The dire situation of road crash victims is well known with the battle against the controversial RABS (Road Accident Benefit Scheme) Bill having been ongoing for more than six years. The global COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the many fundamental problems already in existence. Accordingly, the long-standing burning issues of the Road Accident Fund (RAF) have remained.
Under new leadership, the RAF recently communicated a willingness to find solutions to these problems. This is a first in more than 10 years! APRAV’s continued initiatives seek to heed this request to co-ordinate stakeholder involvement and to ensure an integrated approach in support of Government, the RAF and its leadership, and most of all the victims.
Road crash victims have basic Constitutional rights which should not be compromised in any way. At the same time, the realities of South Africa and all its people need to be balanced with these rights. Careful consideration and thorough debate on all issues which may have an impact on the existing RAF Act and Regulations, are of the utmost importance. There should be no shortcuts or deviation from this without stakeholder involvement, public consultation and proper oversight by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport (PCoT).
APRAV will actively continue with its ‘RAF Rescue Initiative’ which was put on hold on 26 March 2020 when the national lockdown commenced. For this purpose, we are inviting all stakeholders to join and participate in six virtual working groups, which will operate on the Microsoft Teams collaboration platform. You can select to get involved in one or more of these groups when you register.
||1ST VIRTUAL SESSIONS
RAF 4/Narrative Test
|Dr Herman Edeling (Neurosurgeon & Head of APRAV Medical Task Team)
Invitations & briefings will be emailed
||Functioning & process improvements (interaction with RAF & RAF internally)
||Durell de Jong (Attorney)
||Settlement & litigation
||Kirstie Haslam (Attorney)
||RAF Act & Regulation amendments
||Adv Carel van Jaarsveld
||Financial implications (RAF budget & Fuel Levy)
||Wim Loots (Actuary)
||Oversight & peer review process
||Prof Hennie Klopper (Head: APRAV Solutions Task Team)
- Interaction with Government and the Department of Transport will be facilitated by Ngoako Mohlaloga (Government Expert)
- Coordination between all working groups will be facilitated by Pieter de Bruyn (Industrial Psychologist)
The RAF’s Acting CEO recently invited support and input to help solve key problems. We are of the view that this call for assistance provides the ideal opportunity for all stakeholders to align in response. A well-coordinated effort will certainly yield the best results. We will also specifically extend invitations to all relevant professional organisations, i.e. the South African Medio-Legal Association, the Orthopaedic Association of South Africa, the Actuarial Society of South Africa, etc. APRAV will further seek to actively work with the RAF leadership in establishing a national Steering Committee to support the RAF in its pursuit of service excellence.
The RAF has acknowledged that it can no longer be ‘business as usual’. In order to assist we urge all stakeholders to provide their much-needed (and valued) input on issues such as the reduction of costs, the shortening of turn-around times on settlement, the alleviation of the burden on the courts, the streamlining of all processes and a co-ordinated focus on the road crash victim.
All workgroup sessions, progress and updates may be joined and followed on this web site. Please register ASAP to show your support for this initiative.