Road traffic crashes are acknowledged as a major challenge that the country is faced with as accidents continue to claim lives. The escalating incidences of road traffic crashes presents a huge challenge to us, physically and emotionally. As road traffic crashes continues to escalate, they have a negative financial implication on the economy of our country.
It is common cause that during pilgrimages and other church activities a large number of members of church congregants travel, and incidence of road crashes that result in loss of life and injuries cannot be ignored. The church as an institution plays a crucial role in the Fund â€˜s endeavour to reduce road traffic crashes. The bigger question, is the church doing enough to curb these road crashes or imparting knowledge on their congregants on issues relating to road safety?
In its efforts to involve every stakeholder in the road safety promotion sphere, the Fund together with its key road safety partners (Botswana Police Services, Department of Road Transport and Safety) held a road safety engagement seminar with BOCAIP which represents different church denominations being the Evangelical Fellowship of Botswana (EFB), Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), Botswana Council of Churches (BCC), Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) and Zion Christian Church (ZCC). The aim of the seminar was to sensitize church leaders about the road traffic crashes and associated deaths and injuries, and to encourage the church to play an active role in curbing road traffic accidents.
In his address to the church leaders MVA Fund Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Tlhagwane, pleaded with church leaders to be road safety ambassadors and to actively make meaningful contribution by empowering their church members on road safety issues. The churches were encouraged to address foster behavioural changes through preaching on road safety during sermons, to invite road safety experts to present on road safety topics at organised church events. The CEO also assured the churches of the Fundâ€™s commitment and support in to capacitate the churches to improve the road safety situation in Botswana.
Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development in collaboration with Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA Fund) held an exciting fitness event at Tsholofelo Park in Gaborone as a way of promoting and enhancing good working relations and fitness between employees and stakeholders. The event also aimed at sensitizing participants on road safety especially in the view of the approaching festive season.
Ministry of Youth Sport and Culture Development, Deputy Permanent Secretary Mr. Peter Mongwaketse urged private companies to come on board to support the fitness events, he also mentioned that the purpose of the event is for team building and wish to see more participants next year. He also encouraged the organizing committee to ensure that the general public attends the event in large numbers. Mr Peter Mongwaketse emphasized that this event mostly encourages teamwork hence promotes team building among stakeholders and employees. The event helps employees and stakeholders to better understand each other more even outside the work environment.
As a word of motivation from the Chief Executive Officer for Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA Fund) Mr. Michael Tlhagwane emphasized that fitness helps people to be mentally and physically fit and ready to discharge their duties at optimal levels. The day was therefore helpful as it keeps employees healthy and ready to perform well in their jobs. He further urged the general public to prioritize safety on the road as the statistics shows that more males lose their lives compared to females every year.
On the day there were different stalls from different stakeholders which brought their services closer to the people. Entities like Botswana Defense Force were the favorites to the public as they spiced the day with a good performance of Tug of War. Botswana Chambers of Mines and Gaborone City Council Fire Department displayed a well-organized and orientated scenario on how to handle patients when you encounter and accident. The public appreciated the post-accident evacuation drill mostly as they learnt the necessary procedures to be followed so as to help those who are involved in vehicle accident. The educational simulations were highly beneficial to the participants as they were also taught accident scene safety tips.
MVA Fund Chief Executive Officer Mr. Michael Tlhagwane Encourages staff to be resilient despite challenges
“It is yet again a privilege to stand before you and address you on this special awards night. The year has been long and fraught with many challenges, but as the theme of our celebration this year states, we have conquered because we are STRONGER TOGETHER” Mr. Tlhagwane said when addressing MVA Fund Staff during the 2017 staff awards dinner.
He noted that the Fund’s strength emanates from its shared values which are indelibly engrained in the fabric of the organization. “As you already know, this year the Fund suffered terrible setbacks in its financial performance. This state of affairs is squarely attributable to the ever escalating road crashes and underperforming fiscal markets. This has caused us to be frugal in our spending yet without compromising the service we offer to our valued stakeholders especially claimants. As a consequence of this turbulence, we have had to forgo celebrating this occasion in an elaborate manner as we have accustomed ourselves to doing” said Mr. Tlhagwane.
He stated further that because of staff resilience and prudence, the Fund continues to trudge ahead. he attributed this largely to a robust management strategy and committed workforce which continues to drive performance baselines to higher and greater limits. The Fund continues to transform itself into a postmodern corporation which identifies itself with contemporary governance. This year also marks the Fund’s thirty years of existence. He therefore urged staff to dedicate the evening to celebrate and be proud of all achievements realized since its inception.
“Lastly, colleagues let me implore you to be exemplary in your approach and celebration of the festive season. Please, shy away from any conduct that contradicts our very existence as road safety ambassadors. Betsho, ours is not a job but a calling, always be willing to offer advice to anyone engaging in irresponsible use of the road” Mr. Tlhagwane stated as he concluded his address and wished all a happy festive season.