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Take a girl child to work campaign

By Sergeant Zimkhona Mahlangu,

Communication Officer at KwaMhlanga SAPS

 KwaMhlanga – KwaMhlanga SAPS conducted a “Take a girl child to work campaign.” The station took part on this National Campaign where 10 learners were request from the Department of education to participate on the campaign. The campaign is targeting Grade 10 to Grade 12 with the aim of exposing them to the world of work and a wide range of career opportunities available to them within the Public Service and Business Sector, as well as giving learners the opportunities to meet career role models. This initiative has enjoyed unrivaled success as being a platform to inspire young girls to visualise reaching heights of success they never would have dreamed possible to achieve. KwaMhlanga SAPS included the boys in the campaign to also have the experience.

Five different schools in KwaMhlanga circuit gave the station 10 learner (8 girls and 2 boys) accompany by the District Department of Education Assistant Director Mrs M.R. Mbokane. The learners are T.Z Zulu and N.H. Ntuli from Zakheni High School, M.R. Mnguni and L.F Selwane from Senzangakhona Secondary School, K.G. Mphaka and N.T. Malope from Vezikgono Middle School, N.C Mahlangu and B. Mtsweni from KwaMhlanga High School, S.G Mokoape and F.S. Sibisi from Silamba Secondary School.

Learners where firstly briefed by Colonel Joyce Mogadima about how South African Police Service works and the process you go to become a police official. Learners were first send to Communication Service Centre were Sergeant Busisiwe Sihlangu and Constable Chego thought them on how to handle complains and to use radio to communicate with vehicles patrolling around the sectors in the community. They were also thought how to handle a complaint received by telephone, they listened while Sergeant Busisiwe Sihlangu communicate with the complainant who was reporting a case over the phone and  sending the Sector vehicle to assist at the scene of crime. They further visited the Finance Department where Accounting Clerk Nhlanhla Mbonani educate the learners how finance is handle in the SAPS including budget, overtime remunerations, and other finances handle by component. The Human Resource Management open learners eyes when they were told how they handle all the personnel in SAPS and manage the in and out of the personnel and other matters handled by Human Resource office. Other offices that were visited Supply Chain office, Motor Vehicle Accident office. The learner were thought on other careers in the SAPS like Forensic Science, Social Worker, Chaplain handling Spiritual Service, Psychologist, Artisans, Motor machine and many more.

The learners were surprised that SAPS have so many careers and said they thought SAPS was all about chasing criminals.  Learners were handed over with the certificates of appreciation, SAPS Career Booklets, pamphlets, rulers and squeeze bottle. KwaMhlanga SAPS would like to thank all the learners who participated in the campaign and hope to spread the word about the career in the SAPS. Any information about SAPS career feels free to contact any Police Station nearby you.