Polokwane Executive Mayor, Thembi Nkadimeng launched Transport Month with a parade by traffic officials outside the council chamber in the city on Tuesday.
Nkadimeng applauded the women and men in uniform for navigating the stress of people on the roads in their line of duty during Transport Month.
“As a way of easing the stress levels that you encounter on the roads when dealing with different characters of people, the municipality provided you with vehicles to motivate and encourage you to work harder. This is a giant milestone that was achieved with limited resources in place,” she said and indicated that the 90 vehicles will enhance visibility and promote road safety. Nkadimeng encouraged traffic wardens to upgrade their studies to be fully qualified traffic officers and be entitled to the vehicle benefits. “Go out and give praises to your communities through your dedication, commitment and loyalty by rendering quality services at all times,” Nkadimeng said.
Polokwane Municipal Manager, Dikgape Makobe thanked the municipal management for their creative ideas when required in making the purchased vehicles a success. “The newly-purchased vehicles will help in promoting road safety and creating a peaceful and safer city as part of working towards Reaga Polokwane,” Makobe said.
Director for Community Services of the municipality, Ramakuntwane Selepe said that the law enforcement officers and traffic officers are representing the ability of rendering better services. “We have positioned ourselves as a municipality which is ready to serve the people of Polokwane and Limpopo as a whole,” he said.
Polokwane’s Traffic Manager, Moshe Ramothwala acknowledged the efforts of the municipal leadership for providing vehicles for the use of traffic officers. “We will serve Polokwane Municipality with pride and dignity at all times,” he said.
After the parade, the traffic officials departed to Rissik Street for a law enforcement and traffic awareness campaign.
Story & photos: BARRY VILJOEN