A GENTLEMAN OF NOTE!
"I like this job very much and my long experience and knowledge keeps me interested in the products and people I work with," says Alpheus Kgampe.
Alpheus Kgampe joined NDE in 1973 and is the longest-serving employee at 40 years,in a company where long-service is extraordinarily strong - almost 70% of people have been with the company for five years or more.
"This is a remarkable achievement for Alpheus and translates into a great strength for NDE when we have so much depth of experience and of relationships between customers and the NDE team", says Hardy Esterhuizen, manager of NDE's Johannesburg branch where Alpheus has spent his 40 years (in several different locations, mainly in Newlands and then Roodepoort).
Both Hardy and Manie Olivier, Alpheus's direct line manager in the warehouse, hold Alpheus in very high regard.
"Alpheus is as good as you get - and better," says Hardy. "He is gold to NDE, a real asset."
Over the 40 years Alpheus has chosen to work in stores and has, at various times, been responsible for different ranges of products including fittings and flanges. His present responsibility is for bar, pipe and tubing and he takes these responsibilities very seriously, using his vast knowledge of almost all of NDE's stainless steel products to oversee storage systems and the correct deliveries to customers.
His product knowledge is sought out by new arrivals at the company and he fulfils a role both as mentor and product trainer for new warehousing staff.
20 years earlier in the late 1940's/early 1950's, when NDE started in order to supply equipment to the thriving fresh milk business in Johannesburg where pints of milk in glass bottles were delivered to door-to-door every weekday morning, the company was known as National Dairy Equipment. 40 years later the company has grown to serve a wide variety of industries from automotive to mining across the country and the continent, with an even wider variety of products sourced worldwide.
Alpheus is still top of his game with his warehouse perfectly in order.
"He is one of the most positive people I have ever met," says Hardy.
"He's never off sick, he's always on time and I have never seen him without a smile on his face."
Manie Olivier sees Alpheus as an embodiment of NDE's core values.
"He's sincere; he is respected by everyone for his knowledge, integrity and attention to detail; he's proactive; always willing and available, and he is a reference point for all the team," says Manie.
Alpheus was a young married man with two children in 1973. He now has five children and six grandchildren and is a much-respected senior team-member at NDE – hopefully for many more years to come.
Viva Alpheus Viva! – and thank you!
NDE'S CORE VALUESTo achieve our purpose of supplying selected products to combat corrosion, we adhere to these core values:
• We believe in sincerity