KZN Traffic Department scoops three top awards

2009-09-02 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Traffic Department walked away with three service excellence awards at the annual International Traffic Safety Management Conference in Cape Town.

Two officers from the province and the traffic college were honoured for their service at an awards gala evening attended by traffic police veterans from all provinces.

Officer Colin Govender, who has been at the traffic department for 15 years, was honoured with the 2009 Traffic Officer of the Year award. Govender is chief provincial inspector at the Road Traffic Inspectorate head office (planning and advice).

He is credited with being one of the officers dealing with queries from the public to the Arrive Alive website about road safety matters.

Officer R. Oosthuizen, also from KZN traffic, won the “going the extra mile” award, and the KwaZulu-Natal Training College was honoured as the best traffic training centre.

In honouring the officers, special advisor to the Transport Minister Dr Kwazi Mbanjwa told the traffic officers that their job is important as it saves many South African lives.

He said the awards “are aimed at encouraging and motivating law enforcement officials and road safety officials to perform duties with enthusiasm and due care”.

Mbanjwa said the reason for organising the conference was to share knowledge, experience and practices so that all traffic officers can benefit from it and improve their daily effort to reduce deaths on South African roads.

He said the nominees had displayed qualities such as good conduct, dedication, leadership and performance beyond the call of duty, which were the selection criteria for them to qualify.

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