Transport and Public Works excels at national awards ceremony
Officials of the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) won two first places and two second places at the 2016 National Department of Transport (NDOT) Annual Transport Awards ceremony on 29 October 2016.
National Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters gave Jacqueline Gooch the Best Head of a Transport Department Award, and Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa the Best Male Transport Employee Award.
Yasir Ahmed, Chief Director: Transport Operations, won second place in the Best Male Transport Employee category, and Bernie McMahon, Director: Operator Licensing and Permits, won second place in the Best Female Transport Employee category. The 2016 theme was “Inspiring Excellence and Innovation for a Sustainable Transport Sector”.
Africa, who originally hails from Genadendal, was one of six finalists in the running for the award. “I represent the Western Cape,” he said. “I feel honoured and proud. I would like to thank all the provincial traffic officers and my admin staff for their loyal support.”
Africa was honoured earlier this year at the Western Cape Government Service Excellence Awards when he won 3rd place in the Best Overall Batho Pele (Citizen-centric) Public Servant category.
In addition to showing outstanding work achievement and a strong commitment to the Batho Pele principles, nominees for the Annual Transport Awards must have presented a good image of the organisation through a positive work attitude, been punctual and being well-groomed, showed innovation and creativity, and have demonstrated good interpersonal and communication skills.
These achievements provide independent verification that DTPW is embodying its vision of leading in government infrastructure and related services.