COMMISSIONER'S TEARFUL SENDOFF
THE Amathole management area bid farewell to their regional commissioner at a surprise farewell function at their offices in King William’s Town on Friday afternoon.
After handing over desks and chairs to disadvantaged schools in King William’s Town and Stutterheim, Correctional Services Department Eastern Cape regional commissioner Nkosinathi Breakfast was given a decent send-off on his last day.
The management area members led him with song and dance from the entrance gate to the parade at the front of their offices, where they handed over a 5000 litre Jojo water tank and other gifts.
They also took turns in thanking him with motivational and inspirational messages of praise and appreciation for serving the department with diligence and passion.
Area commissioner Nolitha Mangxila described Breakfast as an educator and a good leader.
“Breakfast was a fatherly figure for so many of us, a humble person that was always patient and a born teacher, who will make you understand whatever you ask of him,” Mangxila said.
Department spokeswoman Sivuyisiwe Matanga echoed her commissioner’s sentiments and said the real meanings of motivation and inspiration along with other words like commitment and determination can’t be taught by books, they can only be learnt from a teacher like Breakfast.
“If our organisation had a face it would be crying right now,” Matanga said.
Breakfast retired after serving the department for 34 years.
He worked as sergeant in Mdantsane from 1984-91.
He then moved to George and was later promoted to serve at the George management area from 2003-06.
That same year he became deputy regional commissioner for Eastern Cape Province until 2011.
In July 2011, he received a promotion to regional commissioner and served until he officially retired this year on 31 May.
SAYING GOOBYE: Regional commissioner Nkosinathi Breakfast struggles to stop his tears at a surprise farewell function on his last day at office in King William’s Town last week