Correctional officers earn top award

2015-04-30 16:45
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Pietermaritzburg Correctional officers who scooped first position in the national excellence awards for their role in poverty alleviation and community development (front, from left)  Dennis Williams, Mabongi Mchunu, Nonkululeko Mk

PHOTO: supplied Pietermaritzburg Correctional officers who scooped first position in the national excellence awards for their role in poverty alleviation and community development (front, from left) Dennis Williams, Mabongi Mchunu, Nonkululeko Mk

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CORRECTIONAL officers under the Pietermaritzburg management area are proof that hard work pays off, after scooping the most prestigious award at the National Excellence Awards held in Cape Town recently.

The group, comprising five members, were awarded the Minister’s Discretionary Award by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services­, Advocate Michael Masutha, for their participation in community development. The awards are held annually to recognise outstanding contributions and performance by correctional officials.

Chairperson of the group, Dennis Williams, said they scooped the award for their role in poverty alleviation and community development.

“Currently, we have various social investment projects around different under- privileged­ areas under Umgungundlovu. We are excited about the award, as titles, positions, material wealth and money do not mean anything if you have not made a difference in your community.”

Advising other public servants, he said: “Be passionate about your work, don’t choose your profession because of money. It goes beyond money. It is about service delivery and putting people first.”

Group marketing officer, Patrick Mtolo, said it is important for South Africans to join hands in fighting poverty, instead of waiting for the government. “Our recipe for success is passion. Helping the needy is something we are passionate about, but not because we expect anything in return.

“As public servants we must treat our work as a calling so we can reap the rewards. Other than public servants, it is also important for us to be concerned about the welfare of one another so that we can help where needed.”

The group walked away with a floating trophy­, R21 000 and a laser printer

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