South Africa 2018
Deon Easu and Jocelin Flank
Deon Easu and Jocelin Flank are Firefighters and EMS responders at the Florida Fire Station in Johannesburg. Together they have initiated the South African Fire Youth Academy to develop the next generation of EMS responders. Currently the Academy engages more than 100 young people on a weekly basis. The Academy has remained a pillar in the community for the past ten years and continues to role model ethical servant leadership within the public service.
Elizabeth Mkhondo is a nurse at Stanza Bopape Community Care Centre in Mamelodi, Tshwane. She serves in the facility’s TB unit and is unrelenting in her care towards all her patients. Elizabeth, in her colleagues’ words, is the facility’s preferred nurse of care as she models the Public Servants Batho Pele principles. Stanza sees some of the highest drug-resistant TB cases in the country and Elizabeth ensures that her patients receive consistent and where necessary home-based treatment.
Dr. Mirja Delport
Mirja Delport is a doctor at the Oudtshoorn District Hospital. Her personal experience of the public healthcare challenges inspires her to ensure that patients are directed to the correct health care access points to facilitate timely treatment. Dr. Delport also works at local community-based clinics in Dysseldorp in the Western Cape. “Integrity, for me, is following up on all my patients and not letting one slip through the cracks, she says. “It is advocating for their care when they are not able to and it is a commitment to doing right.”
Natascha Meisler is an educator at PT Combined School in the Free State. She works as a special needs teacher, working closely with learners with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. She implements the curriculum by using innovative teaching and learning approaches for entrepreneurship and life orientation skills. Natascha’s care extends beyond the classroom as she continues to develop out of class learning experiences such as leading the development of a skate park built from recyclable materials.
Captain Vinny Pillay
Vinny Pillay is a police officer at the Umhlali Police Station in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Described as a pillar of his community, he engages the youth by facilitating workshops in local schools. In his role of Captain, he often goes beyond the scope of his duties by attending to the broader socio-economic needs of the residents in Umhlali. He shares “My work as a police officer is a lifelong calling to continue to safeguard communities in South Africa. Integrity is fairness and working to bring about justice and protection to those we serve.”