Local star: cop’s big break

2008-11-19 00:00

MTHOKOZISI Ngubane, the “dancing traffic cop” who delights motorists with his charming way of controlling traffic at busy intersections, will soon be seen in a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) advert.

GoodFellows Advertising company, which promotes local KFC franchises, was so impressed when they saw Ngubane’s story and pictures in The Witness that they decided to use him in a pamphlet for KFC.

Ngubane, known as “Mho” by the community of Sobantu where he lives, said the move might open opportunities for him. “I hope it is going to open doors for me if more businesses see the advert,” said Ngubane.

The unemployed Ngubane, who works as a reserve traffic officer for the Msunduzi Municipality, can be seen controlling traffic at Peter Brown Drive N3 off-ramp in the mornings and Chota Motala Road in the evenings.

GoodFellows client service manager Hilton Tredgold said he did not think twice before approaching Ngubane after reading the paper on Monday morning.

The pamphlets with Ngubane’s picture will be distributed on Friday in spots where Ngubane works in a once-off promotion.

“The theme of the advert is ‘The taste of KFC leaves you feeling good’. The qualities that he displays as a person is what the KFC brand represents,” said Tredgold.

Ngubane’s arrival at the KFC outlet in Northway Mall yesterday, to meet Tredgold about the advert, caused excitement as employees left their work to shake hands with him, hug him and pose for pictures with him.

“Why can’t the municipality employ you permanently?” asked one employee.

Northway Mall KFC manager Chris de Meyer offered him a meal of Streetwise Two every day for a week, which started yesterday.

City manager Rob Haswell said he has given permission for Ngubane to star in the advert and was pleased for Ngubane.

“This adds further to the good news aspect of the story,” said Haswell.

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