Tshwane fire fighter acknowledged for contribution to the city
Company commander Lindsay Z Mnguni was recognised for services to the City of Tshwane in a ceremony at the Tshwane Council Chambers on 27 June 2019. Mnguni was acknowledged along with another recipient, Dr Johan Kok. The Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Stevens Mokgalapa, handed over certificates to both men. Mnguni has recently written an autobiography entitled ‘Firefighter: First and Foremost’, in which he details his journey as a fire fighter and his love for the job.
Mnguni started his fire fighting career as a fire fighter recruit at the Benoni Fire and Emergency Services in 2000. Thereafter, he worked at Volkswagen in Port Elizabeth as a fire fighter and in July 2001, joined the then Pretoria Fire and Rescue Services. In 2006 he was promoted to company commander and was based at Centurion Fire Station.
Mnguni is still based at the Centurion Fire Station, where he also acted as district commander in Centurion, then later at Central, then Specialist Task Force between 2009 and 2015. He was also acting deputy director of the Rapid Response Unit between 2015 and 2016 and has also taken part in international rescue missions as an urban search and rescue technician.
Mnguni is married with three children and a grandchild. They also raised a fourth child as their own, who has grown into a young adult of 21 years. Their Christian faith forms an important part of their lives.
He has transformed his passion, dedication and commitment to his role as a fire fighter into being a true ambassador for the City of Tshwane and the Emergency Services Department through the publication of his book, ‘Firefighter: First and Foremost’. The book follows his career and takes the reader through the international missions he has participated in in Haiti, the Philippines and Japan. A book launch will take place at Tshwane House on 21 September 2019.
The office of Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Stevens Mokgalapa, said, “Both Mr Mnguni and Dr Kok are a source of pride for the city and we recognise their individual accomplishments above and beyond their respective contributions to Tshwane as employees.”
Mnguni said on his Facebook page, “I was busy signing his copy which he bought from me. What an awesome moment for me! I'm very thankful to my MMC for Community Safety, Alderman Karen Engelbrecht Meyer, for her great support. I'm also thankful to my Chief of Emergency Services, Mr Previn D Govender for supporting my endeavours as his staff.”
Source: Lindsay Z Mnguni, City of Tshwane