The Need For Driving Instructor Training in South Africa

There has never been any form of training offered for driving instructors in South Africa.

Legislation is now so confused that it is difficult to train people accurately, within the law.

According to the Constitution, Schedule 4 Part A,

SCHEDULE 4 – FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF CONCURRENT NATIONAL AND PROVINCIAL LEGISLATIVE COMPETENCE

Road traffic regulation is one of the concurrent functions of both National and Provincial Departments of Transport.

Which means the traditional way every legally registered driving instructor has always been required to be registered, (since it has always been a Provincial function only),  was and is illegal, but at this stage, it is all we have.

The driving school industry is presently un-legislated. Draft Government Gazettes for Driving Schools have been found to be Unconstitutional, so they have still not been proclaimed.

While the legal implications of all this are being sorted out, Ms Allen is unwilling to attempt to advise the public accurately with respect to becoming driving instructors, so the 3-day workshops previously offered to assist others to become legally registered driving instructors will no longer be offered until further notice.

Apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.

For those I have been privileged to train to become registered driving instructors, I wish you every success with your businesses. May you continue to produce many safe, legal new drivers.

TESTIMONY:

Please see the email below from a candidate who took part in a K53 workshop in February 2016. He is now the proud owner of his own driving school and will endevour to present an excellent standard of training to his clients. Feedback is welcomed!

From: Schalk Coetzer schalksda@icloud.com
Sent: Thursday, 07 July 2016 11:36 AM
To: Pat Allen <Pat@saidinational.org>
Subject: Bestuur Skool Besonderhede
Importance: High

Goeie dag Pat,

Sien hieronder die besonderhede vir my bestuur skool. Let wel daarop dat ek die suide van Pretoria bedien (Centurion)….! Dankie.

Cell:    082 651 9915

Email: schalksda@icloud.com

Christ-greetings / Christus-groete,

   †

   “I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.”  (Isaiah 41:13)

You can expect that your candidate who attends training with Schalk Coetzer will be trained on the System of Vehicle Control, to anticipate, be alert and very aware of everything going on around them, because we do not believe that our students should learn advanced defensive methods years later. They must learn them now as brand-new drivers, for their own safety.

 

I believe driving instructors should be fully-trained on all aspects of both the law and all practical aspects of driver training, including attitudes of drivers.

So many people offer driver training fraudulently.

Fraud is defined in South African law as “the unlawful and intentional making of a misrepresentation which causes actual and or potential prejudice to another”. 

Our road fatality statistics speak for themselves. I receive constant reports of instructors stealing money from the public!

Not only that – We at SAIDI know that the root of bad driving is poor driver training and a lack of adequate law enforcement, so we are ready to take on the challenge!

The fruit of great driver training,

 

is in the root!

Excellent driver training is critical to changing the road fatality statistics in South Africa from disastrous to virtually none!

A driving instructor workshop offered by Professional Driving Academy of South Africa was held on 23, 24, and 25 February 2015 from 8:00 to 16:00 in Kyalami, Midrand, South Africa.

It was absolutely jam-packed with essential information for driving instructors, yet nowhere near long enough to cover all the information I can and want to provide for all driving instructors.

The group had great fun learning together, both in the car and theoretically, and went away with their minds packed with information. We are not finished yet! Not by a loooong way!

Many instructors today have thriving businesses as a result of this training, which I have offered to small groups since 2001.

These fly-by-night driving instructors are a very real danger to the public. Please read further to guard against getting caught by one of them. SAIDI members can be found on our website at www.saidinational.org.

SAIDI welcomes all legal driving instructors to join us. We are grateful for the contribution you are making to safer driving in South Africa and would like to welcome you as valued members in the areas you are already working.

The definition of corruption:

Corruption is defined as “the misuse of entrusted power for private gain”.

The massive industry of illegal driving instructors in South Africa:

For too long driving instruction has been a way of earning a living when people have lost their jobs, but own a vehicle. This had led to thousands and thousands of unregistered driving instructors taking work which rightfully belongs to legally registered driving instructors, by undercutting their rates, while generally training people to a very low standard of driving, which is a direct cause of our appalling road fatality rate in South Africa, or stealing their money after being paid for a course in advance then running away or refusing to take calls from the clients. SAIDI receives constant requests for help in this regard from all over the country!

Road fatalities in South Africa:

A highly qualified paramedic estimated a 22 000 annual road fatality rate would not be impossible, but accurate statistics have not been released by the RTMC since 2012, I understand.

As the legally registered driving instructors of South Africa, (according to the current Provincial requirements), it is our responsibility to work against this by offering excellent driver training:

Not a day goes by without horrific road crashes ending the lives of precious South Africans, leaving others permanently disabled, with massive financial losses, but most of all leaving the agony of personal loss, paid and destruction.

I sincerely believe John 10:10 in the Bible:

John 10:10Amplified Bible (AMP)

10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it[a]overflows).

Here are some emails received from previous clients:

 Dear Pat,

Happy New Year.
l was highly impressed with your table of content after going through it for the first time today because my mobile phone do not have the soft ware to open up pdf files.I have been out of office for seminars to enlighten our drivers on the need to drive defensively during the festive periods. We all know how traffic situations are during this time of the year.
I wish to know the possibility of coming for the workshop training in the month of March, 2014,like l said early this training is very important to my career.
l request for early information to enable me undergo the necessary official protocols both in my office and your country’s embassy.

Wed 2013/05/08 06:22 PM

Hi daar Pat 

Baie dankie vir al jou hulp,ek het baie geleer by jou.Ek dink jou training is baie profesioneel.Jy het ‘n baie groot gawe van bo gekry,mag jy geseend in jou werk wees.Net ‘n kort gedagte aan jou:

Met liefde bid ek kalmte en rustigheid vir jou;

Met liefde seën ek jou;

Met oorgawe los ek jou in God se hande en ek sê DANKIE, want ek weet Hy hou jou vas.

Nogmaal dankie

23 April 2013 03:49 PM

Hi Pat

Thank you for the information and the training – I really did learn a lot in the end!

Mon 2013/05/06 02:17 PM 

Good Day Pat

Answer serious about becoming Driving Instructor. Please find the two test that I managed to do so far I will send the last one very soon. Please don’t be so disappointed, I will send my test in soon! You taught us well, look I still remember some of the things even today, Therefore don’t underestimate the knowledge you gave us.

Wed 2013/10/09 01:32 PM

Thank you once again for the K53 workshop which I found to be very helpful and enjoyable.

Hi Pat,

Wed 2014/01/15 01:40 PM

Further to our discussion today please will you send me the SAIDI membership forms so that I can join as soon as I receive my instructor’s certificate.

Thank You,

Then an ecstatic “I passed my instructor’s certificate!”

K53 WORKSHOP FOR DRIVING INSTRUCTORS

have been offered long before 24th August 2005 when this 

SPECIAL AWARD WAS GIVEN TO:-

TITUS NGCAMPHALALA 

“HE HAS TRAVELLED MANY, MANY KILOMETRES, VOLUNTARILY, TO TELL AS MANY INSTRUCTORS AS POSSIBLE ABOUT THE TRAINING WE OFFER TO DRIVING INSTRUCTORS.

HE HAS PHONED, AT GREAT EXPENSE, AND DONE MUCH MORE THAN NECESSARY TO HELP OTHER DRIVING SCHOOL INSTRUCTORS TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL, TO DEAL HONESTLY WITH THE PUBLIC.

HE HAS OPENED HIS HOME UP TO STRANGERS, WHEN THEY HAVE NEEDED ACCOMODATION, AND BROUGHT THEM TO THE WORKSHOPS HIMSELF.

EACH TIME HE ATTENDS OUR WORKSHOPS HE LEARNS MORE, AND WE ARE VERY PLEASED AT HIS GROWTH!

WELL DONE TITUS, AND A VERY SINCERE THANK-YOU! SINCERELY……………………..”

Letter from Titus   Pat and Titus 2011.03.04       Titus and Pat 2011.03.04