'Giving is what I do best' – police woman of the year

2016-03-21 09:24
Lephaphane Elsie Netshivhumbe, a police staff member who won woman of the year (Supplied to News24)

Lephaphane Elsie Netshivhumbe, a police staff member who won woman of the year (Supplied to News24)

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Johannesburg – Lephaphane Elsie Netshivhumbe, who won woman of the year at the police's national service excellence awards recently, says giving to the less fortunate and seeing them smile is what fulfils her.

"Giving is what I do best. I give because God is great and what people should know is that life is not about how much money you have, but it is about how much love you give," she said.

Netshivhumbe, 40, is the co-ordinator of employee health and wellness at a police building in Pretoria. 


She told News24 that she started involving herself in social activities in 2003.

“Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed giving back to the less fortunate and that fulfils me,” she said. 

“I grew up without a mother but I was fortunate enough that my father was always there for us. So now when people lose their loved ones, I make sure that they are well taken care of. I also enjoy making people smile.”

At the police awards ceremony, she was recognised for her dedication to those less fortunate than herself.

Netshivhumbe cares for 22 children at an orphanage in Elandspoort in Pretoria West. 

She has three children of her own, who also enjoyed visiting the orphanage.

“I don’t have lots of money, but it breaks my heart when I see someone going through the pain of not having parents. So I always ensure the children that I care for have enough to eat – and also clothes,” she said. 

Make a difference

Her responsibilities include taking care of individuals at the orphanage and visiting the sick in hospital.

She was also the deputy champion of the Women’s Network.

She arranged food parcels and clothes for impoverished members of the community.

Netshivhumbe said she encouraged members of the protection and security services to become part of a social club and contribute money that could be used for emergencies. 

“I also motivate other members to donate to the poor and to make a difference in society,” she said.

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