As a road safety practitioner at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport, Public Administration master’s graduate, Ms Edith Nompumelelo Moloi, has had first-hand experience of the carnage on the country’s roads.
Now Moloi aims to use her newly acquired knowledge to improve road safety strategies.
‘Part of my duties include organising and assisting in funerals of road accident victims. Having done this job for 10 years, I felt it was my duty to study issues which would assist me in carrying out those duties,’ she said.
Through her research titled: Assessing the community involvement in strengthening road safety strategies within uMhlathuze Municipality, Moloi ascertained that the Department of Transport and uMhlathuze Municipality have been working in silos in relation to road safety strategies, thus weakening attempts to involve communities in the process. The study was supervised by Professor Mogie Subban.
‘The study recommends that the two government entities set up community structures through public participation and provide a unified road safety strategy in their area.
‘In this way, it is hoped communities will take responsibility for their safety on the road and ensure compliance of the rules which in turn will reduce unnecessary accidents,’ said Moloi.
‘For the past 14 years, I have served the people of KwaZulu-Natal through managing the implementation of road safety projects in the Empangeni region. I am a fully committed public servant striving to serve communities with humility by getting involved with structuring road safety strategies,’ she added.
Words: Thandiwe Jumo
Photograph: Rogan Ward