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Goodbye, Prinola

It’s difficult to say goodbye to a much-loved colleague and highly valued team member. Here's our tribute to associational representative Prinola Govender, who leaves us this month.

Any good association relies on the strength and the quality of its people, and MIWA is no different. Our association owes its success to the strong, committed, and highly motivated people who drive it which is why we are especially sad to say goodbye to one of our key members of staff this month.

“Prinola Govender, you have been an incredible support and strength to our team over the last few years – not to mention the style and glamour you bring to the association! This month, we dedicate our lead story to you.”

– Pieter Niemand, national director

Prinola began her journey with us in January 2018. As an associational representative, she is responsible for overseeing all RMI MIWA automotive workshops in KZN, with duties including building and maintaining the database. She also organised and coordinated member and exco meetings and conducts mechanical workshop inspections and audits.

Always putting members first
Prinola’s communication skills helped her excel in this role. Combined with her innate compassion and humility, she has an openness to learning (especially from her own mistakes) and has perfected the art of listening – the key, she maintains is providing solutions to members’ problems. Prinola has always put the members first; a quality which is obvious in the effort she invested in her role. She took great pleasure in doing this because interacting with members has been one of her favourite parts of the job and something she will miss enormously. Of course, the colleagues who have become friends will also be sorely missed, along with their laughs and special office occasions.

Outside of work
When she’s not at work, Prinola loves time with friends and family (and dogs), especially if that time involves a drive to the beach or trying out a new restaurant. A real food enthusiast, she also loves experimenting with recipes in her own kitchen – followed by a good gym workout (although she admits that exercise has been put on hold in recent months). When she needs to relax, colouring in does the trick. 

Up next…
Now that she’s bidding MIWA farewell, Prinola is looking forward to a well-deserved break. The Covid years have been difficult, she admits, and she’s looking forward to spending more time with her parents and church community and getting her workout regime back on track. After that, she’s looking forward to spending less time behind the wheel as she prepares to take up a desk job.

Prinola, thank you for everything you have given MIWA. You will be missed. 

Here’s what your team members have to say:

Your farewell is a moment of sadness for me but I wish you all the best so that you achieve success. Goodbye and stay in touch. May God shower His blessings and love on you forever. – Wilma Oosthuizen

Thank you for the strong, caring, God-fearing woman that you are – keep on being yourself This is not goodbye, just a farewell for now! – Raymond George

Thank you for the love and support you gave me and for the great times we shared. Best wishes for the future, my friend, and take care of yourself! – Marcia Modiba

I am going to miss working with you so much. Thank you for being such a wonderful example of a fighter, courageous and brave. Know that you are beautiful inside and out. I look forward to seeing you on Facebook. Thank you for all the hard work that contributed to MIWA’s success, the MIWA Team is simply not going to be the same without you. Here’s wishing you all of the very best with what’s next. Lots of love from the Western Cape, where we hope to see you soon. – Brione Schoeman

Prinola, I met you when you were my colleague but you now leave as a great friend. Good luck with the next season in your life. May you have a successful and enjoyable journey. – Peter van Mosseveld

In addition to being a colleague, you have become a good friend that I can consider family. #yougotthis – Reemo Swartz