Odrie Matshidiso Mashego was recognised by her employers – Rainer and Willi Mauthe of Zur Alten Mine Guest Farm – Graskop – for her long service as a cleaner.
Mashego has been working for the business since 1997 and this year marks twenty years of sheer diligence and unquestionable loyalty to her job.
She said that the recognition by Rainer and Willi came as a huge surprise but it’s surely welcome.
“I was warmly received when I came looking for a job back then. There were only three cottages (houses) at the time. The business has grown and I’m very grateful for my job because it has helped me to care for my children throughout the years,” said Mashego.
Rainer and Willi took over the business ten years ago; it was under the ownership of Rainer’s uncle (Alois Mauthe) who sadly passed away in 2012.
Rainer said that he previously stayed in Germany and he started to visit the Guest Farm since 1994 during holidays.
“I’ve known Odrie from the time I used to visit my uncle (Alois). She has always been a good worker and very reliable. She’s actually part of the family; she was there during my uncle’s funeral. My wife and I decided that she will continue working with us when we took over the business. She’s always on time because she loves her job. That’s why we decided to honour her. We appreciate what she’s doing and we really can’t ask for anything else. We hope she’ll still be with us for many years to come,” said Mauthe.
Mashego said that the new owners are very kind and she has not experienced any problems since they took over.
“Rainer and Willi have been so kind to me and my family. They have helped my daughter to get employed in town and I’m very grateful. I can talk to them when I have personal problems because they care,” said Mashego.