Sunday, 21 July, 2024

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LMSi elects new committee at AGM

The Lowveld Motorcycle Safety Initiative Non-profit Company (LMSi) elected a new committee at its annual general meeting held at Aloe Hill Wedding Venue outside Nelspruit.

Two of LMSi’s founder directors resigned during the year and Hennie de Lange, who was re-elected as deputy chairperson, and Gideon de Wet, who took over as treasurer, joined Réhann Coetzee, who was also re-elected as chairperson, as directors.

Réhann Coetzee, Hennie de Lange, Gideon de Wet and Jacques Labuschagne are joined by new committee members Petro Bekker, Ronell Esquino, Theo van Rooyen, Richard du Plooy and Norman Erasmus.

“LMSi has gone through some changes in the 2024 financial year and will have a more focused approach to raising awareness around road safety – particularly motorcycle safety,” says Hennie de Lange.

“Going forward, LMSi will not provide rider training anymore. Too much time and effort had gone into training, and we missed our primary goal, which is to make motorcycling safer by raising awareness around those issues. In the future we will facilitate training, but will only present training in very special cases.”

The organisational report is a summary of the year’s activities and specific mention is made of the relationship between LMSi and the motorcycle community represented by the Lowveld Presidents Council (LPC). LMSi was first invited to attend monthly LPC meetings in May 2023 and has not missed a meeting since then.

“We are accepted and acknowledged as the body in the region that speaks on safety,” says Réhann Coetzee. “LMSi is the first motorcycle-safety campaign to get this kind of acknowledgement from the patch-wearing community and we are very proud of this achievement.

“Although I think that says a lot about the campaign and its direction, it also says a lot about the LPC’s commitment to motorcycle safety. And we salute that.”

Feature image: The new LMSi committee members. Back: Theo van Rooyen, Réhann Coetzee (director and chairperson), Norman Erasmus, Wynand Nel, Hennie de Lange (director and deputy chairperson). Front: Richard du Plooy, Petro Bekker, Jacques Labuschagne, Ronell Esquino, Gideon de Wet (director and treasurer).

Coetzee says there are two issues that LMSi will focus on this year. The first is the safety of delivery-bike riders and the second is raising awareness of road safety at schools.

“We need to start working on the issue of delivery-bike riders who are either not trained at all and do not wear safety gear or PPE. We need to engage with the delivery-service providers so that we can create safer working conditions for these motorcyclists,” he says.

LMSi will continue with its campaign to visit schools and invites schools to contact the organisation to join hands to promote road safety.

“We will be visiting high schools again to have a safety talk and demonstration. We need to increase road safety and awareness among younger road users. We see that as our mission,” he says.

De Wet presented the annual financial report and invited members to contact LMSi if they would like a copy of the financial statements.

LMSi will also host a track-riding day at the Red Star Raceway near Delmas later in the year.

“All riders are welcome to join us. It does not matter what you ride – an adventure bike, a cruiser, or a superbike – everyone is welcome, and everyone will be a better rider at the end of the training,” De Lange says.

He invited all motorcyclists in the Lowveld to join LMSi and to help make biking safer.

For any further information, contact the committee on info@lmsi.co.za, or follow them on Facebook.

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