Ekurhuleni city manager awards women in uniform and encourages them to study further
The City of Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS) female fire fighters participated jointly with other women in uniform during the launch of women`s month activities under the leadership of city manager, Dr Imogen Mashazi. 120 emergency services fire fighters were part of the contingency that started the day in Tembisa by visiting the economically disadvantaged children at Siyazigabisa home at Sivana section. The team had breakfast with children and staff members before donating matrasses, blankets, solar lights and soccer balls to the home.
Part two was a Gala dinner at the civic centre in Alberton. A key-note address was given by the city manager, thanking all the women for bravery, dedication and passion shown in their respective careers. She honoured and recognised them for their amazing work and encouraged them to keep doing better when given opportunity.
Awards were given in different categories:
• 20 years of service: Station Managers Maria Molaba and Wendy Poolo June Masuku and Crew Commander Agnes Radebe
• City Manager special award: Fire fighter Mohlola (1st position) and Enie Manzini (2nd Position)
• Top academic achiever: Fire fighter C.D Mapadimeng
• Team of the Year: Shift Manager B Mlangeni, Fire fighters NB Bhayi M Makhesha, FP Muthalo and MR Moloto
• Heroine award: Fire fighter Mapaseka Mbonani
Issuing out traffic fines on the road, driving ambulances to respond to life threatening emergencies and administering fire engines in case of hazardous fires, are some of the key task executed by women in uniform daily. To honour and recognise the women in uniform, Ekurhuleni city manager, Dr Imogen Mashazi, kick-started the Women’s Month by awarding them for their amazing work.
On Thursday, 1 August 2019, Dr Mashazi hosted the City’s women in uniform gala dinner and awards ceremony at Alberton Civic Centre. The awards were a token of appreciation and encouragement to the women to keep doing what they do and do better in any area of work where they are afforded an opportunity to serve.
Jemina Bopape (41) from Brakpan works for the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD). Jemina stood out from the rest when the City Manager awarded her with an accolade of the best academic achiever for her MBA degree that she acquired in 2015 with Regenesys Business School. Bopape has been in the City’s employ for 14 years and says her passion for her work stems from the impact she makes though providing protection services for the City’s executive and management. Currently, she is working for the EMPD’s VIP Protection Unit.
“I’m very humbled by this award; I have worked so long in this department I have never thought I would one day be recognised and honoured in such a befitting manner and ceremony. I’m very happy and I will keep on performing my duties to the best of my abilities,” Bopape said.
Dr Mashazi elaborated on her main vision for the city during her tenure as being to see women in all departments rise to leadership positions. She therefore encouraged women to study further and take advantage of the City’s employee bursary fund to equip themselves academically.
Furthermore, Dr Mashazi holds a Doctoral Degree in Nursing Science from the University of South Africa and a Master’s Degree in the same field and she is the first female city manager for a metro municipality in Gauteng.
Source: City of Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services