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2018-09-18 06:00
John Regue from Retreat.

John Regue from Retreat.

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John Regue has been married as long as he has worked for the City of Cape Town – 35 years.

Regue (61) 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 who were commended for their many years of service to the City and its residents.

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.

“I started working for the City in 1983. I started working at City Hall, from there I went out. They first see if you can work well and then they send you out to the community halls. After a couple of months they sent me to Witteboome, and then I started there. I am now a supervisor. At that time I was just a worker and I worked myself up,” Regue says.

He admits that during his long spell with the City, there have been the usual ups and downs, but on the whole he has thoroughly enjoyed fulfilling his duties.

“When we started it was very tough, but now it is not so tough. We still have to work with commitment. This job is not for the youngsters, the guys who are not married, because they still want to go and party on the weekends, because this job required someone who would work from Sunday to Sunday. It was tough. Things improved a lot over the years, with the different managers. After every manager, a new manager would come with their improvements such as the halls in our communities which were upgraded nicely for the people,” he says.

Before working for the City, Regue worked for a painting company. After the death of the company’s owner, he was retrenched when the company was sold by the owner’s son. “I did not want to work for painting companies anymore and I got this job at the City and I am still here. I am forever grateful,” Regue says.

He jokes that he has spoken to his wife about retiring. “There were times I used to tell my wife I am going to pack up now, but that same night I am lying in bed and thinking that I am going to miss these guys and I was still attached to it. There are a lot of fun memories from all the guys that I have met. It is just how you are with them, how you treat the workers, and if there is a nice bond then all goes well because they like you and respect you. You always give 100% and always go the extra mile. That is why they appointed me as a supervisor in the area when they were looking for one,” says Regue.

He recalls his time at the Lotus River booking office, which he helped establish, and how they were once considered one of the best booking offices in the city.

“Our manager at the time said that he is very in favour of us and appreciates us because he was in a meeting in town and they said it was the best booking office in the Cape Peninsula, because of all the hard work we put in. We were very grateful for that as well,” he says.

When he is not spending time with his family and four grandchildren, Regue says he is an avid gardener. He hopes to grow and sell roses if and when he does retire.

“I’ve got a nice hobby with planting and growing my own roses and selling them. I like gardening and growing vegetables as well as orchids. I will go into that (when I retire),” he says.

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