MVA Fund donates equipment worth over E240 000 to REPS
Sincephetelo MVA Fund has once again lent a helping hand to the Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) in an effort to keep the country’s roads accident free.
On Monday MVA handed over a caravan facility and other equipment to be used in traffic policing worth over E240 00.00 to the Police Service in the presence of the Honourable Prime Minister – Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini who is also the Minister responsible for Police Affairs. The event started off by the Premier cutting of the ribbon at the Malagwane Traffic Cooling station in the presence of other government senior officials and closed off with speeches at the Police Headquarters.
Making his remarks, Dlamini said the fully equipped top of the range caravan and accompanying equipment to be used by Traffic Police officers deployed at the Malagwane Traffic Cooling Station is the latest form of kindness to be extended by the MVA Fund to the Police Service. He expressed his appreciation to MVA Fund for their long standing history of supporting programmes that are aimed at strengthening road safety in the country. He noted that the Royal Eswatini Police Service has been among the biggest recipients of the Fund’s generosity.
Over the past years, MVA fund has spent about E1.5 million on equipment that is aimed at enhancing traffic policing in the country including speed cameras which were recently donated to REPS traffic department.
“This is a very substantial investment, by any standard, to have been made by the MVA Fund towards assisting His Majesty’s Government in ensuring that levels of road safety are kept at the highest possible level. Without doubt, Sincephetelo MVA Fund is a true and valuable strategic partner to Government.”
The Premier commended MVA’s commitment in implementing interventions aimed at improving road safety as a vital aspect towards the success of Government’s forthcoming strategic roadmap which focuses on creating an environment that is conducive for business growth, investment and efficient public service delivery. He said road safety is important for the development of the country as it facilitates the smooth flow of business interaction and for citizens to have a reliable road network for accessing essential social services such as health and education.
The PM said government is encouraged by reports that fatal accidents involving trucks have been dramatically reduced since the setting up of the Cooling Station at Malagwane Hill. He stated that the decrease of these accidents is a positive development as Malagwane connects two big cities and leads to Matsapha which is the industrial and manufacturing hub. He applauded the Police Service for a job well done through their commitment to ensuring public safety and the protection of the citizens and visitors. Dlamini expressed hope that the provision of the caravan will motivate the traffic officers as they go about their duties since they will be now working in a more conducive environment. He encouraged the officers to always ensure that the country’s roads are safe as ‘one life lost is one too many’. He further advised traffic officers to be always courteous as they discharge their duties on the roads. He said officers should consistently keep it in mind that they are the most visible first point of contact for investors seeking to set up businesses in the country as well as tourists visiting the Kingdom. Traffic Police officers were encouraged to strive to portray a positive image of the country to all road users. Drivers and all other road users were implored to take matters of their safety to heart. He encouraged other entities to emulate the good example set by MVA Fund and partner with Government to boost the safety and security of Emaswati.
Acting National Commissioner of Police – William Dlamini expressed appreciation to MVA Fund for the kind gesture saying the structure was much needed since traffic officers were working under unfavorable conditions. He also applauded MVA Fund for their efforts as strategic stakeholder especially when it comes to road safety initiatives.
The Acting Commissioner said the Police Service will forever cherish the existing working relationship between the two organizations which has been cemented by MVA’s continued support in providing assistance in high-tech Traffic Policing Equipment and other generous sponsorships coming in various forms. He further thanked members of the Business Community and Corporate organizations who previously provided gazebo tents to be used by traffic officers manning the Cooling Station.
Sincephetelo Fund Chief Executive Officer – Helmon Vilakati said his organisation is always happy to assist where the issue of strengthening road safety is concerned. He applauded the existing collaboration with the Police Service in ensuring that the country’s roads are safe, stating that according to the United Nations Declaration, accidents should have decreased by 50% in 2020.
Also present during the handing over ceremony was Minister of Public Works and Transport – Chief Ndlaluhlaza who also appreciated the gesture by MVA Fund and further noted that his Ministry has a challenge of considering a permanent structure at the Malagwane Hill as it is evident that the Cooling Station is key in the reduction of accidents especially those involving heavy vehicles.
Compiled by Police Information and Communication Office (PICO)
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