Maserame Molejane, Emfuleni Local Municipality's fleet controller, was celebrated as the best female employee of the year's first runner up in the recent Department of National Transport's inaugural service excellence awards which were held at Birchwood hotel at Boksburg Ekurhuleni. These excellent service awards held under the theme “Igniting excellence in Transport, were aimed at recognizing the best service offered by employees in the sector across the department in the public service as well as the private sector.
According to Maserame this award will serve as a motivation to her colleagues to do better, and this effort will help in uplifting each and everyone's performance within the department. The delighted and beaming Maserame received a certificate, silver trophy and R3000 voucher to pamper her.
This hardworking fleet controller is responsible for the municipality traffic department and fleet management and her scope of the work includes the following:
- Fleet Administration
- Facilitate the process of maintenance and repairs of vehicles
- Administration of traffic fines
- Training of drivers ( drivers code of conduct and fleet management policy and its application)
- Vehicle monitoring and tracking
Rami was appointed as a fleet controller, on May 2009, obtained a National Diploma in Human Resources Management from the Vaal University of Technology in April 2003
“This service excellence awards are about men and women who make the transport departments and the sector to tick, tonight we are celebrating their achievements along the identified nine categories”, Peters told the audience packed in the white marquee.
These transport excellent service awards are minister's Dipuo Peters' brainchild to mark October month as the national transport month. Emfuleni Local Municipality was the only municipality to make it to the finals made by the panel of adjudicators. It competed against the provincial and national department transports, private sector in transport and other transport department agencies such as SANRAL.
Peters pledged to make this the annual event to celebrate transport month in style by hosting the transport awards ceremony.
“We need to take the debate of the public transport funding model to the people of South Africa for them to discuss it. At the same time we need to take good care of our good road infrastructure which is responsible for facilitation of our economic growth not the other way”, she said. Minister Peters identified the affordability and reliability of the public transport system as an overarching insurmountable task to work on and accomplish.
She went to add safety as every citizen's responsibility. “We need work harder to make conducive conditions for every minister, every private company executive and ordinary motorists to leave his or her car and join the ride with every domestic worker, gardener using same mode of transport to their respective jobs locations”, she emphasized.
She also identified the biggest challenge facing the three spheres of government through the financial investment made is to eliminate the persisting societies class divides between the poor and the rich, the stigma permeates into our public transport system, and the stereotypes associated with it.
She impressed that she intends presenting to the nation the 2005 long awaited draft policy on the national transport master plan policy together with the scholar transport policy. The event was also graced by transport sector role players as Ismail Vadi, Gauteng transport MEC, Celebrity lawyer, Advocate Zola Majavu who is also a chairman of RTMC, Advocate Makhosini Msibi, Chief Executive Officer of Road Accident Fund, Nazir Ali, Sanral CEO and Popo Molefe, the former premier of North West Province and Delmas trialists.
Categories of awards included the Best Performing Institute, Best Employee of the Year, Best Male Employee, the Best Manager in Transport and the Best Official nominated by the Public.
“The significance of the event is to acknowledge the hard work done within the transport sector both national transport department, working in partnership with both the provinces, the municipalities and the state owned agencies as team transport to achieve the same goals for international standards, service excellence, responsiveness to the nations transport needs, and the affordability. The above key aspects serve as a source of inspiration to both the managers, respective elected board members serving in the government agencies in their daily high powered planning, monitoring and implementation thereof”, remarked Zola Majavu in closing.
“I was over the moon when my name was called to such as an extent that I thought that I did not hear correctly”, explained the visibly happy Rami as she is called by her colleagues.
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By Thabiso Radebe