Employees honoured for years of service

2017-05-10 06:01
From the left are Lucas Msimanga (vice-president of operations for Manganese South Africa), Nkosivumile Matwa (longest serving employee) and Jaison Rajan (former Wessels Mine operations manager).  Photos: Supplied

From the left are Lucas Msimanga (vice-president of operations for Manganese South Africa), Nkosivumile Matwa (longest serving employee) and Jaison Rajan (former Wessels Mine operations manager). Photos: Supplied

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Dedicated and long-serving employees of South32’s Hotazel Manganese Mines (HMM), who have worked for the company for up to 40 years, were recently honoured by the mine at a cere­mony hosted at the Hotazel College.

All employees with an uninterrupted service of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years were presented with a long service award from the company.

At the event, Lucas Msimanga, vice-president of operations for Manganese South Africa, congratulated the recipients and thanked their families for their contribution throughout the years.

“It should be noted that our ­contributions would not have been possible without the support and love of our families,” Msimanga said.

“Our people work in diverse roles and geographies and all have a part to play in contributing to the success of our company as individuals, teams and as (a driving force behind) whole operations and functions.

“We are working hard to build an inclusive workplace with a strong culture of care and accountability, in which work is well-designed and we continuously improve and learn. Nothing is more important than our people going home safely and well every day.”

The longest serving employee, celebrating 40 years with South32, is Nkosivumile Matwa.

He began his career as a digger when the company was still known as Lohatla. In those days shovels and wheelbarrows were used for mining. Things have certainly progressed since then.

Matwa said it felt good to receive recognition for his work.

“On behalf of the long-serving employees, I want to thank their families for the support, love and ‘skafthins’ (an informal local word used to describe lunchboxes), that keep us going every day,” Msimanga said in his closing remarks at the ceremony.

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