Nolene makes a difference

Nolene Bruyns

Kuils River resident Nolene Bruyns has been working for the City of Cape Town for six years.

She recently achieved her national diploma in office management technology, which she passed with distincton. She was among a group of 161 graduates who were awarded certificates of recognition by the City for different levels of qualification.

Ms Bruyns grew up in Mitchell’s Plain and recently moved to Kuils River. She works in the new market development department in the human settlements directorate, which is responsible for the development of new, integrated and formal housing that is linked to national programmes. Included in her busy work schedule, are projects on the transformation of hostels, land reform and land restitution.

As administrative officer, she is the “glue” that binds the department together, especially with her record-keeping and information management systems, and she helps the public with general queries as their first point of call.

“It is an absolute pleasure to work in the housing department, especially to see the joy in residents’ eyes when they become homeowners for the first time. This is the most inspiring time when we are able to provide opportunities for our residents and live up to being a caring city and one of opportuunity,” said Ms Bruyns.

She intends studying further and would like to enrol for a BTech degree in administration, so she can put her her knowledge gained in making a difference in people’s lives at work and in communities.

Her advice to young people is, “Never think that you can’t do it and never give up on your dreams or goals. Don’t ever allow your environment or your situation to determine your future. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, work hard and of course believe in yourself.”

Xanthea Limberg, mayoral committee member for corporate services and compliance said, “Our employees are our greatest assets, and I have to admire such motivation and inspiration in an individual. It is important that we invest in our greatest resource which is our staff, so that we have the right people with the right set of skills and competencies to meet the City’s service delivery demands. Over the last four financial years we have invested R94 million in upskilling our employees.”