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06 March 2018
Excitement as MEC Motlhabane Bids Farewell to the Last 20 of the 40 RTM Learnership Candidates Heading to Traffic College

The department has embarked on a vigorous annual recruitment drive for traffic learnership candidates. This recruitment is not only aimed at increasing the visibility of traffic officers on the national and rural roads within the province but also meant to realise a decrease in the accidents, especially halving the fatal accidents on the roads of Bokone Bophirima. This is in line with the 2020 Road Safety strategy, a 'Decade of Road Safety, 2011 to 2020'.

Parents of Road Traffic Management learnership candidates came in numbers to witness the official send off conducted by the MEC for Community Safety and Transport Management Dr. Mokgantshang Motlhabane before their departure to the Traffic College in Tshwane.

This last 20 completes our quota of 40 RTM learners recruited they are going to start their 12 months traffic training programme for 2018. "As part of creating employment opportunities in our community, in 2016 our department took a bold step in line with NPD Youth Brand Ambassador Programme by starting a Road Traffic Management learnership program. This as an intervention aimed at recruiting and training young men and women from across the length and breadth of Bokone Bophirima, with a bias towards villages, townships and small dorpies, Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond the department's control the departure of this group had to be postponed twice before. but good things comes to those who wait", said MEC Motlhabane.

The MEC strongly encouraged the learners to conduct themselves in a disciplined manner during their training period and also urged them to maintai the same discipline even after their training. The MEC further condemned the element of greed, fraud and corruption, especially bribery which is perceived to be rampant amongst the traffic officers.

"I am warning you, 'fore warned is fore armed', do not become involved in those criminal activities. Do not let yourselves to be corrupted after your training pass-out. A word of advice to you learnership candidates is to have passion for this profession and possess determination. I plead with you to remain committed to the philosophy of saamwerk, saamtrek in order for you and us to win this battle against lawlessness on our roads". Concluded Motlhabane.

Learners and parents were reminded to partner the department in its quest to head to President Ramaphosa's call; 'thuma mina, roma nna, send me', which we should do as we emulate the example of the Tata Mandela after whose birthday centenary was declare.


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