MAFUTSENI – Eleven livestock rangers smiled all the way to the bank yesterday after each receiving E1500 for their efforts from the Sincephetelo Motor Vehicle Accidents Fund (SMVAF).
The rangers, who were tasked by their respective chiefdoms in the Hhohho, Lubombo and Manzini regions to drive all stray livestock away from the country’s main roads along the MR3 road using E40 000 worth of bicycles donated by the Fund last year, were handed over their cash envelopes at the Mafutseni Police Station by SMVAF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Helmon Vilakati.
Vilakati, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Road Safety Council, said that both organisations were very grateful to the rangers for their tireless efforts in driving away stray livestock from the country’s roads, which in return reduced accidents, the death toll and the demise of valuable livestock.
“I have been sent by my superiors to firstly thank you for the commendable job that you have done since the Minister of Public Works launched this project in March last year. You have been consistent and diligent in your duties and the positive change is visible and shows that your authorities chose you gentlemen because of their faith in you. As frontrunners of this initiative, we hope that you will continue with your good work so that even other areas may benchmark from your districts and we should also be cognisant of the fact that this road leads us to our newly established international airport, therefore it is important that even tourists who visit our nation are protected from the dangers that stray livestock can cause,” he emphasised.
Vilakati also reminded the rangers about the upcoming national events which will be held at Ebuhleni and Hlane Royal residences in the near future, and stressed that it was important that no livestock would be left astray on the roads.
He also promised that he would return a report on his meeting with the rangers and hopefully a way to compensate the rangers for the work they put in daily could be mapped out between all road safety stakeholders.
Echoing Vilakati’s words was Road Safety Council Planner Muzi Maphanga who thanked the SMVAF once again for assisting them in their road safety mandate.
“We employed some rangers some time ago to help drive livestock away from the roads. The SMVAF came on board through donating bicycles to make the rangers’ work easier so they wouldn’t have to walk to achieve this feat, and now they have also showed that they too want zero livestock on the roads through this gesture,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the eleven rangers who received E1500 from the SMVAF yesterday, rangers’ spokesperson Pastor Johannes Dlamini said that this gesture will rejuvenate them to work even harder in executing their duties of driving stray livestock from the country’s roads.
Dlamini said they were appreciative of the monetary incentive extended towards them by the Fund, as this would go a long way in keeping them motivated.
“We signed up for this on a volunteer basis but this gesture has really motivated us and shown that our efforts are being recognised. We promise to carry on working hard to ensure that His Majesty’s subjects and visitors are always kept safe from stray livestock that venture towards the roads, as ours is a national duty having been commissioned by our respective chiefs to carry out this task,” he said.
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Galela Dlamini – Ebuhleni
Albert Cebe – Mafutseni
Samson Ndlandla – Mafutseni
Lucky Tsabedze – Nyakatfo
Khanya Motsa – Nyakatfo
Mvimbi Ndwandwe – Nyakatfo
Sebenele Dlamini – Ka-Langa
Johannes Dlamini – Ka-Langa
Phineas Mlotsa – Ka-Langa