Ending the nightmare  on our roads

Ending the nightmare on our roads

MASERU – The sheer volume of cars and the brazen lack of courtesy make driving on Maseru’s roads a tricky affair.
In 2017, for instance, 584 people died as a direct result of road accidents in Lesotho, according to the World Health Organization.
The road accidents have reached frightening levels, according to Alliance Insurance finance director, Mohapinyane Taole.
Taole was speaking after awarding certificates to 27 volunteer traffic controllers in Maseru last Friday.

The volunteers, who are unemployed university graduates, were trained for a week in collaboration with Alliance Insurance, the Lesotho Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and the police.

Taole said the initiative came because “they are tired of the high rate of car accidents” in Lesotho.
As an insurance company, Alliance covers motor accidents and deaths that result from the accidents at great cost.
“If there are no accidents it means our company will benefit because there will be no claims,” Taole said.

The Thusanang Traffic Campaign is meant to help reduce the number of road accidents in the country.
He said the 27 individuals have been equipped with skills to control traffic on the roads.
They will receive living stipends until December this year.

Superintendent ’Matholoana Tholoana said the 27 all appear keen to carry out their duties.
“We have equipped them with all the skills that are used when controlling traffic,” she said.
Tholoana said the team was eager to learn and help the community.

The LCCI President Ntaote Seboka said they are grateful that Alliance Insurance had heard their plea and chose to sponsor the training.
He said the 27 people should be brave when they begin to work because on the road they are going to meet undisciplined people and they are also going to work on the roads without road signs.
“This is your opportunity to showcase what you can deliver in these six months,” Seboka said.

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mpota Nthako, said the initiative is a clear sign that the police can work together with the community.
“If we have better relations, then our work will be easier,” he said.

’Makhotso Rakotsoane

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