By Sus Gerber
In June 1993 I received a temporary job appointment at Eskom in Vereeniging. I knew that I wanted to work there and without much ado I started. On 23 September 1993 I was permanently appointed and there my occupational journey started.
A week later I was transferred to Meyerton as a cashier – hard work but a delightful challenge.
In 1999 the job as cashier fell away and I was transferred to Vanderbijlpark as a service representative. It was an interesting job because I helped clients, visited schools and presented safety talks. I was also out in the field with CNC to learn about prepaid meters, how to install them and how to capture the right reading. I went to read electricity meters and then captured the right data on the system, as well as checked that the correct account was sent out.
In January 2002 our new year’s resolution was to get out of Vanderbijlpark and to get other jobs. I was the only person that got another job. In May 2002 I moved to Shelly Beach and started working in the offices. It was a new adventure. It was such a nice experience, because I often got the chance to meet new people and taste different foods, and I love food!
I am also part of the first aid team and until a few years ago we participated in national competitions. Every month we still practice so that we are always aware of changes.
Every week I do inspection to see that everything in the building is still working. Sometimes, me and the cleaner try to solve the problems ourselves since the contractors must come from New Germany or Mkondeni and we want to save company expenses, but we do report the serious matters. If someone’s computer does not work, I always go and see whether I can help first before phoning our IT guys. I try and help where I can.
Unfortunately, our HR person passed away suddenly and I immediately jumped in to help the pensioners, because otherwise we must show them the door. Some days we share in their happiness and other times in their grief when they lose a family member, and sometimes we must help them send through applications. In this way I also learn what a pensioner needs to know, for someday when I go on pension.
To help people gives me such joy! I will always help where I can, because as they say: Two heads are better than one and by helping others you always learn something new. I like to be happy and cheerful because there are so many things to be grateful for in life. Life is short and it does not always offer you a second chance, therefore, cherish every opportunity you get.
My hobbies include baking biscuits and cakes, scrapbooking, and making greeting cards. My latest hobby is huge paper flowers. If I do not know something, I look it up and try it until I get it right. Perseverance pays off!