Prevention is better than cure ÔÇô this is the new operational credo of the Botswana Motor Vehicle Accident Fund as they shift their focus from reacting to accidents to preventing them.
Officially opening the 6th MVA office in Selibe Phikwe, the fund Chief Executive Officer, Cross Kgosidiile, outlined how they have moved from being reactive to becoming proactive against accidents. He said unlike in the past, they are now mandated with road safety promotion and crash prevention than reacting to accidents.
“The fund has also moved from emphasis on monetary emphasis to rehabilitative interventions,” Kgosidiile added. He explained that the shift in focus was forced by the escalation in the rate of road accidents that has continued to claim lives in the country. Giving the statistics, Kgosidiile said that the Selibe Phikwe Police District alone recorded 3 765 road crashes in the past five years. In 2009┬áthere were 28 deaths, 119 serious injuries and 348 people sustained minor injuries while in 2010, 20 road users lost their lives while 85 received serious injuries and 296 sustained minor injuries.
“There is a serious need for us to invest heavily in road safety and customer service, and the best we can do is to take our services to the people as far as we can,” he said.
Kgosidiile further added that although the organization has been under public scrutiny for many years, they believe it is through the feedback from the public that they can improve their services. He also said that despite the limitation of resources, there was still need to invest on road safety measures and customer satisfaction.
“The intention of the fund is not really to spread offices throughout the country, but it is to cement and assert our presence as a committed service provider across the country,” he said.
MVA Fund now has a total of six branches in the country, in Gaborone, Francistown, Maun, Palapye, Kang and lately Selibe Phikwe.