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Dear IFRTT subscriber

I’m a little under the whip from the IFRTT President as this newsletter
should have been sent out by end-March.  My apologies Mr President J

South Africa has certainly been through some interesting times during
the past few months: a new President, high profile court cases, ongoing
critical droughts in some parts of the country, severe water shortages
in Cape Town, cricket sagas and, most recently, the passing of Winnie
Mandela, an ANC stalwart over many decades and ex-wife of the late
Nelson Mandela.

On the heavy vehicle front, fairly serious protests were experienced
for most of Monday morning, 2 April, on the N3 highway at the Mooi River
Toll Plaza between Durban and Johannesburg. This is the busiest rural
highway in the country (over 10 000 heavy vehicles per day on some
sections) and the protest action was conveniently timed to coincide with
the end of the Easter long weekend when thousands of holidaymakers were
making their way back from the coast to the hinterland. At least 3
trucks were torched during the protests and the contents thereof looted.
The apparent cause of the protest action was a grievance by an as-yet
unidentified group against employment by South African companies of
foreign national truck drivers. Typical delays experienced by motorists
were 6 hours, which is longer that the normal journey from Durban to
Johannesburg.

On the subject of road safety, many of you will be aware of the
relatively new ISO standard, ISO 39001: Road Traffic Safety Management
Systems, published in 2012. The ISO TC241 Working Group 5 met from 26 to
28 February in Stellenbosch near Cape Town to work on the second draft
of a new ISO document, ISO 39002: Road traffic safety — Good practices
for implementing commuting safety management. Whereas ISO 39001 is
intended for any organisation that wants to develop and implement
policies and procedures with the intention of reducing fatalities and
serious injuries associated with their business operations, ISO 39002
will be a guidance document for organisations to promote good road
safety practices to their employees whilst commuting, whatever their
mode of transport (by road). It is expected that this document will be
published some time during 2019.

The weather in South Africa is starting to turn towards autumn, with
cooler days in most parts of the country. Generally there have been good
rains during the past summer and the hope is that the winter rainfall in
the Western Cape during the coming months will help to break the drought
there.

Drive safely

Paul Nordengen

IFRTT Vice-President: Africa



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