Safety joint operation underway on Trans-Kalahari Corridor

27 Jul 2017 18:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 27 JUL (NAMPA) – An annual safety joint operation started on the Trans-Kalahari Corridor on Monday and will run through to Friday.
The Trans-Kalahari Corridor is a highway that provides a direct route from Walvis Bay via Windhoek the Namibian capital, through Botswana to Pretoria and Johannesburg in Gauteng province in South Africa.
The operation is taking place at the Swakopmund roadblock where law enforcements are checking vehicles to ensure they adhere to road safety rules.
It is organised by the Ministry of Works and Transport in conjunction with the two members of the corridor, South Africa and Botswana.
It brought together police officers from the three countries, immigration and customs officials, traffic officers from Swakopmund, City of Windhoek traffic officers, environmental officers from Namibia.
There are also officials from the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund in the three member states involved.
Elaborating on the event, Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Transport Julius Ngwedha told Nampa on Thursday that the aim is to sensitise the public and users of the corridor to stay safe.
“We are here to also enforce safety and security measures on the road, remind users what they can do to avoid accidents and death.”
He said activities include disseminating information to drivers especially truck drivers and passengers about such thinga as adherence to road signs and safety rules like wearing seatbelts and keeping speed limits.
“We are looking at whether truck drivers are trained on how to use fire extinguishers on their vehicles, displaying caution signs on dangerous chemicals transported by their vehicles,” said the ministry’s spokesperson.
He said a number of illegal immigrants were apprehended at the roadblock on Monday.
Ngwedha said the next joint operation will take place in South Africa next year.