The National Commissioner of the South African Police (SAPS), Gen. Khehla John Sitole and various senior managers in the Service, on May 2nd met with TLU SA regarding mutual interests in terms of rural safety and the implementation of the Rural Safety Strategy.
“The application of the strategy in terms of agricultural requirements and the concept of agriculture-friendly reservists served as the starting point for the discussions,” says Maj. Gen. Chris van Zyl, Assistant General Manager of TLU SA, tasked with safety.
“Gen. Sitole recognised and praised TLU SA’s role in rural safety since October 1993,” he says. “He wanted to confirm TLU SA’s support in the ongoing battle against crime, specifically in local and agricultural communities.”
The SAPS also stated its appreciation of TLU SA’s participation in the drafting of the current revised Rural Safety Strategy as well as their continued support in the implementation of the strategy.
The strategy comprises a Farm Safety Plan designed for farms to ensure a collective rapid response between stakeholders to address all safety and security issues and incidents that affect the agricultural community.
“The discussions were held in a spirit of goodwill and constructive feedback,” explains Maj. Gen. Van Zyl. “Both groups were in agreement that mutual understanding and cooperation will be the guide for the future.”