Cleaner who declined tip because ‘she was doing her job’ nominated for award

Cleaner who declined tip because ‘she was doing her job’ nominated for award

- Edith Mkhize won praise after a local resident profiled her excellent work

- She has now been nominated for a Zulu Kingdom Order

- She said she learned the importance of cleanliness from her mom

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The KwaZulu-Natal Arts and Culture Trust has nominated a dedicated toilet cleaner for a Zulu Kingdom Order.

Edith Mkhize, who works at Blue Lagoon beach in Ethekwini, burst onto the spotlight a few weeks ago after she declined a tip from an impressed local resident.

Writing on Facebook, Priscilla Doig said she offered Mkhize a tip for keeping the public toilets at the beach spotlessly clean.

Mkhize will receive a Zulu Kingdom Award for her dedication. Source: Sunday Tribune

Mkhize will receive a Zulu Kingdom Award for her dedication. Source: Sunday Tribune

Just doing my job.

However, Mkhize told her:

How can you tip me for doing my job! This is what I should be doing!

Speaking to Sunday Tribune, KZN Arts and Culture Trust's CEO, Gugu Ngcobo, said:

We couldn’t ignore her actions, and we believe they set her apart to become a potential recipient of one of the Zulu Kingdom Orders.

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Importance of cleanliness.

Mkhize joined the parks department in 2012, Briefly.co.za learned. She said the attention and praise she has received so far have surprised her.

The humble cleaner added that she learned the importance of cleanliness from her mother:

When I grew up my mom was very neat. She would punish you if you failed to clean properly. I always tell my children to excel in whatever they are doing without expecting praise.

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