Margate police station has been named as best in the country

The coveted award was presented to the station’s management at the SAPS National Service Awards in Mpumalanga.

In the space of four months, the station has won three awards. Apart from the national recognition, in November last year it was declared as KZN’s best station. In December last year, the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality cemented that view during its Mayoral Excellence Awards.

In landing the latest accolade, Margate was ranked the best among 1164 stations. The judging criteria included front line service delivery, corporate image, appearance, client satisfaction, partnering with community-based organisations and crime operations.

“The award is a great achievement because it recognises the work we’ve done in honouring our calling as the police, which is to serve and protect,” said Brigadier William Slabbert, the station commander.

However Slabbert, who took up his post about 18 months ago, said the station’s awards was not about a personal triumph but rather a collective success.

He said every police officer, administration employee, the cleaning staff and other individuals at the station, can hold their heads high.
Slabbert’s next mission is to have the holiday town’s tag as one of the worst housebreaking areas in the country, where more than 1 000 dockets were opened for eight consecutive years since 2011, removed from the radar.

“Give us three months and that tag will be a thing of the past. We have formed effective partnerships with body corporates and others. Our housebreaking stats have already dipped by 30%,” said Slabbert.

“We have the most holiday houses and flats in the country and for about 60% of the year, they are unoccupied.That’s when the housebreaking usually happens,” Slabbert said.

Harry Nondaba, the head of Nkampini Community Policing Forum (CPF) said” “We feel safer. Police in Margate take their job seriously and they respect the opinions of people.”

Ernest Booysen, chairman of Uvongo’s CPF, said: “We have just come off a major festive season that brought about
30 000 visitors to our town.

“There were no major incidents. There is a good working relationship between police, security companies and municipal law enforcement.”

Johnny de Vet, Margate’s head of tourism, said: “A safe town is good for business. It’s the safest it’s ever been and much of it is to do with Brigadier’s leadership.”