COM­MIS­SIONER'S TEAR­FUL SEND­OFF

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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.

Pic­ture: DES­MOND COETZEE

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

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