Awarded for keeping the city safe

2018-06-12 06:01
CCID CEO Tasso Evangelinos, Iliso CEO Thuli Sanqela and managing director Louis Rademeyer, and CCID safety and security manager Muneeb Hendricks with some of the PSOs.

CCID CEO Tasso Evangelinos, Iliso CEO Thuli Sanqela and managing director Louis Rademeyer, and CCID safety and security manager Muneeb Hendricks with some of the PSOs.

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A husband and wife team have been a part of making the Central City a safer place for the last decade.

Christopher Qebetu and Amanda Dyani were two of 84 public safety officers (PSOs) working at the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) who received long service awards for five or ten years with the organisation.

CCID safety and security manager, Muneeb Hendricks, says: “Our PSOs and the teams that support them in our 24-hour control centre are on duty around the clock, irrespective of the conditions on the streets, to ensure that the public remains safe in our CBD. But what we are particularly proud of is that these 84 employees who are celebrating long service awards as members of our team make up nearly one-third of our full deployment of 270 officers. This is an outstanding achievement in a very tough industry.”

The CCID’s on-the-street public safety team is contracted via Iliso Protection Services­.

Qebetu and Dyani started as foot officers on the street. Qebetu moved on to the ranks of mobile driver and shift manager, before becoming the CCID’s logistics officer.

Hendricks says: “Qebetu today handles all operations in terms of our body-worn cameras as well as the safekeeping and downloading of footage. He also runs checks on our vehicles and equipment and provides training to our shift managers. Dyani has moved up from being a PSO to a junior controller and today she is the senior controller on shift responsible for the electronic capturing of all incidents that occur in the CBD. The couple have both made solid careers for themselves and we’re extremely proud of them, and indeed all our officers.”

Speaking after the ceremony, Qebetu said “It means a lot to be recognised for your hard work. This is a day that I will never forget. This is my first medal ever – no-one has ever done something like this for me.”

He added that his love for working with people and keeping them safe is a great motivator­.

CCID CEO, Tasso Evangelinos, adds: “We’re also extremely proud of the fact that eight of the team members we’re honouring with long service awards are women, who are out in the field right alongside their male colleagues. We’re also very proud that many of these PSOs have moved up through the ranks, having started by walking the beat, and who are today themselves managers and control room operators.”

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