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The City’s Safety and Security Directorate celebrated more than 160 staff members today – individuals and teams – who’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty in their jobs, during the annual mid-year commendations ceremony. Read more below:

‘Traffic officer Nkuthalo Zantsi saved a hijacking victim from certain death when he found him bleeding on the side of the road and provided medical assistance until an ambulance arrived …’

‘Metro Police rookie, Constable Lindsey Lotterie, has been blazing a trail since graduating in July 2017. She has made more than 75 arrests since her first deployment …’

‘Nosipho Ntshoko often gives of her time after hours and on weekends to help promote the 107 emergency call centre to the public …’

‘Disaster Management official, Rashied Isaacs, organised a competition among primary schools in Macassar to help promote water saving amid the drought …’

‘Law Enforcement officer Siyabonga Landingwe’s interrogation of two suspects led to the recovery of a large stash of high-grade dagga in Brown’s Farm …’

‘Firefighters Wade Brandt and Gabriel Williams saved the life of a fellow City worker who had fallen into a manhole during a complicated extrication operation …’

These are just snippets of the dozens of motivations submitted by supervisors, department heads and even members of the public for service excellence across the Safety and Security Directorate; whether they’re aiding public safety from behind a desk or in a uniform. For more on these heroics by City staff, click on the link here:

At the end of the year, these candidates along with their peers are in the running for awards in various categories, including the coveted ‘Officer of the Year’ prize at the Directorate’s annual awards ceremony.

‘These commendations and the annual awards ceremony are our way of tipping our hat to staff who really give so much of themselves in the interest of public safety. It’s often a thankless task, and while negative incidents have a tendency to go viral, the many good things that our staff do on a daily basis don’t. So this is our way of acknowledging their contribution and encouraging them to go back out there and face another shift, take another emergency call, educate thousands more about the importance of public safety and save yet more lives,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

The City’s Safety and Security Directorate comprises six departments, namely the 107 Public Emergency Communication Centre; Disaster Risk Management; the Fire and Rescue Service; Law Enforcement; Metro Police; and the Traffic Service.

‘Often, much of the focus is on our enforcement services and rightly so, because our officers do a tremendous amount of work contrary to the belief in some quarters. But the staff at our emergency call centre are often the very first contact the public have with our services and they help to get the appropriate agency to respond to an emergency. Our Disaster Risk Management Centre works tireless to educate the public about safety risks, but also coordinates relief efforts in the event of disasters like fires and floods. So every job within this Directorate is key and the commendations ceremony takes cognisance of that,’ added Alderman Smith.

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