Workers’ Day in South Africa, or Labour Day as it is known in other parts of the world, is a widely celebrated day that recognises the role that the trade unions played during the struggle against Apartheid and their role in protecting workers’ rights. Whilst the day has been celebrated worldwide for a long time, South Africa only started observing it from 1994.
Kaizer Chiefs, as an organ of Love & Peace, choose to adopt a different approach with this year’s observance of Workers’ Day. Whilst many associate the club with its players who don the jersey on the field as well as its well-known club officials, Chiefs wish to recognise those behind the scenes.
Nonceba Bewana has been with the club since August 2014. She describes her role as that of “looking after the Chairman”. Ms Bawena proceeds by sharing her joys of working at Kaizer Chiefs, “It’s hard to explain. As you can see, I’m always happy, I like to be here — you can even ask anyone.”
Ms Bawena’s dedication and hard-working nature were recognized when she was the recipient of an appreciation award in 2016.
Abdulla Mayet joined the club in 1997 without having any background in football. He was privileged enough to have had the Chairman, the late Dan Leboa and Pinky Lehoko, as his tutors. “I got to know soccer through them and I was afforded the opportunity to take up courses with Safa, CAF and Fifa where I learnt what I’m doing today.”
Mr Mayet is the Administration Manager at Chiefs. “Through my role, I am linked with every department in the club from Football all the way through to Marketing,” he explains.
Mr Mayet has at times led the Chiefs delegation when honouring fixtures on the continent while handling logistics to ensure that the standard of the club is met when playing abroad.
“Every day is a big moment for me because I’m continuously doing something different. There’s no repetitiveness, I’m doing something new every day and the experience that I’ve gained makes my life easier,” concludes Mr Mayet.
Ms Bewana and Mr Mayet are just two of many examples of individuals who represent the club. They are important cogs in the Kaizer Chiefs wheel. We therefore recognise all our employees who play such a pivotal role in the day-to-day running of Kaizer Chiefs.
Hail to the ones behind the Chief.
Happy Workers’ Day!