Thank you, South Coast ‘angels’

2018-10-04 06:01
Extending her heartfelt thanks to the South Coast community is Tannie Annie. PHOTO: thami ka-nkosi

Extending her heartfelt thanks to the South Coast community is Tannie Annie. PHOTO: thami ka-nkosi

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AFTER moving to the South Coast at age 60, an Uvongo resident affectionately known as Tannie Annie said she believes her late move to the coast was a blessing as she has experienced nothing but love and generosity from the people in her new home town.

Annie said she took a leap of faith when she applied for a transfer to Margate Netcare at age 60. When her transfer was accepted, she relocated from Pretoria without hesitation, saying: “I had visited the South Coast for a holiday while still living in Pretoria and instantly fell in love with the area. I decided in my heart that I want to live here so I started looking for work here,” she said.

Five years later she retired from her position as a credit controller at Margate Netcare however a local doctor, Dr. Rumouthar, had spotted her and hired her . Annie now works at the Port Shepstone branch of Dr. Rumouthar on some days and other days at the doctor’s rooms at the Margate hospital.

While her career seemed to be going well, an old injury took her by surprise, leaving her unsure if she would ever be able to walk again.

“When I started working at the practice, I had to move up and down a lot as opposed to always being seated at the credit control offices and, unbeknown to me, this gradually eroded my hip bone, which was softened 10 years ago due to radiation treatment for womb cancer,” said Annie.

One day, Annie said she found herself unable to walk and was forced to rely on crutches for the next two years.

In April, Annie was able to walk independently of crutches again and she wanted to extend her heartfelt thanks to the South Coast community for their support during her difficult times.

“Everyone; from people at the shops, to my workplace, my community and church; everyone treated me as though they were my own personal guardian angels. My biological family is far from me, but I never felt alone on the South Coast because of the community’s amazing hospitality,” she said.

She thanked the Doza church in Margate; all the staff at Margate Netcare, including security staff; the x-ray department; the orthopedic department at the Port Shepstone Regional hospital; the MPAC and Lancet staff; all the staff and security at Hibiscus Medical Suites; the Dip Spar staff; Dr Singh’s practice; Dr Rumouthar’s practice; Marieke Thompson as well as the Vermark, Van der Merwe, Moster, and Du Toit families from Uvongo.

“To everyone going through a hard time right now, whether your challenge be physical or emotional, I would like to tell them that if they look up to the Lord, he will supply their every need,” said Annie.

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