New grad­u­ates mean safer roads

Vuk'uzenzele - - Safety Security -

OPENED laST yEar, the Mpumalanga traf­fic col­lege has held its in­au­gu­ral Pass Out Pa­rade.

Traf­fic of­fi­cers should up­hold the law at all times, con­trib­ute to the re­duc­tion of need­less road ac­ci­dents and not take bribes. A good traf­fic of­fi­cer works hard for the com­mu­nity.

This is ac­cord­ing to the Mpumalanga MEC for Com­mu­nity Safety, Se­cu­rity and Li­ai­son, Pat Ngo­mane. The MEC was ad­dress­ing 161 traf­fic of­fi­cers who grad­u­ated from the newly-built traf­fic col­lege in Bush­buck­ridge, Mpumalanga.

“You should demon­strate what you have learned at the col­lege on the road and en­sure that you con­trib­ute to­wards the re­duc­tion of need­less road ac­ci­dents,” said Ngo­mane.

He said the traf­fic of­fi­cers must work hard to help boost the rep­u­ta­tion of the col­lege so that more young­sters will en­rol to be­come traf­fic of­fi­cers.

In ad­di­tion, MEC Ngo­mane in­vited SADC coun­tries to make use of the state-of-theart col­lege.

“This will lead to in­creased co-op­er­a­tion and syn­ergy in road safety ini­tia­tives and law en­force­ment for the prov­ince and neigh­bour­ing coun­tries,” he added.

The traf­fic of­fi­cers who grad­u­ated from the Mpumalanga Traf­fic Col­lege re­ceived cer­tifi­cates af­ter 12 months of train­ing. The pro­gramme co­sisted of var­i­ous el­e­ments of traf­fic law en­force­ment, such as firearm han­dling, Aarto im­ple­men­ta­tion, the Na­tional Road Traf­fic Act, loads, ve­hi­cle con­trol and the trans­porta­tion of dan­ger­ous goods.

The Mpumalanga Traf­fic Col­lege was launched early in 2017 and can ac­com­mo­date 161 learn­ers. There are 13 such traf­fic col­leges in the coun­try.

The cer­e­mony was also at­tended by Trans­port Min­is­ter Joe Maswan­ganyi who con­grat­u­lated the of­fi­cers on mak­ing the best of this op­por­tu­nity.

“It is my sin­cer­est hope that you will use the skills you have ac­quired to up­lift your fam­i­lies, con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of your com­mu­ni­ties and as­sist us to re­duce the scourge of road crashes and fa­tal­i­ties,” he said.

One grad­u­ate, Martin Barnard, said he was very glad for the op­por­tu­nity and is look­ing for­ward to his ca­reer as a traf­fic of­fi­cer.

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