Rondebosch Resident Receives R25 000 Safely Home Road Safety Reward
Statement by Robin Carlisle, Minister of Transport and Public Works
On 17 December 2012, the Safely Home Road Safety Reward was launched offering a cash opportunity to all Western Cape motorists and drivers who remain fine-free for this festive season.
This was part of our many efforts to target irresponsible and reckless road use and to encourage more road users to abide by the rules of the road.
On 6 March 2013, we are happy to reward Ms Irma M Liberty from Rondebosch with R25 000 after being randomly selected in a draw conducted on 21 January 2013.
Ms Liberty is a 65 year old retired Librarian, who drives a Toyota Conquest.
This reward is part of a behavioural economics approach aimed at establishing a culture of obeying road rules by promoting an identity of responsible road users. We aim to reward the very many drivers in the province who are responsible, who obey the rules of the road religiously, and make the informed decisions that save lives whenever they take to the roads.
Through drivers and road users like Ms Liberty, who abide by the rules of the road and continue to set the example for others, we have collectively, as a Province, reduced our road deaths by 29%.
Over this past festive season alone, road deaths have gone down by 8% compared to the same period last year (from 257 deaths to 236 deaths). We will continue to work hard and employ innovative measures and actions, keeping us on track to reaching our collective goal of halving road deaths by the end of 2014.
The terms and conditions of the reward are:
- The draw is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- Winners’ details will be verified on the eNaTiS for correctness, and should they not be correct, the individual will be disqualified.
- The vehicle must be licenced in the Western Cape.
- The driver of the vehicle must have no outstanding warrants, as at the date of the draw.
- The driver must be a South African citizen and have a valid driver’s and, if applicable, a valid operating licence.
- The driver of the vehicle must have no outstanding licence fees, at the date of the draw.
- Winners must agree to have their pictures published in the media and on the Safely Home and Western Cape Government websites. In addition, winners must be present at a ceremony to receive their prize money.
- The prize money will be paid directly into the bank accounts of the winners no later than the end of February 2013.
- Winners will be required to provide proof of identity and residence as well as to confirm that he/she is not related to any employee of the Western Cape Government.
- Drivers of government owned vehicles will not be eligible for the draw.
- No Western Cape Government employees or any persons related to such employees will be eligible for a prize.
These terms and conditions, as well as other information pertaining to the campaign can be found on Safely Home's website.
How the draw worked:
- The presiding officers were Mr Walter Channon, who was responsible for the randomisation process, Mr Johan Fabricius (Senior Manager) and Mr Dirk Needham (Internal Audit), ensuring that the process was transparent and fair.
- Using the randomisation process, twenty (20) numbers were drawn from a total of numbers which corresponds to the amount of registered vehicles in the Western Cape (which are in excess of 1.6 million), with the randomiser.
- These 20 random numbers were then used by Mr Channon to draw the corresponding records from the eNaTIS data-dump, in order to obtain the vehicle registration and owner details.
- The order in which the random numbers were generated was noted for record purposes.
- Mr Channon checked the details of the owner and the vehicle, for each of the 20 records, against the eNaTIS criteria to verify the following:
- Roadworthiness Status.
- Police Marks (To ensure there is none).
- Licence Expiry Date (To ensure validity).
- RSA ID Number (To confirm RSA citizenship).
- Address and Contact Details (Winner must be contactable).
- Locality of Vehicle Record (To ensure the vehicle is registered in the Western Cape).
- Admin Marks (To ensure there is none).
- All of the above records and checks were saved for record purposes.
- Each record (in the order it has been drawn) was checked against the above and the first one verified to meet all the conditions, as stipulated in the Terms & Conditions listed on the Safely Home website, was declared the winner.
The announcement was made with the clause that the winner would be subject to review, as fines and outstanding warrants would still be searched and verified.
- The dates of the draws were 24 December 2012 and 21 January 2013, respectively.
- The period in which the winners were to be fine-free was approximately 24 days, thus the first winner had to be fine-free from 1 until 24 December 2012, whilst the second winner had to remain fine-free from 25 December 2012 until 21 January 2013 (the draw date).
- The databases of the local authorities have been searched within this 24 and 28 day period in order to ensure that the respective winners have indeed remained fine-free. The prize money is expected to be rewarded by the end of March 2013.
- If any of the records drawn through the randomiser process is found to have fines issued against the vehicle or driver, that driver is disqualified and the next valid record will be considered as the winner. This was the case in this instance, with the name drawn first being disqualified due to fines having been issued against the motor-cycle owner.
- The second draw was not linked to the first i.e. a new set of 20 records was drawn and the process, as described above, was repeated at the second draw.
- The winner must agree to sign a sworn affidavit stating that they are not related to any Western Cape Government employees, which Ms Liberty has done.
I would like to congratulate Ms Irma M Liberty on being randomly drawn and verified to win the Safely Home Road Safety Reward of R25 000. Like our first winner Mr Cupido, Irma is an example of the very many Western Cape road users who understand that obeying road rules is a non-negotiable and that using the roads responsibly saves lives.
We continue to urge all motorists and drivers on our roads to be ambassadors of their own safety, as well as that of others. The only way we can reduce the carnage on the roads is if all motorists made the life changing decision to:
- Not speed.
- Not drink and drive.
- Be mindful of pedestrians.
- Not use cellphones while driving.
- Ensure that they buckle up, and most importantly that children in the vehicle are buckled up.
Road carnage can and will be abated when we all make the commitment to follow Irma’s example and be considerate and responsible every time we take to the roads.