HRETDs Expat RSA roads orientation training course details
Motor vehicle driving orientation
for expats in South Africa
SAQA unit standard: Supplementary to defensive driving training
Field: Services
NQF level: Not applicable
Maximum learners per group: Four learners
Novice training duration: One day
Re-certification training duration: Not applicable
HRETDs Expat RSA roads orientation training course details
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Fleet logistics and
defensive driver
4x4 defensive driving
AARTO for fleet managers
AARTO for professional drivers
Anti-hijacking techniques
Dangerous goods by road
Diesel locomotive shunting
Economic driving
Expat RSA roads orientation
Gravel roads defensive driving
Heavy vehicle defensive driving - essential skills
Heavy vehicle defensive driving - full skills training
Light delivery vehicles
Lowbed securement
Maintaining customer relations
Motorcycle defensive driving
Professional driver evaluations
Rigid heavy vehicles
Side tipper trucks
Vehicle combinations
Crane operations
Lift trucks
Lifting operations
Earthmoving plant
Construction plant
Construction site safety
Health and safety
Working at heights
ISO standards
Dangerous goods
Tools & powertools
Landscaping tools

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Included in this mutimedia training programme Welcome to South Africa's complex roadway landscape. HRETD's "Expat RSA Roads Orientation" course is designed to provide foreign nationals with a comprehensive introduction to navigating local roads. From understanding road signs to grasping regional driving etiquettes, the course is enriched with multimedia aids like progress quizzes, illustrations, and instructional videos.

Acclimating to a new country's road systems can be a daunting task. Our course aims to mitigate this by offering real-world scenarios, safety tips, and best practices that are specific to South Africa. Learn how to handle common challenges such as intersections, roundabouts, and local traffic patterns, allowing you to drive with confidence and safety.

Ideal for expatriates and companies employing international staff, this course ensures that you're not just road-legal, but road-wise.

Entry requirements

A currently valid recognised foreign national driver’s license (or international driver's license) with the appropriate code for the class of vehicle being used for practical coaching and exercises.

Advanced driver training

Each learner will receive

Expat RSA roads orientation training

Defensive driving

Course content

Theory presentation

In order to forge an immediate connection to their new environment, a brief yet rich discussion of the South African driving heritage will ensue, painting a vivid tapestry of a nation with a vibrant blend of cultures and distinctive driving practices. It is here that expats are sensitized to the prominent shift they will have to internalize — moving from a right-hand driving system to a left-hand orientation, a transition that can be disorienting but is pivotal to driving in South Africa.

The heart of the morning is committed to demystifying the intricacies of South African road rules that safeguard road users. It covers topics including the application of kilometre/hour speed limits calibrated to varying zones - urban or rural. This segment takes them through roundabouts, yielding, overtaking and other norms that make up the cardinal rules of South African road culture, introducing them to the dynamic, sometimes unspoken dialogues.

We then unravel the language of South African road signs - turning signs into communicative tools. We then steer towards special considerations crafted meticulously for expats, acknowledging habits they bring from their home countries. It is a segment of introspection and unlearning, where some universal driving practices take a back seat, making way for norms and etiquettes that resonate with the South African road psyche. Addressing local driving nuances such as taxi behaviours becomes an enlightening experience, enabling expats to harmoniously blend in with the local driving culture. They are then equipped with essential emergency contacts and trained in the protocols to follow post-accidents, planting them firmly on the grounds of safety and assurance.

Practical coaching

The afternoon session starts with a foundational vehicle safety pre-check, where each participant becomes well-acquainted with the assigned vehicle's controls and safety features. Following this initiation, they transition into individual one-on-one coaching sessions with a seasoned instructor. Initially, the spotlight will be on mastering basic controls, including steering proficiency and the correct utilization of mirrors for heightened situational awareness.

Then, on quieter streets, they work on nurturing their confidence while learning the rules of signalling and right-of-way. A significant portion of the training is devoted to adeptly navigating roundabouts and intersections, a crucial aspect of daily driving in South Africa.

Thereafter, they immerse themselves in a practical parking tutorial, learning the fine nuances of parallel and angle parking through firsthand experience. As they gradually advance, the final individual session challenges them to apply their newly acquired skills on busy thoroughfares and highways, emphasizing safe merging techniques and the protocols of overtaking responsibly.

To foster a space for reflection and consolidation of the day’s learnings, the session culminates in a constructive feedback round. Here, they get to share their experiences, articulate concerns, and receive personalized advice from the instructor, thereby gearing them up to navigate the vibrant and diverse roads of South Africa with renewed confidence and competence.

Assessment methods

We conduct a formative theoretical assessment at the beginning of the course to gauge the learner’s initial understanding (novices only). At the end of the training, a summative theoretical and practical application assessment is conducted, to find if the learner is competent; if not, additional developmental areas are identified and suggested.

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TETA accreditedTraining programme accreditation

This programme is non-accredited and considered supplementary to international driver licences, or licences issued by recognised foreign government agencies, however, all our facilitators are registered with the Education Training Authority (TETA) to provide facilitation for unit standards 123253 (Operate a rigid heavy vehicle), 123254 (Operate a vehicle combination), and other national roads user driver competency training standards.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent, the candidate will be issued with a certificate of competence.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practise training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training. John, a construction team supervisor, was keen on implementing quality principles on his construction site. One day, a scaffold erecting and dismantling supervisor named Sarah joined the team. They had a quick meeting on planned task observations, as they aimed to apply quality control meticulously. The supervisory skills John had acquired in his training courses proved effective as he managed the team smoothly. An incident occurred when they started to operate pan compactors and trench compactors. Safety was their top priority, and they had a fire and evacuation marshal named Tim, as well as a fall protection planner named Emily. Both had gone through rigorous task observation training and were adept at safety monitoring. Suddenly, a fall arrest situation happened. A worker named Jack was dangling from the scaffold. Emily, the fall protection planner, initiated the protocols while Tim, the fire and evacuation marshal, cleared the area. Another team member, trained as a fall arrest rescue technician, sprung into action and rescued Jack efficiently. The next day, the management decided to elevate the role of the fire and evacuation marshal and the fall protection planner, to include teaching supervisory skills and management skills to all staff. It was crucial to maintain standards, including those for scaffold erection, soil compaction, and machinery operation. In the end, John felt proud of his team's swift actions and appreciated how every member's training in areas like conflict resolution, construction safety, and task safety played a role in averting a crisis. The management, impressed by the team's performance, decided to engage Sarah, the scaffold supervisor, to oversee scaffold dismantling as well. Sarah had significant scaffolding skills and had completed courses in leadership training and employee supervision. She was an expert at operating heavy machinery, including the trench compactors. John's team was also responsible for off-road 4x4 driving techniques, heavy vehicle defensive driving, and AARTO system regulations. Given the mix of terrains they had to navigate to reach different construction sites, these skills were essential. They even had courses for light delivery vehicles and motorcycle defensive driving for delivery staff. With AARTO system training, they made sure that professional drivers understood the legal obligations and safety requirements, particularly for fleet managers. To address the challenge of securing heavy machinery for transport, they had a specialized training session on lowbed securement best practices. A team member, Mark, was excellent at maintaining customer relations, a skill he acquired through specific training programs. As the team expanded, pre-employment professional driver evaluations were introduced. This helped in assessing the driving skills of new recruits, which was crucial for maintaining construction site safety. Economic driving skills were taught to make the best use of fuel, reducing operational costs. Their training programs also catered to expats, offering RSA roads orientation, anti-hijacking techniques, and risk mitigation. They even included a unique program focusing on defensive driving for gravel roads. The last addition to their training curriculum was a special course on economic driving skills and techniques to help save fuel and reduce emissions. One day, they received a big project that required additional skilled workers. Luckily, John had undergone supervisory training, enabling him to manage even larger teams effectively. The project was a big success, and it was all thanks to their diverse skill set, continuous training, and excellent supervisory skills. The team felt a sense of accomplishment, knowing their comprehensive training—from 4x4 driving techniques to construction equipment operation—made them versatile and effective in their roles.
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