Manager believes in kindness

2016-04-27 06:00
MOROESI GABA is the communication manager at the Setsoto Local Municipality. Photo: Supplied

MOROESI GABA is the communication manager at the Setsoto Local Municipality. Photo: Supplied

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FICKSBURG. Moroesi Gaba is the communication manager at the Setsoto Local Municipality and she enjoys her work.

In an interview with Express Eastern Free State, she was not shy to tell us things that we never knew about her.

Tell us about yourself.

I am a last born with a brother and a sister Z all of us the pride and joy of Selloane Phakela.

I am a daughter, a mother and a wife and by profession a communicator.

As an individual I am focused, committed and loyal and always try to find the positive side of everything, regardless how hard or impossible the situation may seem.

Where did you grow up?

I was born and bred in Meqheleng, Ficksburg.

How was it growing up as a child?

Childhood memories are so fascinating, because sometimes you cannot quite be sure if you really remember something.

One thing I learnt is that things you were exposed to when growing up, play a pivotal role towards building one’s character.

Being raised as a Catholic had a very important influence in my life. I remember having to attend church on Wednesdays and Sundays, which was compulsory.

For me growing up was fun and very educational.

What did you like most about your childhood?

I loved having siblings who protected me. We grew up looking out for each other and I am glad that even today we are still close.

Tell us about your educational background?

After completing my matric at the Boitumelo High School in 2004, I enrolled for the Public Relations course at the Vaal University of Technology and graduated in 2008.

Later I studied communication-related courses at the Sol Plaatje Media Institute at the Rhodes University.

Where did you start working?

I started work at the Setsoto Local Municipality as a communication intern under the mentorship of Adv. Thabo Mokoena, who was then manager of the Legal and Communication Department.

After completing my internship programme, I was permanently appointed as a communication officer.

Currently I am heading the communication division, but with assistance from my junior colleagues.

Do you love your job and why?

Yes, I love my job, simply because it brings me closer to the community we serve.

As the Setsoto Municipality, we strive to serve our community with pride and dignity while we enhance the quality of our community’s life by delivering basic services as efficiently as possible.

What challenges do you face most often?

Working in the public sector is very challenging.

One meets and deals with different types of people.

Each time I meet a difficult client, I become calm and try to address the situation as modestly as possible.

Tell about a challenge or conflict you have faced at work, and how you dealt with it.

In the workplace we encounter different challenges with regard to individual performances.

One would find a situation where we do not agree on ideas, but being professional one has to seek common ground and in the process make concessions.

What should every woman try at least once in her life?

Try to be adventurous. All of us have that one thing we really want to do, but somehow we are afraid of taking the risk. If you want to do skydiving, bungee- jumping or anything extreme Z go for it and experience the adrenalin!

What is the best advice you have been given?

Anything is possible if you persevere.

Who are your heroes?

Anyone who lives to inspire those around them positively. I believe giving back to the community and changing someone’s life for the better is something beyond words.

What quote do you live by?

If you can be anything, be kind. It is amazing how a simple gesture of kindness can brighten someone’s life.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I am a very shy person who loves staying indoor.

What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?

There is no such thing as a tooth fairy.

What is the one best thing that you will always remember?

The best thing and a feeling I can never forget nor describe is the look in my mother’s eyes when she saw me in my graduation gown.

It was priceless.

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