They stand out in the wind, rain and scorching sunshine, calmly directing traffic and untangling snarl ups. These are the pointsmen who patrol the streets of Joburg, and now it is time to reward them.
DRIVING along the road, going somewhere in a hurry – but you get stuck in a traffic jam because the traffic light is on the blink.
The mosts passionate and tenecious pointsman will walk away with prizes every monthThe mosts passionate and tenacious pointsman will walk away with prizes every monthHooters toot, tempers flare, you’re going nowhere fast. And then an OUTsurance pointsman turns up to help. Traffic flows again and you’re on your merry way. Now every motorist in the city is being called on to nominate their favourite pointsmen for the inaugural 702 and OUTsurance OUTshine awards.
The awards are being held under the auspices of Talk Radio 702 and insurance company OUTsurance, in an effort to acknowledge and reward those pointsmen who always go the extra mile in executing their duties and helping to get the gridlock moving.
OUTsurance’s Peter Cronje says the awards will give motorists a great opportunity to “give the individuals recognition for a job well done and to motivate the whole team to continue to do their utmost to get motorists through the traffic as quickly as possible”.
All you have to do is nominate your favourite pointsman, especially those you feel bring passion, humility and tenacity to their work.
A list of nominees will be compiled and a winner will be announced monthly. He or she will get a R5 000 voucher from Builders Warehouse. At the end of the year, there will be a first, second and third place overall prize for the most popular monthly winners, who will get R40 000, R25 000 and R15 000 in Builder’s Warehouse vouchers, respectively.
“We encourage motorists to share their special stories in the nominations as we want to pass these on to our points people, to show them what a big difference they are making,” comments Colleen Bekker, of Traffic Freeflow, which spearheads the 702 OUTsurance Pointsmen project.
Aki Anastasiou, 702’s chief traffic reporter, says the idea for the awards was conceived when the station started to receive immense feedback on the project. “We wanted to pass this on to the individuals who make such a difference to our journeys through the traffic each day and reward those who go the extra mile,” he explains.
Motorists who are unsure of their pointsmens’ names can identify them on the 702 website by locating the intersection where they are based. “We’d love to hear about instances where a points person got you to that important meeting or your kids’ first soccer match in the nick of time, for example,” says Cronje.
The first award will be announced at the end of February. For more information on the project and to nominate your favourite pointsman, visit the 702 website.
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