Provincial Traffic Enforcement Gets a Human Resource Injection
The Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant was the keynote speaker at a graduation ceremony for traffic recruits. The ceremony took place at Gene Louw Traffic College in Brackenfell. Of the total number of graduates (34), 24 officials are from Western Cape Provincial Traffic, 2 are from the Eastern Cape Provincial Traffic and eight are from Witzenberg Municipality.
The graduates were trained according to the requirements of the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority, Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority as well as Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) guidelines as to how to examine vehicles and licences.
Other skills acquired include Firearm Competency Training, Driver Training, including Articulated Motor Vehicle and Motor Cycle training, as well as First Aid and Fire Fighting.
Besides their Traffic Diplomas, the graduates also received their Traffic Peace Officer registrations.
Minister Grant paid tribute to the management and staff of the college for dedication and continually raising the bar.
“Since its opening, this college has consistently improved on its service delivery to the traffic fraternity at large. The effort of the management and staff over the years has established the reputation of this traffic training college in South Africa and across its borders. This was recently acknowledged by the Road Traffic Management Corporation at its awards ceremony where our college and staff competed with the nine other traffic and municipal colleges and was recognised in all the five categories as the leading traffic training institution in our country,” said Minister Grant.
Turning to the graduates, Minister Grant told them that they have much to be proud of.
“Other than receiving your traffic diploma tonight, you will also receive your registration as Traffic Officers and Peace Officers as well as your appointment cards to practise the duties of a Traffic Officer. It is evident that the diligent work has paid dividends and the time has come for you to report to your respective traffic centres and apply all of the training you received with honour and pride as a traffic official,” concluded Minister Grant.
The achievements of the graduates in obtaining their qualifications included:
- Twelve Progress Examinations.
- Six RTMC Summative Examinations.
- Four Summative Examinations.
- Countless hours spent on practical training in law enforcement activities which also included the compulsory deployment over Easter and the Festive Season to Provincial Traffic Centres and Local Authorities.
- Firearm competency training.
- Driver Training Programme.
- Forty passed Learners’ Licences.
- Twenty passed – Articulated Motor Vehicle.
- Fourteen passed Motor Cycle.
- First Aid and Fire Fighting