Celebrating Dedication: Cape Town Honours Long-Serving Recreation and Parks Staff

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The City of Cape Town recently honoured 152 staff members from its Recreation and Parks Department for their years of dedication and commitment. These individuals, who have served between 20 and 45 years, have contributed a total of 6,934 years to the department. The event showcased the crucial role played by these employees in the department’s success and their positive impact on the community.

The Backbone of the Organization

The long-serving employees of the Recreation and Parks Department have dedicated their entire careers to serving the community. Their loyalty and commitment have made them the backbone of the organization and serve as an inspiration to their colleagues. Their contribution to the department’s success is invaluable, and they continue to be role models for future generations.

Recognizing Achievements

Councillor Patricia Van Der Ross, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, expressed her pride and gratitude for the achievements of these long-serving employees. Their hard work and dedication serve as a reminder of the importance of determination and discipline. It motivates others to create a lasting, positive impact on the community.

Celebrating the Longest-Serving Employee

Among the staff members honoured was George Petersen, the longest-serving employee with an impressive 45 years of service. Petersen began his career in 1978 with the Parks and Forests Department, the predecessor of the current Recreation and Parks Department. Over the years, he has become an invaluable and integral part of the organization.

Petersen’s Contributions

Petersen has spent over two decades at the Hill Star and Athlone Depots and currently holds the position of Team Leader. His vast experience covers a wide range of horticultural activities, such as mowing, tree landscaping and maintenance, specialized truck driving, and park maintenance. He is a hardworking, trustworthy, and reliable employee known for his gentle demeanor, who consistently goes the extra mile to ensure the success of his team and the department.

Inspiring Future Generations

This celebration of long-serving staff members highlights the importance of continuity and commitment within the Recreation and Parks Department. The contributions of these employees have undoubtedly shaped the department’s success and the lives of Cape Town’s residents. Their dedication and hard work exemplify the values of perseverance and diligence, inspiring future generations to carry on their legacy of exceptional service to the community.

A Testament to Dedication and Commitment

As the City of Cape Town continues to grow and evolve, the Recreation and Parks Department’s long-serving staff members serve as a testament to the power of dedication and commitment. Recognizing their achievements not only honours their hard work but also motivates others to follow in their footsteps. It ensures the department remains an essential and effective part of the community for years to come. The inspiration of these role models positions Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department for success as it continues its mission to improve the lives of residents through its invaluable services.

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