2012 Centrum Guardian Project
By: Cpl Ally Rakoma
Every person without exception values a word of appreciation for a job well done. Let us remember the thousands of South Africans who depend on the dedicated people who work in the Emergency Services industry on a daily basis.
On Wednesday, 04 July 2012, the Centrum Guardian Project hosted a press launch for the 5th Centrum Guardian Project (2012) at the Lonehill Fire Station in Sandton near Johannesburg. The Centrum Guardian Project is a social responsibility initiative that has been implemented for five consecutive years by Centrum.
It recognises and rewards acts of bravery, courage and self-sacrifice of the people who operate in the Emergency Services industry to rescue ordinary citizens in life-threatening situations.
Ms Natasha MacDonald, the Centrum Brand Manager, said that this year 16 semi-finalists were selected, including the South African Air Force (SAAF). They will all be profiled on SABC 3 in a 13 – week documentary drama series called Centrum Guardians 2012.
Ms Ruda Landman, the television personality and host of the series, proudly said that shooting this series with people in the Emergency Services had inspired and humbled her. “They are remarkable, passionate, dedicated and exceptionally well trained. This series will make South Africans proud”, she said.
The SA Air Force (AFB Hoedspruit) was selected for its immense contribution during the devastating floods in the Lowvwld and surrounding areas of Hoedspruit, which were greatly affected battling the forces of nature to help flood affected communities.
The launch was concluded with inter-agency co-ordination and emergency rescue stunts and evacuation demonstration.