Calm Colin consistently constant

2018-09-25 06:00

Colin Carolus has been a study of consistency throughout his working life.
A lover of nature, Carolus (57) has been staying in the area for 53 years now while working for the City of Cape Town in various nurseries, gardens and now in the Recreation and Parks Department as a team leader over a career spanning 42 years.

Carolus was honoured at the City’s long-service awards ceremony recently.

He was one of 57 staff members from the City’s Social Services Directorate commended for their many years of service.

The award recipients, who work in the City Health, Library and Information Services, Recreation and Parks and Social Development and Early Childhood Development departments, have a total of 2083 years of service between them.

“My uncle got me the job when I was 15. I started as a labourer. I worked for three years at Marina Nursery and after that I went to Newlands Nursery and worked there for about 30 to 35 years. So I became a leading hand after that, then to a team leader,” he says, adding that he has been a team leader for the last 20 years.

He adds that not much has changed from when he first started working for the City, even since he has had to move to the Recreation and Parks Department after injuring his knees around five years ago.

“There are not actually a lot of changes within my workplace. Since I was at school, I always said that I wanted to work for the council, but I wanted to work in nature. I worked in there, but I got a knee injury about five years back and after that I could no longer do it anymore. Now I am sitting with two knee replacements after being injured on duty. For the years I have worked for the council I have always done the same job. There are no other jobs that I’d rather do,” says Carolus.

Carolus says that many of the people he works with have asked him about his job, even joking that one of the men he works with was just born when he started working for the City in 1976.

“There are two guys who work with me and always say they would like to work for the council. One told me he was born when I started working for the council.”

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