The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is appealing to all South African road users to reflect on the seriousness of the physical, emotional, financial and mental effects of car crashes this Easter.
Road accident statistics by the Road Traffic Management Corporation indicate that 332 people perished over the Easter weekend in 2018. Pedestrian deaths were the highest, followed by those of passengers, drivers and cyclists respectively.
Weekly the RAF sends out its deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those who perish due to car crashes, and appeals regularly to road users to #AlwaysRemember that road safety is a shared responsibility for all concerned. Human factors remain the biggest cause of most road accidents.
In the 2017/2018 financial year, 271,933 new claims were registered with the RAF and 203,493 where finalised. This is an increase of 35% in the number of newly registered claims and an indication that some South African road users disregard the call to contribute towards improving the economy and bettering their lives, including that of their own communities.
As the caring arm of the government, we appeal to all road users to collaborate with us in addressing the road accident scourge. Let us discuss road safety with our loved ones and spread the word about the social and economic impact of road accidents. Efforts of this nature will renew road safety consciousness and contribute towards fewer car crashes and fatalities.
It is time to unite as a nation and confront the emotional, financial, psychological, and physical cost of road accidents. Car crashes destroy families, including the hopes and dreams of many. Let us think about this while respecting the road.
Let us not meet by accident.
For more information about the RAF, kindly visit the website on www.raf.co.za.
The public can also follow us on social media for more information: Twitter (@RAF_SA), Facebook (@RoadAccidentFund) and Instagram (@raf_road).
Democratic Alliance (DA), African National Congress (ANC) and
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are working together to provide housing in the
community of Zandspruit.
DA Johannesburg Mayor Cllr Hemman Mashaba and MMC for Housing
Meshack van Wyk revealed the parties’ alliance when they conducted an oversight
visit to Zandspruit. The community mostly affected and in most urgent need for all political
parties to unite and provide proper housing, according to Mashaba.
The mayor’s visit marked the official launch of a project that will
lead to the construction of 7000 housing units to replace shacks. The oversight
visit also aimed to ensure that all processes planned for extensions 83, 84 and
85 are followed to enable the multi-party government to deliver services
“Last year, I came to listen
to the residents’ problems and challenges,” the Mayor said in an interview with
the Chronicle. “They then showed me the land that the city can use to develop
and provide the community with stands. I prepared a report to the council and
it was approved that we can go ahead.”
In the history of
Johannesburg, the mayor said, this is the first time that all political parties
were willing to work together on a particular project.
“From day one, the provincial government wanted to collapse our
multi-party government in the city of Johannesburg,” Mashaba said. “Multi-party
government is so important when it comes to community development. I think I
will use this project as a model throughout the city. We want to do away with
informal settlement over the next 10 to 15 years.”
Mashaba added that the City of Johannesburg is in discussion with
Eskom to assist the community with proper electrification.
Nkosi Mthembu,who has lived in Zandspruit for the past 19
years, said it was a promising sign to
see all political parties going for the same goal.
“What we want is proper infrastructure in our community,” he said.
“Politicians always come to us with different ideas especially towards
elections. But this time I hope their promises will stand.”
“It is every Christian’s duty to pray against crime and violence,
and we will continue doing that,” said 21ST Century Glorious Youth
Movement cofounder Phuti Moyaha.
Moyaha spoke during a prayer march held in Cosmo City on 21 March
2019. The annual prayer march started from Cosmo City Church in extension 3
with scores of congregants and community members attending. Community members
identified several crime hotspots and the congregants
stopped in those places for prayers and
“We do this every year in different communities,” Moyaha said, “but it is our first time to mobilize
people to pray for Cosmo City. We understand there has been a lot of disturbing
stories in this community.”
“We are here to ask for divine intervention from God so that whatever
violent activities are happening in these communities come to an end. We cannot
accept this as a normal thing in our society.”
It is important to get the young people involved in positive
community issues, Moyaha added. Over the past
seven years, the 21st Century Glorious Youth Movement has provided a platform to equip young people to deal with everyday challenges.
Protesting and destruction of infrastructure are not
necessary for community development, according to
Moyaha, but prayers are.
“People must also acknowledge that even with our liberation
movement, prayer proved to be the key leading to
our independence. However, it is not all about just praying without acting, “he said.
21st Century Glorious Youth
Movement and various churches also need to
engage with organisations in Cosmo City to stop crime and violence, said
Cosmo City residents speaking to the Chronicle said they were happy
for the community to be considered for such prayers.
“After what has been happening in the community,” Nomsa Ndlovu said, “I think such prayers were much needed. We hope this will lead to peace in our community.”
About 300 people enjoyed a day of fun
completing a doggy obstacle course with their canines at a Muddy Puppy event at
The Wedge Outdoor Park in Muldersdrift on the 31st of March.
Oneplan Pet Insurance hosts the Muddy Puppy,
which is usually a 4 km fun run or walk offering loads of hindrances and many
mud baths, according to their website.
The pet insurance company was originally involved in obstacle racing for humans
when they opened a training centre at a dog-friendly place, said Lesley
Delport, owner of the Muddy Puppy. “We were setting up one day and we happened
to see some woman going over an obstacle with her dog. So we decided to combine
And that is how the Muddy Puppy was
This was the first time that Oneplan held
the event at The Wedge, said Delport. The five-hour long affair started at 7 am,
when people arrived with their pets. “We can have up to 600 dogs at an event in
the morning,” Delport said. Dog-lovers pay a R160 entrance fee, while their
dogs get to tag along for free, according to an ad on the Muddy Puppy website. A
lot of regulars showed up to support, Delport said.
“I didn’t really expect to see so many
people,” said Warrick Ward, owner of The Wedge. “It was actually a pleasant
surprise. A lot of guys came out to have a look at it.”
He said he was also quite surprised that
the dogs were so well-behaved and that no fights broke out.
“We’ve actually been very lucky,” said
Delport. “We’ve had scuffles at the most.”
The organization created a color-coding
system to keep the dogs from barring their teeth at each other. If a dog is
temperamental or unsocial, they wear a red or yellow bandanna around their neck
and all the other owners know to keep their pets at a safe distance, she said.
“People respect that.”
Search and Rescue participants were also at
the event to ensure the safety of individuals as well as Man’s Best Friends.
“We work with many guide dog associations,” said Delport.
The Muddy Puppy supports a different
charity for each event, she said. These charities include SA Basset Adoptions,
Cause 4 Paws, Wollies Animal Project, Yorkie Rescue South Africa and many more,
according to their webpage.
The dog charities are usually in charge of
washing the dogs after the race and they charge R30 per canine, Delport said,
with all the proceeds from the dog baths going to the chosen charities.
The charity supported at The Wedge was The
Society for Animals in Distress, which is the single-largest professional
welfare veterinary care provider in South Africa, according to their website. A percentage of the
day’s profit also went to this charity. Each time someone entered the race,
they indirectly helped save a domestic animal from a needy community.
The race consisted of a 2 km walking trail
with some mud slides, a muddy dam, a slip-and-slide and small obstacles for the
dogs to jump over or crawl through. The dogs could also get splashed with
“I’ve never done anything like this with
the dogs before and I didn’t know how they were going to react,” said Anna
Huysamen, a participant.
Her dogs refused to go over some of the
obstacles, Huysamen said. They sometimes crawled underneath instead of jumping
over, she said.
Onlookers could hear the chants of many owners
encouraging their dogs to jump over hindrances, while their pets ignored them
and maneuvered around the obstacles.
“My favorite part was when we had to walk
through the muddy water,” Huysamen said. “I fell into the mud a few times, but
I still had a great time. I know my dogs enjoyed it as much as I did.”
Every time dogs finished the race, they
received medals and had their pictures taken.
“All in all, it was a very successful day,”
said Ward, adding that he hopes to accommodate the Muddy Puppy again when it
returns in the summer months. He also said he plans to have a better trail that
stretches onto the rest of the property. Some of the participants had to
complete the course three or four times, he said. “Next time we’ll have one
trail where some can run 2 km and others can track over 5 or 6 km down one
There are no upcoming events planned, according
to the Oneplan website. The Muddy Puppy is held about seven or eight times
during the summer months, because of the mud obstacles, said Delport. They also
host in Durban and Cape Town. For more information contact the Muddy Puppy
coordinators at email@example.com