‘Use this job to build a future’

2019-03-20 06:01
PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaDepartment of Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo encouraged newly employed cleaners and porters to use the job as a stepping stone to a better life.

PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaDepartment of Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo encouraged newly employed cleaners and porters to use the job as a stepping stone to a better life.

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KWAZULU-Natal Department of Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo encouraged newly employed cleaners and porters under his department to use the opportunity as a stepping stone to build a better future for themselves.

Dhlomo was speaking at the induction of 320 employees (178 cleaners and 142 porters) at Grey’s Hospital last Thursday.

He called on them to use the job opportunity wisely as it will help them build a better future for themselves and their families.

The workers were employed through the Presidential Stimulus Package programme that was initiated by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“The department received 15 600 applications but only you were selected so when you go out there to serve our communities you must be representative and dress appropriately for the job all the time.

“You are going out into a public space — you must respect yourself and your jobs.

“Obey the rules at your new jobs, don’t make the people who chose you regret it.”

“Use the little money that you will be earning to continue with your studies and empower yourselves. Take this as the entrance post,” Dhlomo said.

The employees were expected to report to their district offices last Friday for assignment to different hospitals and clinics.

Precious Adams from Mpophomeni Location, who spoke on behalf of the newly employed people, encouraged her co-workers to take the opportunity and grab it with both hands.

“We have been given this opportunity to change our lives — it is up to us to use it wisely.

Be wise and respect yourself and the community that you will be serving,” she said.

Adams said when she received a call telling her that she got the job, she just cried because she was so excited that her life was about to change.

“I have been unemployed for seven years and I had to take care of my five siblings because our parents passed away.

“As a big sister, I had to come up with a plan everyday so that we could have something to eat everyday.

“We grew up struggling at home, now this is my change to change that situation,” she said.

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