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Amanzimtoti law enforcement officer retires

I can’t sit still, so I will stay active during my retirement.

A familiar face on Toti’s beaches, law enforcement officer Elvis Govender has retired after 31 years of service, after celebrating his 63rd birthday on Wednesday, 28 October. His last working day was on Saturday.

“I started work on 16 April, 1982 with the City Police, which later became Metro Police. I was with them for 16 years, before joining the amenities inspectors, which covered parks and beaches. I have been based at Toti Main Beach since last October and the area we cover is from Isipingo to Clansthal.” Those inspectors now fall under Metro Police law enforcement.

Elvis was born in Durban and lives in Chatsworth. As a teenager he sold newspapers and with his tips, paid for his matric and driver’s license. He has been married to Shirley for 35 years and they have a daughter Revisha, 25, son Viroshan, 20, and were blessed with a grandson Dimitre six weeks ago.

He, working alongside ward 97 councillor, Andre Beetge, was instrumental in getting rid of the vagrants living in the bushes on the beach from Toti to Winklespruit. “I work very hard and I can’t sit still, so I will stay active during my retirement. I love my gardening and doing odds and ends around the house. I’m also going to take care of my son, who has health issues, and I’m very involved in the church. I will miss my job that I was dedicated to. I loved my job and working outdoors.”

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