Officials lauded for service

2018-04-25 06:00
From the left are Sarah Mahlangu (area coordinator: finance and supply chain), Segole Seitatolo Patience (official) and Subashni Moodley (regional commissioner: Free State and Northern Cape).

From the left are Sarah Mahlangu (area coordinator: finance and supply chain), Segole Seitatolo Patience (official) and Subashni Moodley (regional commissioner: Free State and Northern Cape).

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“You are worthy of being appreciated for the good work you have been doing throughout ten years of service. I have been serving in correctional services for 26 years at many facilities, but it has been my first engagement with such a hard-working team.”

This is how Subashni Moodley, regional commissioner of the Free State and Northern Cape, sang the praises of the team of 154 correctional officers of the Kimberley Management area.

The team, known as the Tsunami Group, celebrated ten years of service at the Horseshoe Inn on 10 April. The officials turned heads by showing up elegantly dressed for the occassion.

Moodley said she dropped everything, and even took time from supporting her husband in hospital to travel from the Free State to specially attend the event.

Disciplined and ideal were the words continuously used to describe the officials, who were congratulated for providing service despite challenging odds. The team members have made a name for themselves by carrying the flag of the centre through sports and education programmes, as well as other projects.

Moodley mentioned some of the highlights in the centre’s achievements throughout the years.

“In 2013 the inmates shone with sports achievements – the males with a gold medal and the female team with silver.

“The inmates proudly returned home with 11 gold medals from the national athletics competition in Rustenburg.

“During the Funda Mzansi programme we won 5 gold, 9 silver and 7 bronze medals.

“Whenever new offenders are transferred from other provinces, you overcome all the challenges and tirelessly deal with them.

“You received the highest matric pass rate in 2015 where we topped all correctional centres with 92%.”

Moodley continued to point out how none of the centre’s achievements would have been possible if it were not for the officials.

“I don’t think you realise how important you are. You always manage to put on a new face when you enter the centre.”

Moodley rated the officials as her A team and a force to be reckoned with; for fulfilling their role of safety, security and rehabilitation.

She concluded by urging them to continue being agents for hope.

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