Managed by Traffic Freeflow and supported by the City of Tshwane, the project will place trained pointsmen and women at key intersections around the city, to ease congestion during peak hours.
"We have been running the Pointsmen Project successfully in Joburg for over five years and we are ecstatic about the Tshwane launch. We commenced our discussions with the City over four years ago so this launch has been a long time coming," said Peter Cronje, Head of Marketing at OUTsurance.
"It will save time and frustration for motorists, create jobs for the pointsmen and women and contribute towards road safety," he added. "Many millions of Rand in value has been created in Joburg just by getting motorists to work and home that little bit faster. We are confident that we will very quickly emulate this in Tshwane".
Over 35 interns have been training with the Tshwane Metro Police for five weeks to learn the skills and theory necessary to manage their new roles. Many of these trainees were previously unemployed.
"Issues such as traffic safety are everybody's responsibility, not just that of the Metro Police," said Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientsho Ramokgopa. "The City of Tshwane sees this as a flagship project in terms of public-private partnerships. The City can only benefit from partnering with big business - especially when they are based in this metropolitan area".
The project will be effective on the streets of Centurion and Pretoria as soon as 19 May - the day after next week's elections.
"We are kicking off with a moderately sized team, with pointsmen operating at key intersections around the city and in outlying areas, and plan to grow it over time. It won't be long before we have mobile pointsmen and women moving around on motorcycles attending to traffic issues as and when they arise," said 702 station manager, Pheladi Gwangwa. "We know the citizens of Tshwane have been waiting patiently for Pointsmen to help them so today is a happy day for us and them too".
For more information on the project, visit www.702.co.za