East Rand News Round Up
East Rand News Round Up: Alderman Johann Jordaan has warned motorists to avoid using Pretoria Road, as the bridge damaged during the floods on Wednesday afternoon is not safe. Despite the metro police closing the road several times on Thursday, the barriers had been removed several times, he said. Barriers were put up at the Elgin Road circle and Beukes Road, forcing motorists to use Vlei Street through Glen Marais to get back onto Pretoria Road. In a similar story emergency services were back on the scene at N3 Linksfield to conduct a search and rescue operation on Thursday. Following the deadly floods on Wednesday where six people died and a three-year-old child went missing, the SAPS airwing, City of Joburg’s specialist Swift Water Rescue team and Emer-G-Med paramedics were combing through the area in search of any further victims. Various areas in Ekurhuleni and Joburg were hit with severe flash floods, which caused major damage and traffic congestion on the roads.
In a different story Norkem SAPS is inviting people on a voluntary basis to work as reservists and assist the police in the fight against crime. Police departments throughout the country are recruiting reservists for the force in the 2016/2017 financial year. The recruitment of potential police reservists for Norkem Park SAPS has already started, with their first information session to be held today at Laerskool Birchleigh starting at 7pm. “Interested applicants are requested to submit the 13 documents required along with a cover letter and hand written motivation, in English, to Norkem Park Police Station,” Capt Seth Baise, Reservist Commander at Norkem Park, explained.
The process for Norkem SAPS will consist of five phases:
- Phase 1: Paperwork Submission – November 1 to December 31 2016
- Phase 2: Fitness and Vetting – January 21 and 22 2017
- Phase 3: Psychometric Assessment – February 2017
- Phase 4: Informal Stations Training – March 2017
- Phase 5: Formal Provincial Training – April 2017