What it took KZN man to be country’s best traffic officer

2009-09-07 00:00

NAMED the best traffic officer in South Africa by the International Traffic Safety Management Conference in Cape Town recently, Colin Govender believes the award means that his career in law enforcement has come full circle.

Three recipients in the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department — Govender, Officer Raymond Oosthuizen, and the provincial traffic school — won awards in recognition of their service.

Govender who has been in law enforcement for the past 15 years said that although he has worked hard he still cannot believe he has won.

“I am still ecstatic about the win,” he said. “This puts me at the pinnacle of my traffic career and it means that all the work that I have done over the past 15years has been recognised.”

He described the award as recognition for dedication to their jobs by officers who go beyond the call of duty to save lives on the country’s roads. He said the award echoes his ethics and belief in hard work.

“This award should remind traffic officers who believe their hard work is unnoticed that as long as they are dedicated they will be honored for their excellence and service.”

Govender said it was his involvement in a number of successful projects that ensured he was recognised. He has worked on projects such as the successful law enforcement calendar, the Comrades Marathon and the Dusi Canoe Marathon, and is involved in strategic planning of law enforcement in the province as well as disaster management.

“Many of the projects I have been involved in have been noticed nationally and I have had senior national officers congratulate me on my work,” hesaid.

The KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, congratulated members of the province’s Road Traffic Inspectorate who recieved awards.

“We as the Department of Transport are proud of our officers’ achievements. They should not rest on their laurels but must strive to do more in promoting safety on our roads. Winning these awards should inspire the officers to go an extra mile in executing their duties,” said Mchunu.

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