SEKHUKHUNE – Limpopo Provincial South African Police Service’s Water Policing Unit – a search and rescue team has on Thursday 14 June been established as a fully fledged unit with physical and human resources.
In celebration of the milestone achievement by the Saps, with full explanation and unit members’ capabilities demonstrations, the unit was officially launched on Thursday 14 June 2018.
The celebrations were held at Semooiya Street in the North Industrial area along the N1 North just outside Polokwane Central Business District.
In attendance were Saps Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Jan Scheepers, Deputy Provincial Commissioner Physical Resources Major Senobia Julia Henkins, the Provincial Heads, Cluster Commanders and Unit Commanders.
Senior management of the SANDF Air Force and community based search and rescue units also attended the vent.
Major General Henkins assured Limpopo citizens a strong serving and caring unit which was launched on the day.
Colonel Marlize Potgieter, Provincial Head of PESS detailed the daily activities of the newly established unit and further assured members of the community a professional service which they would receive from the unit because of the intensive training members have attained.
Acting Provincial Commissioner General Jan Scheepers gave a full commitment of a well established unit to citizens of the province which would be ready around the clock for any eventuality relevant t the service.
The General further assured all Saps members attached to the unit unconditional support they would enjoy from Saps Provincial Commissioner General Nneke Ledwaba and management.
Scheepers said the members were always exposed to high risk situations, but would always put people first and perform such duties even it was in crocodile infested rivers or sewerage holes.
He said the unit was very important within police service and therefore, encouraged members of the community to utilise it optimally.
The General further expressed appreciation of the ‘everlasting’ support Saps enjoyed from the SANDF Air Force led by Brigadier General Andre Barends, the Commanding Officer of Makhado Air Force base and other role players.
He encouraged them to embrace the team work spirit and continue in the name of partnership policing.