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We feel positive about the new leadership at the RAF’s willingness to engage in finding solutions for the RAF. Our chairperson sent a letter the Acting CEO, Mr Collins Letsoalo, last week. The letter ends with: APRAV will heed your call for assistance. We hope we can align this initiative with the Portfolio Committee on Transport’s Chairperson, the Hon MP Zwane’s last request to you: ‘Please go and fix the Road Accident Fund.’ We will further seek to actively work with the RAF leadership in establishing a national Steering Committee to support the RAF in its pursuit for service excellence.
We are now getting into the detail of debating and drafting proposals that can be presented to the Acting CEO and the Portfolio Committee on Transport (PCoT). We want to reinforce our commitment to co-ordinate an integrated approach with extensive stakeholder involvement in support of Government, the RAF and its leadership, and most of all the victims.
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).
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 settlement turn-around times, the alleviation of the burden on the courts, the streamlining of processes and a coordinated focus on the victims.
RAF Solutions Initiative Comprehensive Report 14 August 2020