Caxton bids stalwart farewell

Johannes Tshabangu retires on May 31.

Johannes Tshabangu (71), who began working for Caxton in 1979, is signing out after 45 years of service on May 31.

Tshabangu has worked for several Caxton branches. He started at the Springs and Brakpan Advertiser, then also known as New Era press, at the printing works as a machine operator and filled in as a driver when he had to make deliveries or when managers had to visit other branches.

In Mpumalanga, Tshabangu worked on the delivery team at our Bethal, Secunda and Evander branches. He moved to Gauteng and delivered for the Springs and Brakpan Advertiser and African Reporter.

Tshabangu joined the Benoni City Times in 2003 and, in 2005, joined the Boksburg Advertiser, then located on Commissioner Street, as a courier.

He is retiring as a security officer, and his pleasant, smiling face will be missed at our main gate at 20 Sydney Road, Ravenswood.

Johannes Tshabangu operating a printer.

Although finding himself in early retirement in 2013, he returned to Caxton two years later.
Now, he is ready to retire and spend more time with his grandchildren.

“Even during retirement, I know God has prepared something for me. Every season has its own time,” he said.
Tshabangu has an unwavering spirit to accomplish his dreams, one of which is owning a farm that will give him purpose.

He has been an avid marathon runner since the 1980s, is a reverend of the Selekane Se Secha Apostolic Church and owns a brass band that plays for events.His memories of the newspaper world are many, and his advice to staff following in his footsteps is to respect your leaders.

“Co-operate with them. You may start small in a company, but there are opportunities. Keep an eye on the notice board at your office. It could be your chance at a new opportunity in Caxton. Just persevere.”

Karen Watts, the Caxton Local Media East branch champion, said it is impossible to sum up in one comment how incredible, helpful and positive Tshabangu has been.

“He always went the extra mile and looked for ways to make everyone’s life easier. Johannes, you will be dearly missed.”

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