Cops come out tops

2016-11-08 06:00
 Yolanda Kotze (left), who works as an administrator at the Cape Town Central Police Station, was awarded Administration Employee of the Year by the provincial police office.

Yolanda Kotze (left), who works as an administrator at the Cape Town Central Police Station, was awarded Administration Employee of the Year by the provincial police office.

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Women staff members of Cape Town Central Police Station are running circles around their competition.

Three of these staff members have recently taken top spots at award ceremonies and competitions.

Yolanda Kotze, who works as an administrator, was awarded Administration Employee of the Year by the provincial police office at a ceremony on Friday 7 October.

The award acknowledges administrative staff who perform above and beyond their daily duties.

Kotze – who is responsible for processing complaints against the station, civil claims, managing cleaning staff at the station and other administration work – is also very active in the victim support group at the station and has created a “room of hope”.

This helps vulnerable or street people with food, clothes, a bath or “whatever their need may be”, explains Kotze.

She has been working at the station for 25 years and says the award came as a complete surprise after a colleague nominated her.

“I was phoned and informed by the provincial office that I must come for a photo. When I asked why, I was told I was one of three finalists,” she says.

“Having won the award, I now feel even more motivated to go the extra mile. I must thank management who supports me.

“I love people and want to reach out. I don’t want to see them as victims; I want to see them as survivors.”

Double goldAlso bringing home accolades are Captain Annelize du Plessis and Constable Breqanza Bostaander, who recently competed at a national functional fitness competition in East London.

Bostaander, who competed for the first time, received a gold medal in her age and weight category and placed third overall in the women’s competition.

Du Plessis also took a gold medal in her category.

The functional fitness competition is made up of an obstacle course and was created following the emphasis placed on the fitness of police officers a few years ago.

Du Plessis used to be the station’s fitness coordinator and then became involved in athletics and functional fitness.

Bostaander was born with underdeveloped lungs and her family encouraged her to participate in sport to improve her breathing. This was the start of her love for sports and she now competes in various other competitions, including tug-of-wars and endurance races.

The two colleagues practise on a fixed obstacle course in Saldanha, which consists of 21 obstacles – such as wheelbarrow pushing, leopard crawling, walking balancing beams, jumping over walls, and pulling tyres – spread over a 500m course.

“It’s strenuous on your body. Your mind-set must be right and you must be physically fit,” Du Plessis says.

She leads fitness training at the station, which started four months ago to train officers who did not pass their yearly fitness tests. The training consists of strength training and cardio work, as well as some self-defence demonstrations.

Bostaander joined the training programme at the station in 2013.

“I just said: ‘Fix me!’ Since then they’ve been pushing me and now I can do long distances, with obstacles in between.”

Du Plessis adds: “Those attending the classes have an excellent sick record. We’ve shown here that if you have a healthy body, you’ll also have a healthy mind.”

Captain Annelize du Plessis (left) and Constable Breqanza Bostaander of Cape Town Central Police Station recently both won gold at a national fitness competition.


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