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DRMC bolsters its volunteer corps<p>​</p><p>The Safety and Security Directorate's corporate performance scorecard covers a range of indicators.<br></p><p> </p><p>This includes training interventions for staff, recruitment of both permanent staff and volunteers, operational interventions like the number of roadblocks held, CCTV incidents detected and relayed to responders on the ground, the percentage of budget spent and education and awareness initiatives implemented at community level.</p><p> </p><p>'For many people, Safety and Security is the uniformed staff on the ground, doing the enforcement work, or the firefighters on the frontlines, and while true, there is an entire 'behind the scenes' operation to ensure that the City delivers on its mandate.  </p><p> </p><p>'The quarterly performance indicators provide an overview of the Directorate's work, and helps those of us in an oversight role understand what is working well, where the shortcomings are, and what remedial measures have been implemented to address those. It also helps those tasked with oversight to hold officials accountable,' said the Chairperson of the Safety and Security Portfolio Committee, Councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe.</p><p> </p><p>In the Disaster Risk Management realm, there has been particularly good progress, including the:</p><p> </p><ul><li>Appointment of 84 new volunteers, taking the overall number of registered volunteers to 514</li><li>25 emergency exercises/drills compared to a quarterly target of four</li><li>264 public safety, awareness and preparedness sessions hosted in communities, against a target of 125 for the quarter<br><br> <br><br>'The centre is at the heart of so much of our emergency preparedness and response planning, and they rely heavily on their volunteer corps. However, in recent years, recruitment of new volunteers slowed due to the pandemic, so it is heart-warming to see the progress made. The centre has also received an influx of requests from private venues, community facilities and other interested parties for emergency exercises or drills, and they've ramped up their education and awareness sessions too, particularly around fire safety. DRM's role is critical to public safety in our city, and the vigour with which they've tackled their mandate in this financial year is to be commended,' added Councillor Nqavashe.<br><br> <br><br> </li></ul><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-11-01T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d10

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