Maropeng, the official visitor’s centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, has appointed Lamlela Dube as its new security manager.
“Unlike at most other sites, the security personnel at Maropeng fulfil a dual function in that the guards are also intricately involved with guest relations. Every security guard is also a story teller and has an important part to play in interacting with and passing on information to guests,” says Tony Rubin, MD at Maropeng.
Due to the invaluable fossil displays exhibited at Maropeng, their protection is also of utmost importance. Here security personnel have a key role to play in their daily safeguarding and safe transfer to and from the site.
Dube initially joined Maropeng as a security duty manager in October 2005 and his leadership ability was soon noticed. He was sent on a leadership skills development programme from 2006 to 2008. His hard work and dedication has paid off and today he manages 30 security officers, three duty managers and three controllers.
With 15 years in the security industry under his belt, Dube is looking forward to the challenges ahead. “The job requires good interpersonal skills together with superior diplomacy and negotiating skills, all of which I have honed over the years. Being able to go to work every day and be surrounded by the start and evolution of our human ancestors is fascinating and a privilege,” concludes Dube.
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