Justice bids farewell to the outgoing DG
It was a bittersweet moment for many as they gathered to bid farewell to the Director-General, Ms Nonkululeko Sindane, during a sendoff ceremony held at Salu Building, Pretoria recently.
Ms Sindane was lauded by colleagues and guests who spoke of her dedication and contribution during the past seven years at the helm of the department.
KwaZulu-Natal Regional Head, Ms Mabel Ramela, praised the director-general for her diligence and work, particularly mentoring women empowerment in the department. “She came into this department and changed the thinking, understanding and attitude of officials,” she said, adding; “over and above that, she has also been a true champion of poverty alleviation in our communities, we stand proud today, as a department, because of her contribution”.
Chief Master, Mr Lester Basson also congratulated the outgoing director-general for a successful seven years of service. As the first ever female accounting officer to be appointed, Mr Basson applauded her for the success of many projects under her leadership such as the running of the Paperless Estate Administration System (PEAS) and the deceased estates, to mention a few.
Under Ms Sindane’s leadership, the department was able to achieve an unqualified audit for the first time in seven years starting from the financial year 2012/13, a record that was sustained to date. This she achieved by continuously urging all officials, through her staff engagements, to pull all the stops to ensure it is attained and thereafter sustained.
The farewell function was also filled with stories by colleagues and friends who shared fond memories of the director-general, while others serenaded her with musical items prepared especially for her. The director-general’s husband, Mr Jabu Sindane, was also present and thanked the department officials for not only act as colleagues to his wife, but also welcome her as part of the family.
As one of the colleagues that the director-general worked closely with over the years, Mr Yusuf Essack from the Office of the Auditor-General being wished her well on her future endeavors.
In her closing remarks, Ms Sindane expressed appreciation and thanked both the department and her family for being a great support system over the years. “I could not have asked for a better team to work with and all that has been achieved, thus far, is due to their commitment and work ethic,” she concluded.
Published: 26 April 2016