Long-service municipal staff awarded

2016-02-04 06:00
Municipal manager DD Naidoo and Zinhle Mvundla Employee of the year, with her trophy and certificate.  PHOTO: precious gumede

Municipal manager DD Naidoo and Zinhle Mvundla Employee of the year, with her trophy and certificate. PHOTO: precious gumede

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UGU District Municipality awarded a number of its staff who have more than 10 years’ service at the municipality.

Departments were also awarded for their hard work and dedication in the 2015/2016 financial year.

Ugu mayor Notombifikile Gumede said it is an honour to recognise employees who have been with them for such long time.

Gumede said this shows their commitment to the municipality.

“Commitment is important when serving the community. Many of the people awarded here have been with us for more that 15 years, this shows dedication and commitment to the municipality as their employer and to the community,” said Gumede.

Gumede said she is aware that other employees could have been part of the ceremony, but they were unable to attend because of illness.

Gumede urged staff to notify their employer if they are sick so they can get help, saying that the most common “illness” among employees is alcoholism.

“If you are sick and need help it is better to let your employer know about your condition so they can provide help rather than you giving up your job because of something that can be cured,” said Gumede.

Municipal manager DD Naidoo­ gave a special award to an employee whom he felt deserved the “Employee of the Year” award.

Zinhle Mvundla received the dux award for her dedication to her work.

“This employee is special to me. Zinhle started as a general worker for the municipality in 2013. She then requested that the municipality assist her to further her studies an she wanted to become an artisan.

“With the financial constrains the municipality had to cut the assistance, but Zinhle did not give up. She went the extra mile by paying for her own studies, and after completing her studies she came back and told me she is now a qualified plumber,” said Naidoo.

Naidoo said Mvundla showed dedication and a passion for her work and he is very proud of her.

Zinhle was awarded R2 500 and a day off work.

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