By Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality
The Buffalo City Metro has been boosted by multi million rands worth of donations ahead of its festive season safety campaign.
The confidence shown by donors to Buffalo City Metro traffic and law enforcement through state of the art donations is going to make a huge difference this summer.
The Metro Executive Mayor Councillor Xola Pakati launched the City’s safer festive season campaign on December 2 to kick start the summer season in Buffalo City.
The Executive Mayor together with the portfolio head for public safety Cllr Sangweni Matwele also handed over road traffic safety mechanisms to beef up road safety awareness for this season to keep BCM resident and tourist safe during the summer.
The following donations have been received by BCM from the National Department of Transport, RTMC and SAB:
• The newly revamped Alcohol Evidence Centre & Evidentiary Breath Alcohol Tester
• The new Mobile Vehicle Testing Stations
• The Cattle Truck
• The new Electronic Learners Licence Test System
• The new Tactical Radio Network installed in the Traffic Vehicles
Executive Mayor Pakati said, “We are very fortunate this year that we have received multi million rands worth of donations from our national partners SAB, RTMC, DOT to enable Buffalo City to be more effective. These donations are a reflection of the confidence that these stakeholders have in our strictness, safety campaigns and brand.”
“One of the priorities I outlined yesterday was on the need to better cooperate with the South African Police Service and the Eastern Cape Liquor Board in order to monitor and close down illegally operating Taverns in many areas of our towns. Perhaps, it is critical to involve the South African Breweries in such a campaign.”
“We have also made an undertaking that we will come hard on drug dens and prostitution rings that are operating in certain places in the city.”
The SA breweries also donated two evidentiary breath alcohol tester (EBAT) as part of revamping the AEC SA Breweries have in partnership with Dräger.
The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) donated two Mobile Vehicle Testing Stations (MVTS).
The units comprise of on-board computers, printers, cameras, equipped with all the technology found inside a standard Vehicle Testing Centre. The MVTS will be utilized for testing vehicle fitness on the public roads.
The national department of transport (NDOT) donated the new computerised learners license test system (CLLT). The system is a 4IR replacement of the manual learner’s license system.
The test is fully computerised and it still takes an hour to complete the test. The system selects a total of 64 random questions from a list of 1 200 questions on the system.
The pass rate of the test is still the same as the manual system.