The Integrity Icon South Africa Awards ceremony was held on 10 October 2019 at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. The ceremony was live streamed on the organisation’s Facebook page at 17:30 for those who couldn’t attend.
After the public was encouraged to vote for their winners, five people came out at the top. The Integrity Icon South Africa 2019 winners are: Clinton Odayar, Gugu Mlotshwa, Moshalagae Malatji, Helimamy Moeng, and Sakhile Nkosi.
On Thursday, the five public servants were honoured and awarded.
Who the 2019 Integrity Icon winners are.
Integrity Icon Clinton Odayar
Odayar is a K9 Search and Rescue Officer at the Umhlali Police Station in KwaZulu-Natal. He has worked for more than 15 years and in his community, he’s known as a public servant who goes beyond the call of duty.
In 2017, he helped find and rescue an 18-month-old baby that was trapped in a manhole for three days. Odayar also visits schools to deliver talks on safety awareness, bullying, and drugs.
Integrity Icon Gugu Mlotshwa
Mlotshwa is a Community Health Facilitator at Eshowe Hospital Primary Health Care in KwaZulu-Natal. She was instrumental in bringing together various stakeholders to establish Operation Sukuma Sakhe in several communities.
Her initiative engages community health facilitators to perform household visits. Facilitators also share the challenges they encounter in the communities with representatives of other departments.
Mlotshwa also intervenes in other community matters such as children without Identity Documents (IDs) and people who need pensions or disability grants.
Integrity Icon Moshalagae Malatji
Malatji is a District Officer and Teacher in the Lebowakgomo District Office of Limpopo and has more than 15 years of experience. The public servant doesn’t hesitate to hold her principals within the district to account.
Malatji actively acted against those who failed to submit term schedules. She fights against the district’s low pass rate by not passing ill-equipped learners.
The public servant “rather chooses to focus her efforts on how best to improve her district’s classrooms.”
Integrity Icon Helimamy Moeng
Moeng is the Manager of Pharmacy Services for the Southern Western District of the Western Cape Department of Health. She’s spent ten years working at the first HIV clinic in Gugulethu, “joining when nobody else wanted to.”
Moeng goes above and beyond her work scope by using her own resources to deliver medicines to several elderly people with chronic conditions in the community. Integrity Icon revealed that the public servant would deliver their medication to them when they couldn’t collect it personally.
She goes beyond her job description to do more for the community. Moeng has a PhD in pharmaceutical studies and works with pharmacists on weekends.
Integrity Icon Sakhile Nkosi
Nkosi works in rural Mpumalanga servicing three hospitals, clinics, and disability centers. There he works as an audiologist at the state hospital facilities.
Nkosi collaborated with universities, and hearing aid companies to help the community by donating hearing devices to patients. The public servant runs two well-attended workshops in Witbank and Middelburg to raise awareness about hearing loss.
He’s also created a community service programme for audiologists and “represented Audiology in South Africa at a group put together by the President to explore rehabilitation services for healthcare.”
What is Integrity Icon
Integrity Icon is a global campaign run by Accountability Lab. Its purpose is to search for and find honest government officials.
According to the website:
“It aims to generate debate around the idea of integrity and demonstrate the importance of honesty and personal responsibility. We hope to inspire a new generation to be more effective public servants.”Integrity Icon
Integrity Icon began in Nepal in 2014 and the following year it spread to Liberia. The organisation is now a global campaign which is active in Nepal, Liberia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Mali, South Africa, and Mexico.