Town rangers to patrol Central

2015-06-03 06:00
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Rangers Sicelo Zalabe and Phillinda Reid on duty.

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: Rangers Sicelo Zalabe and Phillinda Reid on duty. PHoto: SUPPLIED

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IN a bid to keep the upgraded areas of Central safe and clean, MBDA have introduced Central Rangers who now patrol the CBD, ensuring laws and municipal by-law offenders are dealt with.

MBDA’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Luvuyo Bangazi, said while the concept of rangers is not new, their town rangers are an additional mechanism by the MBDA in a bid to maintain the upgraded areas.

“They deal with law and by-law transgressions, such as criminal activity, management and regulation of informal trading and illegal posters. They also monitor and ensure that the cleansing and security service providers render services as per their contract standards, visiting businesses from time to time in a bid to change perceptions, and provide help to the lost, destitute, injured or sick.”

Bangazi said their rangers which consist of three town rangers and two in the CBD, also work closely with the newly established Tourism Ambassador programme.

Bangazi said in order for the rangers to fulfil their jobs, they are working in close co-operation with Police and other law enforcement authorities such as the Municipal safety and security, SARS customs, and SA home affairs immigrations.

The MBDA say the ranger programme is a permanent feature of their developments. They are also looking to expand the programme in future, said Bangazi.

Bangazi said the operations related to the rangers are part of the MBDA operation’s budget, allocated and approved by the Municipality.

Bangazi could not confirm how much remuneration the rangers receive, saying, “The rangers are part and parcel of the full time staff of the MBDA. As a result income issues are governed by employer/employee confidentiality clauses.”

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