It was a moment of happiness for the 37 youths who received their Level 4 certificates as traffic wardens. The project was designed to address youth unemployment, while rendering security and safety services to school children, officials and communities.
GEORGE NEWS - A pilot project launched by the George Municipality that symbolises 'the light at the end of the tunnel' for a group of local youths, received national acclaim recently.
The George Youth Community Safety and Security Project was introduced in January last year as a pilot project of the Department of Public Works.
The project forms part of the social sector of the Expanded Public Works Program (EPWP). Altogether 37 local youths have been trained as firefighters, traffic wardens and school patrols.
The course was completed through the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
The youths were all awarded diplomas in law enforcement (NQF Level 4 Traffic Warden) last Friday, at the George Civic Centre.
Jeremy Cronin, the deputy minister of public works, a special guest at the function, praised the role players: "I am very impressed with the progress made by the municipality," he said. "We want to use the success of this project as an example for other municipalities to do the same."
One of the students, Vuyiswa Ndzanda, gave her testimony during the certificate award ceremony. "When this project was piloted last year it meant more people could be appointed. For some of us it symbolised seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.
"We are now qualified traffic wardens; re-gistered peace officers, who can do this municipality - and most of all our communities - proud."
George Mayor Charles Standers introduced the Traffic Warden Project as one of the flagship projects within the George Municipality. "Not only is it a job creation project, but it enhances the youth's chances of future employment and their capacity to generate income," he said.
"It has played a significant role in affording our youth the opportunity to move past the constraints and limitations that so often characterise their lives.
"As a municipality we realise that taking ownership of any empowering programme is a core element in implementing it successfully."
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