United Nations Global Road Safety Week 2013

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Every year 1.3 million people are killed on the world’s roads and road crashes are the number one cause of death for children and young people Worldwide, road deaths are overtaking the number of deaths from TB and malaria, and within 20 years, more people will die on the roads than of HIV/AIDS.

Childsafe South Africa, based at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, will be joining many other organisations worldwide take action during Global World Safety Week 6–12 May 2013 (as part of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020).

Two initiatives are planned for this year:

1. United Nations Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May 2013)

  • This week is dedicated to pedestrian safety and requested by the UN to draw attention to the urgent need to protect pedestrians,
  • To generate action on the measures needed to do so
  • Contribute to achieving the goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety to save five million lives globally.

2. Long Short Walk

In memory of 13-year old Zenani Mandela, great-granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, who was sadly killed in a 2010 road crash.

  • The Long Short Walk is aimed to raise road safety awareness for all pedestrians
  • To encourage individuals and groups to participate in walks using safety materials and banners
  • To contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal on safe walking for all.

Childsafe SA Activities:

In line with the UN objectives, Childsafe SA have committed to the following actions:

  • Conducting road safety workshops with bus drivers, taxi drivers/officials, and schoolchildren/parents and caregivers
  • Long Short Walk activities with learners and parents in schools namely : Grove Primary School, Claremont, Sivile Primary School, Khayelitsha and The Ark primary School in Mfuleni.
  • Inviting media, some dignitaries and announcing our activities through Childsafe website and social media, and distribution of educational materials.


To find out more details about what Childsafe South Africa doing during this week, please read the full report.