In an effort to continuously achieve a Zero Harm environment, Eskom joined forces with various stakeholders this week to promote vehicle road safety awareness at their Free State Operating Unit ahead of the festive season.
The campaign forms part of Eskom’s continuous efforts to reach Zero Harm to its staff, the public and the environment. Stakeholders included ER24, Mangaung Metro, Mercedes-Benz, the Department of Transport, the SAPS, Vodacom, TyreTrack and Drive Cam.
The intention is that staff act as guardians and promote safety awareness amongst their families and friends. The General Manager of Eskom’s Free State Operating Unit, Lindi Mthombeni, warned people not to take unnecessary risks while driving.
“A car is like a fully loaded gun. If not handled carefully, it will kill many innocent people, when in doubt, don’t,” says Mthombeni.
ER24’s Sidney Venter emphasised that there's no room for taking risks when driving. He says he and his team see on a daily basis the immense regret experienced by someone who has caused an accident resulting in the death of another person.
“Talking on cell phones or texting while driving, not wearing seatbelts, and speeding remain some of the top causes of road fatalities. Don’t let your kids manipulate you into not wearing seatbelts. Fasten them to their seats in the correct way as this could be the difference between life and death for your child,” says Venter.
The staff of Eskom also made a safety pledge not to answer their phones and text while driving.
In September 2015, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) released their annual report which showed that more than 4 500 people died on South African roads during 2014/15.