NRSC revives regional road safety forums

13 Jul 2016 11:10am
RUNDU, 13 JUL (NAMPA) - The National Road Safety Council is planning to re-establish the Kavango East Regional Road Safety Forum.
The forum was established in 2012 and at the time catered for both the Kavango East and West regions.
The regional forums are meant to rally all regions to pull together in the same direction for Namibia to achieve the ambitious road safety goals as contained in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015.
The SDGs became the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expired at the end of 2015 whereby UN Member States adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure shared prosperity and foster global peace.
“Because some of the members that were part of the forum moved to Kavango West we need to re-establish the forum here. The boundaries of the region have also changed,” NRSC Executive Secretary Eugene Tendekule said at the meeting held here on Tuesday.
He said the region needs to address road safety issues that are pertinent to Kavango East and not the entire Kavango.
Tendekule informed the meeting that Namibia records 550 to 650 road fatalities per year which needs to be reduced by 50 per cent by 2020.
“How do we achieve that? We can only achieve it if every region contributes its part. If Kavango East can reduce this margin by 50 per cent and the same with Kavango West, Zambezi and all other regions then that will contribute to the total amount that the country wants to reach,” he said.
Tendekule said in most cases, regions have nothing or very little to offer in terms of preventative or remedial activities.
The Kavango West Regional Road Safety Forum was created last Wednesday.