On the 25th of November 2015 at Esselen Park, Transnet Port Terminals [TPT] came out on top – especially in the area of innovation and leadership at the annual Transnet Awards.
Across the operating divisions of Transnet, multiple TPT staff were recognised and awarded by the Acting Chief Executive, Siyabonga Gama, for their exceptional contributions to Transnet and ultimately the greater good of South Africa. The awards are intended to drive recognition and acknowledge these individuals’ efforts to exemplify practices that support the realisation of Transnet’s growth strategy while creating a significant positive impact on their customers and other staff of the organization to reach set performance goals over the past financial year.
From TPT, the following staff were congratulated by Gama for their efforts in the respective awarded categories:
- Nelisiwe Mbenekazi (Eastern Cape) – individual winner for Inspirational Leadership
- Justice Manqele (Eastern Cape) – individual winner for Innovation
- Girshwin Ruiter & Zolan Stokwe (Western Cape) - team winners for the category of Innovation
- Sinako Ngxono (Western Cape) – individual winner for the Best Administrator
- Arnold Mjekula from East London Warriors Club – joint winner of Best Coach
- East London Warriors – joint winner for 1st place Club of the Year in GSL
The Transnet Awards recognise and acknowledge teams and individuals in respect of Innovation, Performance, Safety, Culture, Volunteerism and Customer Excellence. Innovation was recognized as a strength of TPT at this year’s awards with both the individual and team prizes going to TPT staff from the Eastern Cape region. The Innovation category recognizes and awards innovations that have made a significant innovative contribution towards the business unit and positively impacted productivity, efficiencies, greater volumes and actively championed elements of ATT and the Operational Division’s Market Demand Strategy.
In the case of Justice Manqele from TPT’s Port Elizabeth Terminal, when faced with the problem of aged Tipplers and their rollers seizing up due to manganese dust, he devised an innovative solution in under an hour that enabled the structure to be repaired in-house and improved the design to include additional overlap brackets that hugged the concrete base – thereby reducing the risk of repeat breakdowns.
While the TPT Technical Team from Saldanha consisting of Girshwin Ruiter and Zolani Stokwe, effectively solved a longstanding problem with diesel not always being clean which has in the past cost the Saldanha Terminal thousands of rand due to contaminated diesel. Their innovative fix consisted of the two-man team installing a filtration system at the diesel storage tank to prevent contaminated fuel from being unloaded. This also eliminated excessive temperature spikes, ensured fluid cleanliness with reduced downtime, extended oil life, reduced component failure and maintenance costs while improving overall efficiencies.
“We are so proud of all the great individuals and teams who represented TPT by winning at the recent Transnet Awards ceremony. They live our strategy on a day-to-day basis and we honour these employees who have not only delivered exceptional performance but have done so with pride and uncompromising standards. Their continuous zeal and passion inspires us all and moves Transnet forward. Well done to all the winners,” stated Dumisani Khuzwayo, General Manager of Human Resources for TPT.