The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate hosted its annual long-service awards ceremony today, 19 July 2016, paying tribute to 214 employees across its six departments who have been with the City for 20 years or longer.
The award recipients who work in Cape Town Traffic Services, Disaster Risk Management, Metro Police, Fire and Rescue Service, 107 Public Emergency Contact Centre, and Law Enforcement have a total of 5 515 years of service between them. Two of the recipients have been in local government for 44 years apiece, as indicated in the breakdown below:· 20 years – 83 recipients
· 25 years – 64 recipients
· 30 years – 37 recipients
· 35 years – 15 recipients
· 40 years – six recipients
· 41 years – four recipients
· 42 years – one recipient
· 43 years – two recipients
· 44 years – two recipients
‘We tip our hats to the dedication of these individuals. Their contributions to our efforts to make Cape Town safer are greatly appreciated. What’s more is that you cannot put a price on the kind of experience that this group and others bring to Safety and Security; the kind of experience that is crucial to the younger staff members in our ranks who are starting out and who will one day be the seniors that others look up to,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
One of the staff members being honoured is Traffic Warden Cedrick Sampson who started his career as a parking meter repairman in 1973, based at the Gallows Hill Traffic Department. In 2000, the parking meter repair section became redundant and Cedrick was transferred to the Traffic Warden section. He worked in the central business district until 2004 and was then transferred to the northern suburbs where he continues to work as a warden. The father of three is looking forward to his retirement when he will focus on fishing and other sports and spending time with his family.
Ismail Baker of the Disaster Risk Management Centre started as a labourer in the then cleansing branch in 1981. A year later he was promoted to the Ambulance Service as a control room operator and also used the opportunity to complete the basic ambulance course. Twenty five years later, when the Provincial Authority took over the Ambulance Service, Baker opted to be absorbed in the Municipal Disaster Risk Management Centre. While working for DRM, Baker obtained his driving licence, completed a disaster learnership programme and he is currently busy with a degree in this field.
‘These staff members are prime examples of making use of the opportunities that exist within the City for personal growth and development. They are a beacon to others. Many have had very humble beginnings and have worked hard to move through the ranks. The City as an administration must harness that experience which is also to the benefit of the residents of Cape Town,’ added Alderman Smith.