Reap­ing re­wards

Prison of­fi­cer ex­cels in com­mu­nity ser­vice

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AN OF­FI­CER at­tached to the De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices in King Wil­liam’s Town has been re­warded for her pas­sion, com­mit­ment and de­ter­mi­na­tion to com­mu­nity ser­vice in Jo­han­nes­burg re­cently.

The town’s head of com­mu­nity cor­rec­tions, re­ceived a pres­ti­gious ac­co­lade at a cer­e­mony which formed part of In­tel­li­gence Trans­fer Cen­tre’s (ITC) 11th An­nual Lead­er­ship for Women in Law En­force­ment, which recog­nises women for loyal com­mit­ment to var­i­ous causes.

The event re­wards women in lead­er­ship in their work places, that in­cludes min­ing, law en­force­ment, pol­i­tics, gov­ern­ment, SOEs and en­gi­neer­ing.

Ng­wa­bane said she was nom­i­nated by one of her col­leagues for the pres­ti­gious award and was over the moon about how things had worked in her favour. “Our com­mu­ni­ca­tion man­ager Sivuy­isile Matanga nom­i­nated me and I was so ex­cited to be the win­ner rep­re­sent­ing the De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices at such a glit­ter­ing event,” an elated Ng­wa­bane said.

The aim of the awards cer­e­mony, ac­cord­ing to Ng­wa­bane, is to recog­nise women in lead­er­ship po­si­tions for loy­alty and ex­cep­tional per­for­mance in their daily du­ties, for ap­ply­ing good judg­ment and a good work ethic.

“The award I won was for com­mu­nity and ru­ral sup­port and awarded to a fe­male law en­forcer who dis­tin­guished her­self through su­pe­rior ac­com­plish­ments in de­vel­op­ing, im­ple­ment­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in pro­grammes in­volv­ing the up­lift­ment of com­mu­ni­ties and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment,” Ng­wa­bane says.

Matanga, said the de­ci­sion to put Ng­wa­bane’s name for­ward for the award, was an easy one, due to her self­less com­mit­ment, ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion to im­prove con­di­tions in the com­mu­ni­ties she served – es­pe­cially those in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas.

“The projects im­ple­mented and where she played an in­stru­men­tal part, in­clud­ing build­ing of a house at Quzini Vil­lage for a needy fam­ily and a crèche she ini­ti­ated in Skobeni Vil­lage,” Matanga said.

“Be­sides that she was also in­volved with a lot of crime aware­ness cam­paigns at var­i­ous schools in and around King Wil­liam’s Town.”

Ng­wa­bane said in con­clu­sion: “The ac­co­lade came to me as a sur­prise but it serves as an in­spi­ra­tion to work harder in bring­ing chance the com­mu­ni­ties es­pe­cially those on the ru­ral ar­eas”.

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SPE­CIAL MO­MENTS: King Wil­liam’s Town head of com­mu­nity cor­rec­tions Lan­dezwa Ng­wa­bane re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate for ex­cel­lence com­mu­nity ser­vice in Jo­han­nes­burg re­cently

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