Nestled in the heart of Soweto, Naledi Police Station was nominated by its community for a Glenrand M-I-B Police Station Renovation in recognition of service beyond expectation. As a result, the Community Service Centre (CSC) received a fresh coat of paint inside and out, in addition to the installation of benches and a thorough refurbishment of the tiled floors, leaving the CSC at Naledi looking as good as new. A washing machine has also been added to service the trauma unit at Naledi Police Station, in recognition of the excellent work that is done.
The Glenrand M-I-B Police Station Renovation campaign is an interactive radio campaign with Talk Radio 702 as the media partner, supporting the South African Police Service in the fight against crime. The campaign was launched in Gauteng in August 2009 and has since been extended to include the Western Cape as of February this year.
“Glenrand M-I-B’s involvement in this campaign was a natural choice for us as we deal with the results and implications of criminal activity from an insurance perspective on a daily basis. Our police face untold danger and life threatening situations in the fight against crime to make our communities safer for us to live in so we felt it would be a great opportunity to call on South Africans to tell us how we could make the daily work environment of our SAPS that much more pleasant and motivating,” explains Busi Mabuza, Executive GM: Marketing and Development of Glenrand M-I-B.
The Naledi SAPS enjoys a tremendous amount of support from its community who are actively involved in the activities and projects spearheaded by the station. Naledi Station’s umbrella of responsibility currently incorporates approximately 7km² of territory with a population of 128 587.
“Members of our community are sometimes the victim of crimes that are related to issues such as domestic violence and crimes against women and children. The trauma centre at Naledi Police Station has specifically been introduced to serve as a safe haven where victims of these crimes can receive the necessary counselling and protection they need to cope with crimes of this nature,” says Captain Malesa, Naledi SAPS.
“The service that is rendered by the SAPS is supported and enhanced with help from the community, who give freely of their time to aid us in our efforts to fight crime. Additional community services such as applying for a South African ID document from home affairs is also facilitated at the station. Naledi has had to deal with lost children and adults and has been equipped to deal with such incidences. All community volunteers and helpers have been trained by the MEC’s office, enabling them to deal with issues that may arise,” explains Captain Malesa.
As an additional measure the Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA) which serves as a trade union to more than 211 000 public servants has stepped onboard with a donation of 100 teddy bears to the Naledi SAPS Trauma Centre. “We started a project that is specifically aimed at lending a helping hand to children that find themselves in a traumatic environment. The PSA has thousands of SAPS members who work in very trying and difficult circumstances. We want to make that burden a little lighter by giving our men and women in blue the means to give a child in need a little bit of warmth and care,” says Ina Kuhn, PSA National Manager.
“We would like to invite the public to take a stand in the fight against crime and to get involved in your community. Visit www.702.co.za. to cast your vote for your local SAPS precinct, which will give your police station a chance to receive a Glenrand M-I-B Police Station Renovation,” concludes Busi.