Mandla Elvis Cindi was born and bred locally and are well known and highly respected not only in Ethandakukhanya, but also “in town”.
At the tender age of 25, Elvis joined Stander & Weber Attorneys as an interpreter/ delivery man/admin clerk, at the beginning of June 1986. It very soon became clear that he was not only “a jack of several trades” but in fact a “master” in his own right with accuracy, reliability, punctuality and sound human relations counting amongst his many attributes. He followed me to the then Legal Aid Board at the beginning of 2003 and was finally appointed by the LAB as a so-called office assistant in February 2006. Although his specific mandate was to act as a personal assistant to a visually impaired (i.e. blind) legal practitioner, he was much more.
Elvis (known as “Oom”) added computer literacy to his arsenal of skills and has, over more than 9 years, proved himself to be an all important staff member of not only the local Satellite Office, but also to the entire Ermelo Justice Centre to which it is attached. At the mature age of 54, Elvis is now transferred to the Witbank Justice Centre with the specific mandate to assist another visually impaired legal practitioner. He will, without a shadow of doubt, still be doing far more than just that. Our great loss will surely benefit them largely. Elvis, my ou groot maat, baie dankie vir al die jare se getroue en bekwame hulp. Baie dankie vir lojalitiet en opregte vriendskap. “Hamba kahle, Oom”.