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Riaan van Zyl
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8 May 2018
3:16 pm

Local firefighters nominated for international awards

Riaan van Zyl

Both firefighters made it to the top five.

Jocelin Flank and Deon Esau have reached the final round of the Integrity Idol campaign. (Photo/ Riaan van Zyl)

Two local firefighters, Deon Esau and Jocelin Flank, have reached the final round of the Integrity Idol campaign, Roodepoort Record reports.

According to its website, “Integrity Idol is a global campaign run by citizens in search of honest government officials. It aims to generate debate around the idea of integrity and demonstrate the importance of honesty and personal responsibility. We hope to inspire a new generation to be more effective public servants. Integrity Idol began in Nepal in 2014, spread to Liberia in 2015 and has now evolved into a global campaign.”

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Esau and Flank have reached the final five after 100 civil servants worldwide had been nominated. The two were nominated for their cadet programme by which they train youngsters between the ages of 12 and 18 as firefighters, trying to also instill in them life skills and values such as discipline.

The awards event will be held in Cape Town on 19 May and residents can vote for the two firefighters until 18 May, either on the Integrity Idols website at, WhatsApp ‘3’ to 078 195 8385, or SMS ‘3’ to 45736.

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