According to the United Nations, across the world, about 1.3 million people die every year on road accidents and about 50 million people are injured. A Road Safety Annual Report (2013) conducted by The International Transport Forum, ranked South Africa the worst out of 36 countries, when it came to road fatalities. According to the study, road accidents in South Africa had an estimated economic cost of R307 billion each year.
South Africa has adopted UN’s Decade for Action 2011-2020 to improve road safety. At Koleko, we believe that road safety is an integral part of planning and development of new roads. It is also an important element that has to be considered while upgrading existing roads and while conducting maintenance operations. There are several focus areas within Road Safety and they are:
Evaluation/ Assessment – evaluation of existing conditions, conducting a safety audit, accident statistics, identifying potential hotspots
Education and Awareness – educating communities, schools, and relevant officials on road safety, causes and effects, contributing factors and safe practices.
Engineering–engineering solutions that can improve road safety. This involves changing the geometry or alignment of the road, increase sight distance, increase visibility, reducing speed and reducing conflicting points.
Management– the national pedestrian safety management plan required provinces to identify hazardous locations and to implement solutions. Koleko can help develop tailor-made solutions and help conduct workshops on road safety.
Enforcement– this is one of the most critical elements in achieving the road safety goals. Koleko can help devise strategies to enforce road safety, thereby making our roads safer and save lives.
Road Safety Engineering Assessment
This is a screening process to establish the road safety status of sections of an existing road network. It is a set of predefined key indicators to determine the feasibility of safety improvements of such a section. The road safety engineering assessment process provides a list of prioritized locations that should be further investigated.
Road Safety Audit
This is a formal examination process of a new or upgrading project where interaction with road users takes place, in which an independent and qualified team identifies potential road safety problems and suggest measures to mitigate those problems. The road safety audit process results in a report describing potential safety concerns that should be reconsidered prior to advancing to the next stage of the design process or to physical construction or taking over completed construction works.
Road Safety Appraisal
This is a systematic examination process of an existing road location, in which an independent and qualified team reviews onsite conditions and availabel historical evidence to identify existing or potential road safety problems and suggest measures to mitigate those problems. The road safety appraisal process results in a report describing potential safety concerns on-site and suggested remedial measures.
Road Safety Projects:
N12 Wolmaranstaad Road Safety Appraisal: In 2016, SANRAL appointed Koleko to conduct a road safety audit on the N12 section 14 from Fels street to KM 61 in North West province.
R555, R579 D1547 Road Safety Appraisal: In 2017 Koleko conducted a road safety appraisal on over 250 kms of class 2 roads in Limpopo. Extensive surveys were conducted to identify some of the potential risks due to geometric design, visibility, signage, etc. Vehicular counts, pedestrian and public transport counts were conducted at several intersections along the route. The safety hazards were categorized into high, medium and low risk.
N12 Road Safety: Koleko was appointed to conduct a safety study on a 150 km stretch of the N12 in North West province.