Local woman bags gold at shooting competition

2020-01-22 06:00
photo: suppliedZethu Zondi did her team proud at the recent National Key Point Shooting Competition.

photo: suppliedZethu Zondi did her team proud at the recent National Key Point Shooting Competition.

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GREYTOWN resident Zethu Zondi claimed top spot in the female category at a recent National Key Point Shooting Competition in Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.

Zondi is a screener at Airport Company South Africa King Shaka International Airport’s Aviation Security (AVSEC). Over 200 security personnel from SA’s National Key Points converged to test their skill, knowledge and handling of firearms.

Zondi bagged gold medals for pistol, shotgun, and grand aggregate. Overall, her KwaZulu-Natal team of four members took second position at the competition and brought home a total of 12 silver medals for pistol, shotgun and grand aggregate.

Zondi said in a statement: “Thank you to the King Shaka International Airport management and my team leader, Anthony Varathan, for giving us the support we needed that allowed us to excel and participate at a national level.”

While Zondi works as an AVSEC screener within the security department at the airport and hardly ever requires the use of a gun in her daily duties, she developed a love for gun handling during regular training provided by Airports Company South Africa (ACSA).

“I have always been a go-getter, so when the airport was looking for people with no security background to train, I took the opportunity to become part of the Aviation Security team. I told myself I will make the most of it and today I am now a decorated Aviation Security officer,” she said.

Zondi first started working at the airport as a cleaner for Prestige Bidvest in 2013.

Zondi accredits her determination as a quality instilled in her by her mother, who raised her to be independent and self-reliant.

After finishing matric, Zondi wanted to further her studies as a pharmacist or join the South African National Defence Force but, due to financial circumstances, her family could only afford to put her through a security course.

“I think I was destined to work in the security services space, my journey there was hidden and written in the stars. At first, I did not want to do security as a career because I did not understand what it involved. However, I now envision a big future for myself within the sector. I enjoy making sure that I contribute to providing a safe and secure space for airport visitors every day,” added Zondi.

Zondi believes her efforts will inspire others, not only women, but also youth to pursue their dreams and make the most of career opportunities presented to them no matter how small they seem. She hopes her success will change perceptions about the security services as a career choice.

ACSA senior manager (corporate affairs) Colin Naidoo says: “The team has done us proud. I want to thank them for keeping the ACSA flag flying high, through achieving amazing results from the provincial leg of the competition right through to the national competition.” — Supplied.

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