LEPHALALE — Dalene de Villiers, Hospital Manager at Mediclinic Lephalale for the past two years and eight months, resigned at the end of August to join her preacher husband, Izak, in Hoedspruit.
Mediclinic doctors said goodbye to Dalene on Tuesday evening 27 August during an intimate farewell function in the hospital’s boardroom.
Tobias Strydom from Mediclinic Polokwane welcomed everyone and said he and Dalene come a long way because they used to work together in Polokwane.
“We want to take a moment to acknowledge what you meant to the hospital and staff of Mediclinic Lephalale. Your absence will leave a major gap in the hospital and community. Thank you for what you’ve done,” Strydom said.
He concluded by saying that retirement is a privilege not many people have, and he wished her all the best for the new chapter in her life.
Dalene thanked everyone who attended for making time in their busy schedules.
“I’ve been wearing a uniform for more than 41 years, and it will be strange to get up in the morning and not to have to put on my uniform. For years I was on duty from 06:30 until 18:45. I was in the private sector for 27 years and in management for 21 years, but the time that I spent as part of the Mediclinic team was the best. Mediclinic recruits and draws the best people, and that is what distinguishes the company from others,” she said.
Dalene had only good things to say about the staff of Mediclinic Lephalale. “I’ve met wonderful doctors and staff. I will take the memories with me. The difficult memories allowed me to grow as a person, and the good memories will always be part of me. Thank you, it was a pleasure and privilege to be part of this team,” she concluded.
Dr Willie Barnard, on behalf of the doctors, wished Dalene all the best for the new phase in her life.
Human Resources Manager Cindy Breedt handed over a gift of recognition to Dalene.