Novus³ contributes to the reduction of road fatalities in South Africa

25 July 2018

Novus³ presented a Road Safety Audit course in Cape Town from 16 to 20 July 2018.

According to the World Health Organisation, without sustained action, road traffic crashes are predicted to become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030. Approximately 0,016% of the world population dies in road crashes annually. The United Nations therefore launched the Decade of Action in 2011 with the aim of reducing the current 1,25 million road fatalities per annum worldwide by 50% by 2020.

South African Road Fatalities from 2011 to 2017 and the impact of the targeted 50% reduction in fatalities as proposed by the South African Road Safety Strategy of 2016.

In South Africa 14 000 or 0,026% of the South African population dies due to road crashes annually. This is approximately 50% higher than the worldwide annual population fatality rate. The current trend in South Africa is that road fatalities are on the increase with no indication that there are any sustained reduction in fatalities. The South African Road Safety Strategy launched in 2016 sets a target of the reduction of road fatalities by 50% in the year 2030.

Well-documented experience in Europe and Australia show that Road Safety Audits are both effective and cost beneficial as a proactive safety improvement tool. Consequently a growing number of countries, both developed and developing, introduced Road Safety Audits.

Novus³ developed a Road Safety Audit and Appraisal course on behalf of the South African Road Federation, supported by the South African National Roads Agency. The course is presented by Messrs Jaco de Vries and Bernard van Biljon, with the support of Dr. Louis Roodt. A two day introductory course has been presented three time since July 2017, whilst a five day road safety audit course aimed at road safety practitioners have been presented four times during the past 12 months. The most recent course was presented to road design engineers and road safety practitioners from 16 to 20 July 2018 in Cape Town.

Through our practical approach to road safety audits and appraisals we are contributing to a better understanding of the need for and the contribution of road safety audits to improved road safety thinking during the planning and design stage of road projects. An objective review of the likely causes of crashes and the type of injuries which are likely to occur during road crashes, enables road designers to amend their designs before construction commences. Reducing cost of road safety improvements, saving lives and reducing severity of road crash injuries.

Capital investment prioritisation

Novus3’s innovative and celebrated approach to prioritsation, stems from significant multi-disciplinary experience that was gained in-situ at local government level, firmly rooted in an understanding of the built environment. Through the use of the CP3 system, our clients have the ability to appraise large and complex capital demand requirements within minutes, resulting in defendable, evidence based budgets. The results are often challenged and stress tested by politicians during political debates – the process therefore repeatedly have been proven to be beyond reproach and consistently reliable.

IDP Process Plan and change management

Novus3 provides advisory services to our clients, supporting them in setting up the correct structures and mechanisms internally which becomes the basis for sustainable and collaborative planning and implementation. The IDP process plan has a number of inter-related complexities that plays out on a cyclic basis year-on-year. Pre-empting and reacting to upcoming requirements in the IDP process pro-actively, renders the process into a constructive and demonstratable outcomes-based process.

Public sector budget and fiscal impact simulation

The financial management of public sector funding at local government level, even on a small scale, often rivals the complexity encountered at huge, listed, multi-national companies in the private sector.. Local governments have to operate and make smart financial decisions within a complex and exceedingly stressful environment. Compliance with legislation, policy frameworks and accepted accounting practices have to be maintained. Simulating these complexities allows our financial executives to ask “What if?” questions and reliably peer into the future with a long-term understanding of the implications of decisions that are taken in the present.

Spatial Development Frameworks

Novus3’s specialised knowledge and access to bespoke and purpose-made spatial and other analytic tools, provided the company with the opportunity to develop unparalleled experience in the development of Capital Expenditure Frameworks (CEFs) by bringing a practical angle to the formulation of implementation plans. A realistic roadmap is provided on how to realise the objectives developed in the Spatial Development Frameworks of the municipalities where we were involved. In return for the development and submission of these CEFs, these municipalities were awarded with significant additional funding from central government.

Built Environment Performance Plans

As part of the National Treasury City Support Program, Novus3 was regarded as specialist advisors on the built environment value chain – a process embedded in Built Environment Performance Plans (BEPPs). BEPPs were intended to form the bedrock of municipal capital planning and management for larger cities (metros). Novus3’s specialist knowledge played a big role from an advisory and capacity building perspective during the development of a number of BEPPs that were developed for a number of metros.

Infrastructure Capital Investment Plans

Infrastructure investment has to find a balance between addressing historical backlogs and inequalities, maintaining satisfactory prevailing functionality and level of service and strategically investing in unlocking future opportunities and growth whilst acknowledging a plethora regulatory constraints, policies and rules. In the process, certain strategic outcomes are sought which may manifest spatially strategically or environmentally. Our infrastructure capital investment plans provide the strategic guideline and provide the recommendations to find this balance.

Capital Expenditure Frameworks

Novus3 has developed multiple capital expenditure frameworks (CEFs) for multiple municipal clients and are regarded as the sector leaders in this area. These CEFs are financial roadmaps providing clear direction on financial constraints, the most important capital and investment priorities, an understanding of the unique local fundamentals and a sustainable response to these multiplicity of challenges.

Project preparation processes

The efficient planning and execution of projects from the moment of idea conception until the last brick has been laid has been the subject of study from as early as the reign of the Roman Empire. The governance process within the public sector has to play an important role in the journey of project preparation. The under-expenditure of allocated funding regrettably is often the only element in the built-environment that consistently re-occurs. All too often, funding is allocated to projects that simply are not ready to proceed to the next step. Novus3’s CP3 system is used to aid clients in the progressive steps involved in the project preparation journey.