Never giving up leads to success

2015-12-08 06:00
Photo: supplied Crawford Sicwebu climb to where he is today is the result of hard work.

Photo: supplied Crawford Sicwebu climb to where he is today is the result of hard work.

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CRAWFORD Sicwebu has been with Compass Medical Waste Services for 16 years, which is the only company he has ever worked for, and every day is different and challenging he says.

Sicwebu grew up with five brothers and three sisters and attended Ndwedwe School, but after matriculating he struggled to find a job.

He subsequently moved to his aunt’s home in Chesterville hoping to be closer to work opportunities that might come his way.

After three frustrating years of job hunting a friend, who worked as a gardener for Ian du Randt, founder and MD of Compass, told him the healthcare risk waste company was growing and looking for hard-working employees.

His first job at the company, which in 1999 only employed about 15 people, was securing lids on Bocan containers.

“Compass is, and has always been, 100% focused on safety and this was instilled in me from my first day,’’ explains Sicwebu.

“We never cut corners when it comes to the products and services we offer and this provides me with a great sense of job security.’’

After six months at Compass, Sicwebu became an onsite staff member at Clairwood Hospital and spent two and a half years working in the wards, collecting the healthcare risk waste, taking it to the central storage area and then overseeing the weighing and loading of the vehicles.

“I learnt so much about healthcare risk waste, which has greatly assisted me as I moved up the ladder at Compass.’’

Sicwebu was then appointed to run the warehouse which required him to pick the stock for customers and oversee the loading of the vehicles.

“I often went on the actual vehicles to ensure that the correct routes were taken and that the distribution of the containers and loading of the healthcare risk waste was efficiently executed.

“I also involved myself in the invoicing of the orders on Pastel, which was a great learning curve, and something to add to my portfolio of experience.’’

Compass continued to grow and in 2004 it was awarded a three-year tender by the Free State Department of Health.

“In 2005, Ian [Du Randt] asked me to move to the Free State to service the department and ensure that we provided excellent service in line with our tender requirements.’

“It was a very exciting time for me as I needed to get my driver’s licence quickly. I passed the first time and was ready to build relationships with the infection control managers and nurses at various Free State hospitals and clinics.’’

Although Sicwebu visited his children twice a month during his three-year stay in the Free State, he missed them terribly.

When a sales executive position become available in KwaZulu-Natal, he applied for it and has been a sales executive for Compass since 2008.

“I thrive on being in sales at Compass. I am self- motivated so every day I get out there and see as many customers and potential customers as possible. I get to travel, which I thoroughly enjoy. I have learnt how to deal with difficult people and with our motto ‘the customer is king’, I have become competent at finding effective solutions to problems which arise from time to time.’’

Sicwebu says being employed in such a profession has taught him the benefits of discipline, self-respect, always looking presentable and being one step ahead of the competition.

His message to the youth is to never give up on their dreams.

“With hard work and dedication anything is possible.” - Supplied.

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