Employee of the Year 2015 Chats to UKZNDabaOnline
A Fieldworker at the Africa Centre, Ms Khanyisile Mantengu Mthembu, is the Employee of the Year 2015. Here, this very special person tells us just a bit about herself:
Q. Tell us about your job and what it entails
A. I am a fieldworker at the Africa Centre. My key-role as a fieldworker is to collect research data and maintain good relations with the research community. Fieldwork also involves undertaking general health education. We are trained to carry out health checks, including the ‘finger prick’ HIV test as well as blood pressure monitoring. This is a very challenging but exciting job.
Q. Staff voted you Africa Centre’s 2015 Employee of the Year. How does that feel?
A. I am very excited to know that my colleagues recognise my hard work at the Africa Centre.
Q. Baba Barlow, who we associate with these awards, was a man with a very strong personal and professional character. What qualities do you think staff saw in you that are similar to Baba Barlow’s?
A. I believe that they voted for me because of my good work ethic. I also give advice to younger colleagues about life in general.
Q. You have worked at the Centre for many years. Tell us something about the experience.
A. It has been long and often difficult but I have enjoyed the experience thoroughly. Being away from your family and home is never easy or nice and for a long time I did that to be nearer to work.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your work at the Centre?
A. Meeting new people all the time is what I enjoy most, while working with the community teaches me a whole lot of new things and I also love to hear people’s opinions on the work I do.
Q. Tell us something about your family.
A. My family is happy, peaceful, unified and I love them all to bits!!
Q. When you are not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
A. I enjoy spending quality time with my grandchildren.