​​Men's Forum Bids Farewell to Ndumiso Gola
by Luvuyo Ndarhane


                       Mbona receiving a laptop as a token of appreciation by the Men`s Forum from Sakhumzi Sparks

Social De​velopment`s Men`s Forum hosted a big sendoff party for one of the seasoned government employees who recently went to retirement. The occasion took place at the Youth Care Centre in Bhisho on Friday, 28 February. 

Mr Ndumiso Gola worked in many positions within Social Development. Having joined the public service formerly in 1997 at the department of Sport and Recreation, he transferred to Social Development in 1999 as an advisor, today referred to as chief of staff, to the former MEC Ncumisa Kondlo. From this capacity he went to Human Resources, Strategic Planning and Institutional Capacity Building portfolios and in all of them he served Social Development with great success. However, from a men`s gender specific point of view the flagship of Mr Gola`s successes within Social Development is the Men`s Forum which he conceptualized. This is the body that strives to bring men`s workplace issues to the fore in the light of gender mainstreaming. He is the inaugural chairperson of this forum.

During the send-off function organized by this forum, one speaker after another praised Mbona (his clan name) for the role that he played to organize male employees of the department from the provincial office to all district offices. Deputy chairperson Siyanda Bosman applauded Mbona “for striving to make the department recognize the important role of men employees in the department”. Sakhumzi Sparks remarked that Mbona “is one of those directors who are easily approachable”. “This makes it easy for juniors to confide on you knowing that you will act as a father figure”, he continued while handing over to him a laptop as a token of appreciation for his contribution in the Men`s Forum.

In his reply speech, Mbona set off by apologizing to those “I might have offended.” He pointed out that “one never knows their worth until something like this happens.” As the Men`s Forum will surely miss Mbona`s guidance “I will miss you as this collective”, he said.