Dedication and hard work took centre stage on Tuesday, 31 August, when a number of women received awards during the City Manager’s Women in Uniform Legacy Awards.
The awards is the brainchild of current City Manager Dr Imogen Mashazi who launched it in 2017.
Making her remarks during the ceremony, Dr Mashazi said the objectives of the awards were to empower women in uniform academically and through career progression.
Mashazi said, through programme the City was able to recruit more female officers to join the Metro police and disaster management personnel.
“I started the awards with EMPD and DEMS as they were male dominated and I wanted to bridge that gender gap by empowering woman from both departments academically, and through career progression. I am happy that in my tenure as city manager, I have seen more women getting promoted,” she said.
Mashazi heaped praise on those women who recently attained bachelor and master degrees in their applicable fields.
Awards were handed over to honour women in uniform in the City who excelled in their fields. The awards category includes Long Service, Winners Academic Achievements, Special Recognition, team leader, Heroine and City Manager Special awards.
Listed below are the recipients of these awards:
Long Service Awards:
1. Idah Ramadi Metja Ndlalane- DEMS (20 years)
2. Queen Funani - DEMS (20 years)
3. Sindiswa Dlamini - DEMS (20 years)
4. Muelekwa Gabriena Hlongwane - DEMS (26 years)
5. Buyi Ngobese - DEMS (21 years)
6. D C Sambo - DEMS (21 years)
7. S J Mkhwanazi - DEMS (20 years)
8. Modiegi Betty Maubane - DEMS (20 years)
9. Theresa Geldenhuys - DEMS (30 years)
10. Matebogo Patricia Maleke - DEMS (25 years)
11. Letie Jaqueline Mwelase - DEMS (20 years)
12. E Bogopa - DEMS (26 years)
13. Constance Zandile Francis Shange - EMPD (20 years)
Academic Achievements Award:
1. Esther Shadi Morakane Tsebe (DEMS) - Master’s Degree in Disaster Management
2. Tshilidzi Pinkie Netshidzati (DEMS) - Master’s Degree in Disaster Management
3. Ntombizodwa Lunga (DEMS) - Master’s Degree in Disaster Management
4. Superintendent Trinity Mokoana (EMPD) - Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource
5. Constable Jabulile Pauline Mahlangu (EMPD) - Bachelor of Commerce Honours Transport
6. Constable Cynthia Nomapha Ntshiba (EMPD) - Bachelor of Business Admin Honours &
National Diploma in Disaster Management
Special Recognition Awards:
1. Mosoang Bella Moloi
2. Zandile Octavia Sibisi
Team Leaders Award:
1. Cynthia Seipati Molefe (DEMS)
2. Busisiwe Senzeni Mazibuko (DEMS)
3. Constable Phumla Sokoyi-Seck (EMPD)
4. Constable Nadia Cormen Goodall (EMPD)
5. Constable Bongiwe Gladys Nkabinde (EMPD)
6. Superintendent Baphilile Ndebele (EMPD)
7. Superintendent Busisiwe Ntombela (EMPD)
1. Superintendent Pamela Bulelwa Buthelezi (EMPD)
2. Constable Kolobe Brenda Cholo (EMPD)
3. Constable Tebogo Usinga (EMPD)
City Manager Special Award
1. Neo Mphahlele (DEMS)
2. Superintendent Cebisile Ntombizodwa Ximba (EMPD)
WHAT THEY HAD SAY
Tshilidzi Netshizati (Master’s Degree recipient) – Thanked the city manager for giving them the opportunity. She declared that she was not done with her academic journey.
Superintendent Trinity Mokoana (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources) - She saluted the city manager for recognising women in the City.
“Thank you city manager, I stand proud as a beneficiary of Women in Uniform Legacy Project. I am who I am because of all the women who marched to the Union Building in August 1956,” said Mokoena.
She also appealed to the coming crop of youth to emulate them and continue to study for a better future.
Zandile Sibisi encouraged women to study further irrespective of their circumstances.
“All I would like to see is more women taking the opportunity of studying further,” urged Sibisi.
Cynthia Seipati Molefe (Team Leader Award winner) could not hide her excitement, “I am quite excited and very happy for the city manager, HOD, DH for having nominated, and finally awarding, me the team leader award.”
Matebogo Patricia Maleke (Long Service Awards winner) felt honoured to receive the award for having worked 25 years with unbroken service. “I have enjoyed every moment since I joined the City in 1996,” added Maleke.