Health department staff awarded for long service

2016-09-28 06:00
PHOTO: supplied KZN Health employees were rewarded 40 years long service certificates (from left) Shanti Ramlakhan, Sibongiseni Dhlomo (KZN Health MEC), Prasheeka Padayachee, Sifiso Mtshali (HOD) and Jabulani Gumede.

PHOTO: supplied KZN Health employees were rewarded 40 years long service certificates (from left) Shanti Ramlakhan, Sibongiseni Dhlomo (KZN Health MEC), Prasheeka Padayachee, Sifiso Mtshali (HOD) and Jabulani Gumede.

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TWO Pietermaritzburg Department of Health employees were among three awarded certificates for 40 years of service by MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

Jabulani Gumede (64), from Imbali and Prasheeka Padayachee (59), each received accolades last Tuesday for their passion, selfless dedication and an unwavering will to always serve the public with distinction.

Gumede who joined the department in 1976, as a general worker and became a driver five years later. He is a stickler for time management, and says he has never been involved in a motor vehicle accident in his career - except for minor fender-benders, which were caused by other drivers.

“Time is everything,” he said in Zulu.

“You have to be on time. It’s a mark of respect for other people. When you are late, you end up making mistakes. You must also give people your time. My job has often entailed working away from home, ferrying people to conferences, sometimes during weekends. You can’t be in a rush. You can’t just leave people, you have to wait.”

A devout man of God, he adds:“My maker has been good to me. It is not of my own doing that I’ve had such a long career without accidents. God has been protecting me all this time.”

He is just as meticulous when it comes to ensuring the roadworthiness of all vehicles that he uses. “You have to check the vehicle thoroughly before using it, and be convinced that it has no problems. If there are, then you must get them fixed, or you don’t use it. That way, everything will always go smoothly.”

Gumede said that when he retires next year he will spend most of his spare time preaching the word of God.

Padayachee, chief director in executive support service, was also one of the receipts. She said she developed a passion to serve and believed in doing the very best in her job.

“I’ve also benefitted from the set of values that were inculcated in me in my early days of employment – a strong sense of discipline, loyalty and commitment have remained high on my agenda throughout my career.”

MEC for Health Sibongiseni Dhlomo congratulated the employees for their loyalty, and for serving the department with distinction.

“We are honoured to call this distinguished trio our colleagues. Between them they have 120 years of invaluable institutional knowledge and experience in their chosen fields. This kind of loyalty is rare.

“It is truly special, and it’s something that no amount of money can buy. We hope that other employees will learn something from them before they retire,” said Dhlomo.

- Supplied.

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