Informal Car Guards & parking Wardens Formally Recognised

On Tuesday 1 April, Overstrand’s informal car guards and parking wardens finally got the recognition they deserve. At an event hosted jointly by Overstrand Municipality, SAPS, the Department of Community Safety and AfriForum in the Hermanus Auditorium, Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie thanked this team of Overstrand “ambassadors” for a job well done and for their ongoing dedication and commitment to serve the public.

As part of a programme initiated by AfriForum to formalise the employment of car guards and parking wardens, the team underwent extensive training including a course in First Aid which will greatly assist their ability to deal with unforeseen emergencies on the spot. As the Director of Protection Services, Neville Michaels, put it, “a warden’s duty is to assist the public, be an asset to Hermanus Tourism and make Hermanus proud”.

Most importantly, though, the team has just completed their first three months of official employment.

Speaking on behalf of the MEC for Community Safety, Ms Nomafu Mphothulo Ximiya lauded Overstrand for being the first to formalise car guards and parking wardens, and commented that this initiative will definitely be rolled out to other local authorities and provincial governments.

The main sponsor of this initiative, AfriForum, surprised the beneficiaries by handing out brand new distinguishing jackets – a move which was promptly followed by an announcement by Ms Ximiya that her department was so impressed that they decided to sponsor the boots that will complement the jackets.

Acknowledging that the public can be difficult at times, Alderwoman Nicolette Botha-Guthrie urged the team to do their jobs with pride and dignity at all times.

“It does not matter what your job description is, what your salary is or where you live: Everyone is equal and has the right to a job.  With self-respect, honesty and dedication, anything will be possible.  By being helpful and friendly, you will do your bit to make Hermanus the place to be.  Go out there; the motorists and the public need you,” she concluded.


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