Edendale hero impresses in new job

2015-05-28 06:00
David Kalonga, the Edendale car guard who found and returned R15?000 has become one of his new employer’s most trusted employees and may soon be up for a promotion. His manager Gert Venter (pictured) said his honesty is his ‘greatest skill set’.

David Kalonga, the Edendale car guard who found and returned R15?000 has become one of his new employer’s most trusted employees and may soon be up for a promotion. His manager Gert Venter (pictured) said his honesty is his ‘greatest skill set’.

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PIETERMARITZBURG’s famous car guard who returned R15 000 to a man who tipped him just R3 has become his new employer’s top asset at a Durban operation.

David Kalonga now works for Professional Risk and Asset Management as a checker for one of the firm’s biggest clients based in Springfield.

He was cherry-picked after a media frenzy around his act of honour with the company offering him a job on-air on a Gauteng radio station.

But the 24-year-old, who admits he is a devout Christian, said he just wants to be another person contributing to society.

“I want to work hard and just be another normal person in the world,” said Kalonga, who admitted he enjoyed receiving a regular income and a better quality of life.

The soft-spoken man left Zimbabwe in May 2014 after finishin high school, but failing to find work.

In August, while working as a car guard at Edendale Mall, he found a bag in the car park that contained R15 000, and a Tablet.

It was a moment that changed Kalonga’s life. He handed the bag to the mall’s security who located the owner.

“My friends asked me at the time why I gave the bag of money back and did not pocket it, but now they appreciate what I did. I just want to put all my effort into this company. I want to thank God for what has happened.” And his bosses see the young man as a potential high flyer with the likelihood of a promotion in the near future.

His manager, Gert Venter, said his head office called him last year and said: “Create a post for David.”

“My Johannesburg office phoned me and told me to get to Durban and employ David. We had no vacancies at the time, but it is not often you find a man like him. It is his skill-set of absolute honesty that makes him so invaluable. We can trust him. His main function is to cross-check all the stock leaving the warehouse. It is probably one of the most important jobs in the warehouse,” said Venter.

He said Kalonga has impressed them so much they may even employ his brother once he finishes high school.

“We are happy we employed him. He works hard, and besides that, he is a really nice guy who everyone respects,” said Venter

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