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07 June 2019
Communities urged to contribute on making the Trans Kalahari Corridor safer

Communities living alongside the Trans Kalahari Corridor within the Three Member States, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa are being called to contribute on improving safety on the corridor. The call was made by the speakers during the recent official launch of the 9th TKC (Trans Kalahari Corridor) Joint Law Enforcement Operation that was held in Sese Village in Botswana. The Botswana Transport and Communication Minister, Honourable Dorcas Kobela Makgato said communities have a significant role to play on developmental activities along the corridor, specifying the safety aspect and economic opportunities.

The Minister acknowledged challenges on stray animals as they contribute on the high number of incidents and fatalities on the corridor. She however called on communities to take responsibility of their animals by locking and keeping them in designated places and not just wait for government to take action.

Calling upon communities to take advantage of economic opportunities, Minister Makgato said the TKC is a strategic value to the region as it facilitates trade and the movement of people and goods among member states. “The management of the corridor is a tripartite arrangement borne out of the desire to achieve the transport and trade facilitation objectives and deeper regional integration espoused by the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD),” said the Minister who further emphasised the broader goal on reducing transport costs and transit times with a view to increasing the competitiveness of goods produced in Member Countries for distribution in the regional and international markets.

During the three day operation, the law enforcement authorities recorded a number of noncompliance of the law and regulations.

    06 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, which is one of the major contributing factors on road incidents and fatalities on the corridor.
    23 arrested in possession of illegal substance such as marijuana/dagga.
    07 unlicensed vehicles discontinued
    154 traffic fines were issued on general defects
    11 illegal immigrants were arrested for failing to produce relevant documentation.

The Trans Kalahari Corridor Management Committee Chairperson , Mr Segodi Mogotsi from the Department of Transport in South Africa said the region will be a better place once people and goods moving more freely. “This must be coupled by development along the corridor with transport as an inducer of development. We look forward to better coordinated and simplified processes along the corridor, harmonized legislation including the one dealing with Dangerous Goods, Economic participation of women on the corridor,” concluded Mogotsi.

The Trans Kalahari Corridor Management Committee is a tripartite trans-boundary Corridor Management Institution that was established with a political and economic vision to pursue or contribute towards deeper regional integration programmes of SADC, SACU and NEPAD.

It is a road network spanning approximately 1900 km across territories of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.


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