Almost 1200 people killed on the roads over the festive period …. and what of the impact on wildlife?

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) reported a total of 1184 people killed in 987 road accidents nationwide from December 1 to 30. It is estimated that road crashes cost around ZAR 307 billion every year, however, wildlife-vehicle collision still does not rate as a category for describing the type of collision for insurance claims. And whilst these claims compensate vehicle owners, there is no benefit from these claims to ameliorating the negative impacts on animals.


You can assist the Wildlife & Transport Programme through providing us with roadkill sightings which will help us identify roadkill hotspot locations in the country. You’re information will then be used to develop mitigation practices to lower the impact of roads on wildlife…. And ultimately save human lives.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to all the families who have lost someone on the roads over the holiday season.

The Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife and Transport Programme (EWT-WTP) Roadwatch South Africa app can be downloaded for free. To take part simply type this link into the Safari browser on your Android platform phone:

The app will be available on the Apple platform shortly.


About wendy collinson

Originally hailing from the UK, Wendy gained her Bachelor of Education in 1990, and spent 15 years teaching Physical Education in London to high school students. She moved to South Africa in 2005, beginning work as a research assistant with large carnivores, working on research projects initiated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Wendy’s education background has stood her in good stead as a tour guide, since she believes in an interactive approach, engaging guests in specialist carnivore research tours. In addition to her research and tours, Wendy is also the main organiser of the aptly named “BIKE4BEASTS” mountain bike race, organised annually to raise funds for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (www.bike4beast.coza) Wendy is a field worker with the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife and Transport Programme. She recently completed her Master’s degree at Rhodes University, Grahamstown South Africa, which examined the impacts of roads on South African wildlife.
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