Seven student traffic officers from Overstrand Municipality graduated on 6 July from the Gene Louw Traffic College in Brackenfell, after successfully completed the 12-month ‘Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Traffic Law Enforcement’.
Over the last year, course participants received training accredited by the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA), which includes instruction in the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) guidelines on road traffic law enforcement. All participants have successfully completed firearm competency training, driver training (including articulated motor vehicle and motorcycle training), first aid training, and training in fighting fires.
According to Traffic Chief, Rudi Fraser, the Gene Louw Traffic College has a well-deserved reputation for producing well-trained officers. “We know the new traffic law enforcement officers will play a vital role in improving road safety in our area and to help maintain high levels of visibility on the Overstrand roads,” he added.
During the graduation ceremony, special mention was made on the work ethics of the seven student traffic officers from Overstrand. “For a year, they had to get up at 04:00 in the mornings to be on time to attend the classes and arriving late at night back home to study and prepare for the next day. They just know they want something better than they already have and so they did whatever they have to do in order to be ready,” Fraser explained.
The seven traffic officers to join Overstrand Traffic are: Owen Jacobs , Slim Maki, Christelle Fransman, Princess Phelewu, Jay-Cee Marais, Trevino Williams en Fronwin Marais