The Coveted PA Of The Year Award Goes To Zimkitha Mbane Of Unisa, South Africa

Top Quote South Africa's PA of the Year 2013 was announced on Wednesday at a Gala Lunch held at Emperors Palace. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 07, 2013 - Zimkitha Mbane, PA to Dr Majid Mahomed an executive director at UNISA, received the prestigious title of South Africa's PA of the Year 2013. After undergoing a 3rd round of judging, Zimkitha's victory was announced on Wednesday 4th September at the Secretaries day Gala Lunch held at Emperors Convention Centre!

    Zimkitha said that she is humbled and honoured by the accolade. She gives the credit to her colleagues, family and friends, whose support made all this possible. She also acknowledges the five other finalists and is looking forward to working with them on the journey to provide support to the profession through the association PAFSA.

    Asked about her job as a PA, she explained: "As the face of the Department: Study Material, Production and Delivery, I have the opportunity to show how we care in support of my boss's e-mail signature slogan: 'We care'. As the Personal Assistant to Dr. Majid Mahomed, the Executive Director: SMPD, I not only report to him, but also serve the Directors, Managers and staff of the respective Directorates. This responsibility allows me to deal with all kinds of personalities, which is often a challenge. But, in interacting with my colleagues I am guided by the university's service model, the 11Cs+1 namely, communication, conversation, conservation, community, connection, care, collegiality, commitment, co-operation, creativity and consultation and courage. This guides my daily interaction with my colleagues. My job further requires me to be true to myself and to outwardly express servant leadership and gratitude towards every individual."

    On hearing the news her boss said: "I am elated at the recognition given to Zimkitha. Her focused work ethic and desire to succeed at everything she does puts her in good stead to climb to greater heights in her career path. Her humility and her diligence makes her stand apart".

    Oganised by the Professional Association for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants (PAFSA) this Award has gained significant footprint in South Africa's working landscape. The head of the Award's committee, Rene Potgieter said:" I take this opportunity to congratulate all PAsl who were nominated by their peers to this Award - this is in fact greatest achievement of all, that of s being recognised by your peers! The PA of the Year Award is honoured to attract so many entries from South Africa's workplaces! Each year it gets more difficult to elect the six finalists. I congratulate this year's top six and it is my wish to see them become rolemodels of excellence in attitude and aptitude."

    The PA of the Year, and the finalists, received prizes from various prizegivers and sponsors, with Emperors Convention Centre being the Platinum sponsor.

    Caption Zimkitha Mbane being congratulated by Mr Wayne Hill, GM Hotels and Resort Operations, Emperors Palace.

    More information from:
    Ana-Maria Valente
    Telephone: 011 616 7401
    anamaria ( @ ) dictum dot

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