Volunteering is rewarding

Inspired & empowered by Mr. Mongezi Menye


One would never understand the Police Official duties personally, until you have experienced the benefits and difficulties of it. But the rewards for me were rewarding in many levels and mostly, for self-esteem.

The most rewarding factor about being a volunteer was the words “Thank you” from a stranger. It made me sleep at night smiling, as i recall, all the events of the day in my head.

Because i had passion for helping people, i just enjoyed waking up in the morning and felt useful. Sometimes being only a student was never good enough for me and i was just tired of waking up and doing nothing but only going to school. I felt i needed something more. I just wanted to feel useful in the society and i had this need to make someone feel special so that i feel useful and more special at the end of the day no matter what I did.

I did not think of doing it for the money, so i decided to write a letter to the SAPS Sunnyside. SAPS replied, i was interviewed by the Station Commander Director Manganye and i was then telephoned to come and start working from 22 June 2005. It was the happiest day of my life. At the end of the year, i received a Commendation Certificate or Award for the good service.

This is how the chain started. What I have learned in the SAPS Sunnyside helped me score a job in the South African Micro Finance Apex Fund (samaf). I was told that some of the reasons for hiring me, were mostly because of the working experience from the SAPS Sunnyside to Legal & Corporate Secretariat division. My presentation of knowing what samaf was all about and self Confidence for what i have committed myself into from the SAPS during my volunteering life. I disclosed in the interview that i work for nothing or without expecting reward in the SAPS made me feel extra special. Because I felt like a “somebody”. I sold my self with the knowledge from working without pay in the SAPS unaware and I was hired.

My former Head of Legal & Corporate Secretariat division, Mr Mongezi Menye always said to me “Judith, never giveup, dont pull your self down or feel small, “I always tell people not to underestimate a heart of a volunteer” and that, no matter how people oppress you, like a cream in a coffee, the cream will always rise on top of that coffee.  He always encouraged me to go for what i want with stride and without fear. He was right, he inspired me and here I am.

I thank you Sir, Menye. Aaaa. Ndo livhuwa nga maanda.

By: Azwihangwisi Judith Mphidi