THE Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) yesterday launched the Shona and Ndebele version of the Highway Code as well as the Heroes holiday traffic safety awareness campaign.
TSCZ board chairperson, Kura Sibanda, said they were launching the 2022 Heroes holiday awareness campaign under the shadow of a dark cloud, which is a reminder that efforts should be redoubled to arrest road carnage.
“A week ago, six people drowned and lost their lives after two heavy vehicles collided along the Harare-Masvingo Road.
“We want to minimise the number of fatalities and road injuries through awareness campaigns across the country.
“It is with satisfaction that I announce that we have completed the process of converting the English Highway Code to Shona and Ndebele.
“The establishment of the Shona and Ndebele version of the Highway Code became a very important factor of the Council’s agenda aimed at incorporating everyone in the learning process of rules and regulations of the road.
“The conversion of this Code enables us to work the parameters of the National Development Strategy 1 of inclusivity, where no one should be left behind.” Sibanda urged people to be careful on roads to preserve lives.
“What we are launching are the Shona and Ndebele versions, subsidised by the Government. “Each copy is going for US$5.
“We simply cannot continue to use the same tactics that have not worked in the past and hope to achieve different results. “Hence, we embrace the innovation of translating the Highway Code into various languages.
“We are hoping, as we progress, that we will be able to translate it into all the 16 languages.”