THE media and people of Nelson Mandela Bay know her as the voice of the police in the city, who has to be ready with answers, more often than not about heinous crimes, within minutes of it happening.
At the end of last year, Capt. Sandra Janse van Rensburg of the Mount Road Police Station, was rewarded for her dedication in representing the police while keeping the public informed, by being named as the police spokesperson of the year in the Eastern Cape.
“It is always a highlight when hard work is recognised,” said Janse van Rensburg modestly.
It is the first time in her seven years as liaison between the police and the media that she has been recognised in this way. But that can most probably be attributed to the fact that she has never entered herself for the award.
In the past the spokespersons had to enter for the award and motivate why they should be chosen. Last year the award was, however, not open for applications, and Janse van Rensburg was selected as winner.
“ A communication person of a company is not only a spokesperson, but also the face of the company for the public and therefore such a person must set an example and have an irreproachable character,” is how the award was described during the announcement.
Although surprised at receiving the award, she attributes her success to her commitment to continually build and strengthen working relationships.
“I realise everyone has a job to do. The media has a role and I have a role to play. Sometimes it does get difficult, but in the end we need each other to function. The secret is to never take things personally and to forgive quickly,” she said.
Janse van Rensburg now has her eyes firmly set on her next goal. “I have had the rank of captain for 18 years now. To be promoted in rank is one of my next goals,” said Janse van Rensburg.