John Schnell praised at retirement

2010-10-01 00:00

SPEAKER after speaker praised the calibre and quality of John Schnell, who yesterday officially retired as the Head of Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI).

The MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu said he was very much honoured to have worked with John Schnell, although he was not pleased that Schnell chose to retire during his term of office.

Speaking at his retirement function at the RTI Training College, Pietermaritzburg, Mchunu said, “It is people like John who were … instrumental in helping the new dispensation to cope with the running of the country in various departments.”

He asked, “Where do you poach for a person of John’s calibre to fill in his position?”

Mchunu said he was hoping that Schnell can stay on and help the department find a suitable replacement for him.

John Schnell said, “It has been an honour and a privilege for me to serve RTI for the past 41 years and I feel that when you have made your mark it is always better to let others take over.”

Jenna-Leigh Schnell his daughter said, “I have always been proud of my father. It is amazing to learn that my father was instrumental in pioneering the Arrive Alive campaign.”

Schnell was hailed as the father of RTI by his secretary, Jeanny Harry.

Schnell has also been made a Knight of the Order of St John Ambulances, and Regimental Sergeant Major of Natal Cabineers.

He is also credited for his role in amalgamating RTI with the Transport Department.

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