Community development wins police officers an award

2016-12-14 06:03
Col. Maryke Pretorius (left) and W/O Sanet Viljoen proudly show their Award as the second best admin officer in SAPS EC. Capt. Marvin Scholtz was absent when the photograph was taken.              Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

Col. Maryke Pretorius (left) and W/O Sanet Viljoen proudly show their Award as the second best admin officer in SAPS EC. Capt. Marvin Scholtz was absent when the photograph was taken. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

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COMMUNITY development can benefit greatly when government departments work together.

This became evident when three KwaZakhele Police Station senior officers received the Provincial Service Excellence Award in Administration in East London recently.

Colonel Maryke Pretorius, the station’s Finance Head, Captain Marvin Scholtz, and Warrant Officer Sanet Viljoen, are proud SAPS members who proved they understand the idea of working together to identify a problem and seek a solution.

The award was an acknowledgement of these officials’ roles in improving discipline and instilling a love for education with pupils at a nearby school.

As part of the Safer Schools Project Team, the trio identified problems of ill discipline that bedevilled WB Tshume Primary School which is in its proximity.

Working together with the Department of Education, they introduced a March and Drill project at the school to instil discipline and pride in their uniform.

“We trained about 50 children from WB Tshume Primary School, every Tuesday, from 2 to 3pm.

“The number was whittled down to 36 which we referred to as the Best of the Best. We had a wonderful time with the children as Capt. Scholtz took them through sequence,” said Col Pretorius. She thanked principal Buyile Sali and teacher Zoleka Zinto for their support.

The school was placed third in the National March and Drill Competition in Cape Town.

Col Pretorius said they were pleased that the school still continued with March and Drill.

“WB Tshume Primary School also honoured us during its Awards Ceremony. We did not expect it as we were only doing our job. We’ll always cherish that day,” said Col. Pretorius.

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