75 New vehicles handed over to traffic and emergency officers in Aberdeen
Unseasonably wet weather and very muddy conditions could not dampen the mood at the Aberdeen Traffic Department, in Aberdeen in the Camdeboo Local Municipality, where the Eastern Cape Department of Transport, Roads and Public Works handed over about 75 brand new traffic and emergency vehicles to several local municipalities on the 15th of April.
The fleet, which was sourced from Nissan South Africa, consisted of 20 general traffic vehicles, 20 rescue vehicles, 15 emergency vehicles, 15 ambulances and five forensic pathology vehicles, will ensure improved emergency response as well as traffic law enforcement on the Eastern Cape roads. The traffic officers also received new uniforms. At the same event, the Cacadu District Municipality Executive Mayor, Khunjuzwa Eunice Kekana, and Camdeboo Local Municipality Mayor, Hannah Makoba, unveiled a refurbished Aberdeen Traffic Station on behalf of the Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Roads and Public Works, Thandiswa Marawu.
In her speech, Executive Mayor Kekana said that the new vehicles would go a long way towards making the roads of the Cacadu District safer to travel on. “When an accident happens, we now know that there are well-equipped emergency teams ready – their response times will now be shorter, which will help minimise frustrations and deaths,” she said.
However, Mayor Kekana appealed to residents not to take their lives for granted and to always abide by the rules of road.
“Let us take responsibility for everything we do. South Africans are responsible people, thus we need to look out for and take care of each other,” she said.
Speaking to Cacadu News after the handover, Eastern Cape Department of Traffic Spokesperson, Tshepo Machaea, said that the refurbished police station would ensure a more efficient and quicker service to the Aberdeen community.
He also explained that the handover of the vehicles will fill a void for improved highway patrolling and rapid response services along the N9 - between Middelburg, Graaff-Reinet and Aberdeen, and the R61 – between Aberdeen and Beaufort West. Both roads are notorious for high accident rates.
“The road itself is not dangerous – it is straight and wide, which means that drivers either fall asleep behind the wheel, drive too fast, or are simply not familiar with it,” he said.
“With these new vehicles, we are now able to better enforce the rules of the road on those routes.”
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