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Rooy, the safety lobster takes gold

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) held their annual national safety competition at the end of July in Richards Bay.

During an awards ceremony which recognised the excellent performance of individuals and teams for safety performance in 2018-’19 across five categories.

Captain Vernal Jones, Port Manager for Saldanha, scooped the best port and business manager health and safety awards for his outstanding commitment to health and safety and the positive impact of his leadership style on his team.

The Port of Saldanha also clinched the silver membership award for a port or business unit that has achieved a disabling injury frequency rate (DIFR) of zero for one year. This award they share with the ports of Ngqura and Mossel Bay.

“TNPA adopted a ‘Zero Harm’ slogan and is on a serious quest to eliminate safety incidents and to maintain employees’ safety as its highest operational priority,” says TNPA’s Acting Chief Executive, Nozipho Mdawe.

While the Port of Port Elizabeth was recognised as the first TNPA port to receive ISO 45001 certification, Port of Saldanha was acknowledged for achieving OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 certification.

“The safety competitions aim to enhance a safety culture in the working environment. This is aligned to one of the pillars of the our company culture charter which states, ‘we have a safety mindset’,” said Mdawe.

An award was also given to the most enthusiastic safety mascots for their participation in this year’s safety competition.

First place went to Rooy, the lobster from the Port of Saldanha, introduced earlier this year and named after the infamous red iron ore sand of Saldanha Bay. Second place went to Mkhuseli, the cat from Port Elizabeth, and third place to Phephani, the eagle from the Port of Mossel Bay.

During the second segment of the awards ceremony, the best performers were recognised from the safety competition held earlier in the day.

The proceedings were closed with a vote of thanks from Mdawe, who congratulated all the winners.

“You are the standard-bearers and we call upon you to keep rising to the challenges of an ever-evolving port landscape. I hope that we can take this performance to the next level as we continue our journey to world-class excellence,” said Mdawe.

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