- Rodger started as a tractor driver in 1988 and worked hard to get to where he is today.
- He recently won an award for best worker and overall winner of the fifth edition of the Batho Pele Awards in Boksburg‚ Ekurhuleni.
- He is a truly humble man and states that when one works for the community they must give of their all.
Rodgers Mngomezulu took a job that was undervalued by many and gave it his all.
He started as a simple tractor driver in 1988, but his position now includes the maintenance of tractors‚ bulldozers‚ excavators‚ dump trucks and water tanks. Rodgers practiced his mechanical skills on his brother’s fleet of minibus taxis at home and that’s how he got better at his job.
“Every time‚ my brother’s combi would break down‚ I would try to fix it myself. That is when I learned how to fix things‚”
He is a general worker in the Mpumalanga department of agriculture‚ rural development and administration.
Rodgers was awarded the overall winner in the fifth edition of the Batho Pele Awards in Boksburg‚ Ekurhuleni, as well as the overall best worker, on Friday.
Beating financial managers‚ medical practitioners and other highly skilled government workers, it is a true reflection of Rodgers skills and dedication.
Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration Chana Pilane-Majake presented the awards to Rodgers.
He was promoted in 2004 to a mechanical worker. The department paid for training in 2015 as he showed so much enthusiasm and promise.
Rodgers is a hard worker. His day starts bright and early at 6.45am and he works until his work is complete.
“I can’t tell what time I knock off. It depends on the amount of work that I am doing. Sometimes I finish at 8pm‚ sometimes 9pm.”
Department officials see his hard work and are grateful for his dedication.
“What makes Mr. Mngomezulu different is that‚ while he works for the department‚ he goes out of his way to fix tractors and agricultural machinery for farmers on their own farms‚ at no cost to them. He just wants farmers to go to their fields as quickly as possible”.
“There was a scenario where a bulldozer was broken and the department had appointed a service provider who wanted R500‚000 for the work but Mr. Mngomezulu asked to have a look at the machine. He diagnosed the problem and recommended which parts had to be bought at a price of about R50‚000‚ meaning he saved the department about R450‚000.”
He is a father of 10 with wife Lindiwe. She often questions Rodgers commitment to his underestimated position.
“My wife sometimes used to complain. She asked why I work so hard and arrive so late from work and yet I don’t earn a lot of money for all my efforts. I told her she should not worry because I work for God and the nation‚ not just my employers.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s theme song for public servants, Thuma Mina (Send Me) by the late Hugh Masekela, was played at a work function on Friday.
Rodgers took one main thing from this message.
“When you work for the community‚ you must give your all. If it costs you to go the extra mile‚ you must do it and not compare what you do with the amount of money that you earn.”
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