Meet Tongaat’s new SAPS communications officer

2017-07-20 06:01
Tongaat Station Commander Colonel Santha Moodley (left) welcomes new communications officer, Captain Patrick Ngwane.Photo: supplied

Tongaat Station Commander Colonel Santha Moodley (left) welcomes new communications officer, Captain Patrick Ngwane.Photo: supplied

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THE newly-appointed communications officer for Tongaat SAPS, Captain Patrick Ngwane promises to inject the new blood in the station.

Captain Ngwane promises to come in with innovative ideas that will advance communication channels between the station and the public.
He joined Tongaat SAPS last month, taking over from Warrant Officer Manisha Maharaj-Marie.

“I am very excited to be in this new role and it is a hard earned opportunity. I am looking forward to making new developments and raise the Tongaat to greater heights. The people of Tongaat can expect exciting ideas as well as change from SAPS in the way marketing and communication has been perceived in the community. I will be working alongside communities, liaising with resident groups and individuals.”

He joined the force in 1986 and served at Mayville police station for the two decades, 15 of which as a communication officer.

“I have a diploma in management and I have recently completed a Bachelor of Technology degree in management at Durban University of Technology. Over the years I have acquired the skill of working as a leader and working in supervisory roles, while also managing human, physical and financial resources. I am creative, able to take initiatives and work independently. I am always willing to learn and work well under pressure. I am organised and able to plan, prioritise and coordinate excellent interpersonal and communication skills.”

He said high levels of crime in his community motivated him to become a policeman after he complete high school.

“When I received that opportunity I knew I would make a change and contribute to the world. I also started out with a passion in accounting. I have fulfilled that passion by pursuing my BTech in management which has equipped me with necessary skills to be in a managerial position such as this. I love the fact that I can use my skills and ideas to bring about change within the community. I also love the fact that I get to work with community members and people in media channels. I also love that being in the SAPS has taught me to appreciate my life and make a difference to other people’s lives.”

However, Ngwane said being a policeman comes with challenges.
“Challenges I have encountered as a cop has to be the times when I was placed in the risky lines of duty when I was a young policeman. It was exciting and challenging [at the same time]. I was delighted when I received the good news of my promotion from the cluster commander Major General Ngobeni. I feel very honoured to be given an opportunity to be a captain at the Tongaat SAPS.”

His core functions are to manage media liaison, internal and external communication efforts in the province on behalf of the provincial head.
In addition, to manage, co-ordinate, advise and liaise with SAPS management, other government and non-governmental organisations with regard to external and internal co-operate image, marketing and public relations.



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