Muvhango is no ordinary worker

Everyone talks about Ailwei Solomon Muvhango’s beautiful garden at Musina Municipality main office buildingEveryone talks about Ailwei Solomon Muvhango’s beautiful garden at Musina Municipality main office building

“People who look after our gardens are very important because the beauty of the garden gives a good impression for the visitors and clients who visit the municipal offices for service delivery purposes.” Says Ailwei Solomon Muvhango, a service worker who looks after the garden at Musina Municipality main building. Muvhango is no ordinary worker because he catches the attention of everyone who visit the municipal offices due to the fact that his garden is one of the most beautiful around.

Muvhango dreams, eats, sleeps and talks of flowers all the days of his life. “The normal time to report for work is 07h00 but I get in at 06h20 every day because I love my job more than anything else.   I sometimes forget to knock off and go home after sun set because gardening is part of my life.”

He encouraged other people to love their jobs. “People call me a gardener but I regard myself as a landscaping specialist.” He said jokingly.

He added: “When we were still young at school, our teachers told us that plants reduce pollution by slowing down the amount of carbon dioxide in the air and giving off oxygen that we breathe. This has encouraged me to love and take care of flowers because they also bring a sense of peace and beauty to the environment.”

Muvhango, who joined the municipality in 1994 said he learnt the art of gardening from his father, Frans. “I used to accompany my father when he did gardening piece jobs in town. He taught me all the skills and today the art of gardening is bread and butter to me.”

Muvhango’s immediate supervisor, Superintendent Hendrik Maseko said he is very proud of his subordinate. “I don’t subscribe for him what to do on daily basis. He develops his own working plan and implements it successfully. Everyone who visits the municipality main office talks about his beautiful garden. He is really a valuable asset to the municipality.”

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