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High Visibility Enforcement Training Workshop for Metro Police
Road traffic injuries claim more than 1.2 million lives each year with a disproportionate impact on health and development. They are the ninth leading cause of death across all age groups globally and the leading cause among young people aged between 15 and 29 years, costing governments approximately 3% of GDP and 5% in low- and middle-income countries (World Health Organization, WHO. 2015).​

Reflecting on the urgency to pay attention to road safety, the EThekwini Municipality together with UNITAR, CIFAL Durban, DIAGEO and MILE hosted a High Visibility Enforcement Training Workshop for EThekwini Municipality Metro Police from 26-28 March 2018 at the Royal Hotel, Durban.

About 25 Metro Police officers are participating in the Learning Exchange which aims to promote road safety in KwaZulu-Natal. Together they will explore solutions, share best practices and discuss lessons to address road safety in the City. 

Cllr Barbara Fortein, EThekwini Municipality, Chairperson of the Governance and Human Resources Committee officially welcomed participants to the Learning Exchange, highlighting that road safety is crucial for cities. “The initiative is needed as a contribution to road safety. We need these measures to improve road safety in the province. During the Learning Exchange we seek to learn, discuss and find solutions to deal with Road Safety,” said Cllr Fortein. 

Ms Estrella Merlos, Associate Director, CIFAL Global Network, UNITAR, mentioned the pertinent role the City’s partnership with UNITAR plays in promoting Road Safety. “We hope that this is not the only initiative and that we work together to train and play an important role in the City. We are here to support, learn and share best practice. We are also here to learn from you as a close partner is this road safety initiative. 

EThekwini City Manager, Mr Sipho Nzuza identified road safety as a shared responsibility for all road users. “As a City we strive to promote road safety and as City leadership we are concerned about the safety of our pedestrians. Further education and enforcement is needed. Road Safety is a shared responsibility and involves all road users. This Learning Exchange will assist in addressing the road safety challenges we face, “said Nzuza. 

Head of eThekwini Transport Authority, Mr Thami Manyathi, provided the keynote address for the Learning Exchange, sharing insights into mobility and road safety in KwaZulu-Natal. 

“There is still a long way for us to go in terms of road safety. We need to see this as driving a new revolution. We need innovative approaches which requires bold action. It is about us rediscovering our humanity and making partnerships. We cannot do what is required with partnerships,” said Manyanthi. 

The event provided a conducive learning platform for participants to engage and share insights into improved road safety.
  
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