We run a number of social media pages that double up as research tools in that they provide valuable and honest feedback from our communities. This week, we received an unsolicited tribute to one of our security guards, Nkululeko Ngcobo. The message read as follows:
“This is Nkululeko Ngcobo. He is a security guard at St Nicholas Diocesan School (outsourced from Red Alert). He only works night shifts. He got this job in January this year. He told me that prior to that he was selling cigarettes at Elandskop (where he comes from) to make ends meet and had been unemployed for 8 years.
His work shift begins at 18h00 but this guy arrives at work anytime between 16h00 and 16h30. If he is “late”, he arrives at 17h00. When I asked him why he arrives so early in the afternoon he said that it’s because he treasures his job. He knows how it feels to be unemployed. He said he wants to make sure he executes his duties to the best of his ability.
When I was chatting to him this afternoon around 17h30, one of the parents who had just picked up her offspring stopped and spoke to him. “Sorry malume. What is your name?” she asked. “I’m Nkululeko Ngcobo,” he responded. “Ngcobo hhayi shame, uyawuthanda umsebenzi wakho and you forever in a jubilant mood. Ngizobhalela uthishomkhulu kwi after-care,” said the parent. “Ngiyabonga kakhulu ma’am, uhambe kahle,” kuphendula uNkululeko. Kungijabulisile ukuthi kanti le nto isibonwa nayibazali bezingane zethu. On a lighter note, njalo uma edlula ngasendlini yami uma epatrola uyangimemeza ‘bafoooooooooo’ Ungivusa nango 12 ebusuku lo bhaka hi hi hi. ‘Bafoooooo…'”.
Nkululeko has received recognition from the company following this feedback. We’d like to thank the gentleman who took the time to write such a comprehensive account and who thought to share the positive story with all of on social media. After all, we need more good news stories.