Jeffrey Isaacs spent the largest part of his working life at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. The 65-year-old from Mitchell’s Plain started working at the hospital as a labourer in 1971. He retired in February 2011 after 40 years of dedicated, unbroken service.
On July 14, Jeffrey and 56 other long-serving employees will be rewarded for their loyalty at an event held especially in their honour.
Jeffrey is one of three employees who will be honoured for working for the Western Cape Department of Health for 40 years. Another awardee, Professional Nurse Martha Brink, of Rondebosch, is a specialist paediatric nurse and works in the cardiac ward at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
Of the 57 people being awarded at the event 17 people have been working for the Western Cape Department of Health for 30 years, 14 for 20 years and 23 people have been awarded for working at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital specifically for 20 years.
Red Cross Hospital CEO, Dr Lungi Linda, commended the employees for their loyalty: “As management we feel proud that you have been true public servants and true ambassadors who have served our people selflessly with dignity and humility. We thank you very much for your loyalty, professionalism, high work ethic, commitment and accountability and respect for human dignity. Well done good and faithful public servants.”
Western Cape Minister of Health, Theuns Botha, said: “The lifetime that you have committed to this hospital, demonstrates your devotion and love of your caring for children and the community at large. The Western Cape Department of Health is indeed fortunate to have earned your dedication. I know that this work requires the ultimate patience, and you have proved to have stood the test of time.”