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GGT2030-TEAM JHB continues to prioritise residents’ safety

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Operation Command Centre (OCC) for GGT2030-TEAM JHB, which falls under the central cluster, is steadily taking shape on 1 Lindhorst Street, Towerby.

One of the directors and the owner of Guardian Angels Security, Steve Dwarika, said there are 75 security companies with the same purpose of helping with the community’s safety at the OCC.

“We are the alliance of security companies which will assist all law enforcement. Our idea is to have other law enforcement agencies in this premises to help with crime in the area and along the central corridor.

The security students attend one of the classes. Photo: Lucky Thusi

“It is all a work in progress. There will be a K9 Unit display. The white wall is for businesses wanting to advertise and work with us. The New Apostolic Church has given us a large space at the back of the church. “There, we will have community vegetable gardens, a place for an obstacle course, a display area for events and two helipads – one for the SAPS and the other for emergencies.

“Inside the building, we have rooms for a medical bay, volunteers and GBV brigade, crime intelligence and the Hawks, a training centre, canteen, kitchen, boardroom and control room (which will have the GGT Team, the CPF, the SAPS, the JMPD, Gauteng Traffic Police and wardens, to name a few).

The second batch of security students. Photo: Lucky Thusi

“We have some challenges where businesses and other companies can help because we are doing all this out of our pockets. Help resurface the helipads and grass where the K9 Unit will be based. We require more TV screens and internet providers will be much appreciated and are really needed.

“Lastly, over the coming years, we envisage all these companies to train and hire at least 750 unemployed people to help with safety and security in the area,” explained Dwarika.

Free security training continues

The second batch of students were enrolled and are continuing with their training – theory and practical.

The security students in class. Photo: Lucky Thusi

Instructor Johnny Mothapo said he is pleased with the progress despite some teething problems.

“I started in Alex, where I did the first and second batch of trainees. I’ve already done Soweto. The next one will be in Ennerdale. We will have a certificate ceremony after we’ve finished with all of them.

Instructor Johnny Mothapo. Photo: Lucky Thusi

“We still need teaching equipment like projectors and stationery. Ideally, we want to give the students the books to own them. However, we can’t because we must use them for the next batch of students. We also appeal for donations of T-shirts that will be ‘GGT2030-TEAM JHB’ branded.

“When it comes to students, we have different groups – those who fall under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and those who lack writing. However, orally, they are good. We have devised strategies to balance our teaching,” he said.

Some of the security companies’ logos. Photo: Lucky Thusi
Some of the current partners for Operation Command Centre. Photo: Lucky Thusi

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