Jammie drivers honoured

26 September 2008 | Story by Myolisi Gophe

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Saluted: John Critien (back left) with VC Dr Max Price and Yahgya Smith, Jammie Shuttle's operations manager, thanked the drivers who helped victims of xenophobia earlier this year.

Jammie Shuttle Services have rewarded bus drivers who showed "commitment and empathy" in helping victims of xenophobia during the wide-spread attacks that took place in the Western Cape earlier this year.

Six drivers, Cader May Field, Steven Manlane, Hammington Lekisi, Zwelebanzi Mooi, Mpitumzi Letile, and Jean Petersen were issued with certificates of excellence and monetary rewards on 25 September, "a special way of saying thank you for your efforts", said John Critien, executive director of Property Services at UCT.

For three days they worked "tirelessly" to transport victims of xenophobia to police stations, community halls and churches. One of them worked 40 hours of overtime on one particular weekend.

Their contribution was part of broader efforts by UCT to help the displaced foreign nationals. Critien said although the drivers were paid for overtime, one had to acknowledge their efforts in a special way.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price also thanked the drivers and said the university was "very proud to have people like you".

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