South provincial Minister of State, Abednico Ncube said the operation between the two countries is a SADC initiative.
“Zimbabwe has always partnered South Africa in different aspects for mutual benefit of our citizenry . The aim of this campaign is to reduce the number of accidents on our roads,” he said.
The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe Acting Director, Enerst Muchemwa revealed that by 2025 all the road signs will be replaced by those recognised in all SADC countries.
“I would like to take the opportunity to inform the local authorities here present that the law prescribes that by 31 December 2025, you should have removed all the old signs and replace them with SADC signs which are pictorial in nature,” said Muchemwa.
The awareness campaign that will run from the 18th to 23rd of this month will be carried out along the Bulawayo- Beitbridge road where 49 accidents were recorded last year.
Other routes to be covered under the joint operation are the Masvingo –Beitbridge road and Bubi area.
Similar campaigns will be conducted in South Africa between the 8th and the 13th of January.