The OUTsurance Poinstmen Project was officially launched in Tshwane in May 2011, with a parade which reflected the level of training imparted and disciplines learned. The team officially started controlling traffic in our capital city from the 01st June 2011.
We at Traffic Freeflow celebrated our 6th birthday in August and we are proud of the growth that we have achieved this year; currently comprising of a staff compliment of 131 members.
Of this number, 115 Pointsmen service the Joburg region, 31 pointsmen in the Tshwane Metropolitan area and 13 pointsmen in the City of Cape Town.
On the 31st of January, 702 Talk Radio, OUTsurance and Builders Warehouse launched the prestigious OUTshine Awards for the Joburg and Tshwane pointsmen, recognising the pointsmen and women who go the extra mile. 702 Listeners were asked to visit the 702 website and share their story of how their nominated pointsman assisted or made a difference in their lives; the campaign ran for a 10 month duration from February to November 2011.
We would like to thank the Joburg and Tshwane motorists for their positive feedback and taking the time to nominate their pointsmen.
The OUTshine year end awards were held at 702 Talk Radio's studios on the 08th of December, and Moses Moipolai was named the overall winner. Moses won R40 000 in Builders Warehouse vouchers while Emsely Mukwevho was named the runner up, won R25 000 in Builders Warehouse vouchers. Third place was shared between Lydia Petja and Vuyokazi Xhalabile, the pair won R7 500 each in Builders Warehouse vouchers.
At the beginning of 2011, we as Traffic Freeflow launched our new-look website, www.trafficfreeflow.co.za
, which enables motorists to find out where pointsmen are present when traffic lights are down en route. The website also reports on the latest news, awards, events covered, and provides more information to the motorist about the pointsmen or women.
Traffic Freeflow has created a facebook page, which highlights the many exciting developments, and we have also recently joined the twitter scene, staying in touch and keeping motorists up to date with regards to traffic updates, and dispatching of pointsmen.
Events have evolved into an integral part of our business, as the demand for Traffic Control at major as well as smaller events has grown over the past two years.
Poinstmen have worked at various events in 2011 such as; Top Gear's visit to SA, RAMfest Concert, Pastor Chis- Night of Bliss, Neil Diamond Concert, St Stithians Easter Festival, 702 Mother's Day Concert at the Zoo presented by BP Express, Bidvest Unity Walk, Vodacom Country Challenge, BMW International Polo Series, Eqstra Spring Classic, Air Force Base Waterkloof Airshow and Lifestyle Expo, Joburg Day in-tune with Santam and 94.7 Highveld Stereo, Spring Music Day, MTN Zoo Lake Criterium, Gauteng Carnival, Jacaranda 94.2 Sisters with Blisters, and the recent highly successful Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge.
At the end of September 2011, Traffic Freeflow's service level agreement with the City of Joburg expired, however JMPD then extended the company's operations to the end of October and thereafter to the end of February 2012. From the 1st November pointsmen were temporarily taken off the roads to undergo a four day vetting process to thereafter be re- appointed as Traffic Wardens.
The pointsman project was put out to tender by the City of Joburg in early December, and the announcement regarding awarding of the bid will be made during early February 2012.
Traffic Freeflow would like to thank the City of Joburg, JMPD, the sponsors and motorists for their ongoing support during this process.
Our Pointsmen will be taking a well deserved break over the festive season, their last day being the 15th December and once again resuming on the 11th January 2012.
We wish all our staff, partners, suppliers and motorists a very Happy Festive Season, and safe travelling.