Traffic Officer Intake 2014
A total of 43 traffic officer trainees (32 provincial students and 11 municipal students) were recruited by the Department of Transport and Public Works for a 12 month training course at the Gene Louw Traffic College in Brackenfell.
The course started on 11 August 2014.
Since its opening, this college has consistently improved on its service delivery to traffic professionals. The effort of the management and staff over the years has established the reputation of this traffic training college in South Africa and beyond.
One of the college’s accomplishments is full accreditation with the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA), Road Traffic Management Corporate (RTMC) and South African Police Services (SAPS) as an official institution to facilitate and manage firearm training.
The College Experience
The training course has brought Renay Kennedy and Janneke Bergman (both 23 years old) closer. They previously worked as interns in the Provincial Traffic Services and are excited for the year ahead and committed to help one another to complete the course.
Ms Bergman, from George, says graduating with a cum laude is her goal.
“I’m just grateful to be here and for this opportunity. To make a difference and potentially save people’s lives serve as motivation for me to make the most of this training.”
Ms Kennedy, from Beaufort West says she’s already learned a lot during the first few weeks of training.
“This include how to deal with people’s conduct, road safety, teamwork as well as the importance of traffic officers in society. I don’t just want to be a traffic officer on paper, but one at heart. I definitely look forward to my future as a traffic officer.”
Minister Grant Visits the College
On 22 August 2014, Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant visited the students to thank them for pursuing a career in traffic law enforcement.
“You have a big role to play as an important contributor to road safety in the Western Cape. Our province has shown a significant decrease in road fatalities and this can be attributed to our integrated law enforcement activities. I’m confident that you will take pride in your roles when you walk out of this building in a few months time.”
The college has been committed to developing a professional and effective traffic management service for many years.