WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Message from Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality:It is with sadness that we learnt of the passing away of Mr TB Watkins on June 23, 2015.Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality would like to convey its heartfelt condolences to the Watkins family, friends and colleagues of Public Safety Assistant Manager, Mr Thomas Benjamin Watkins. Mr Watkins fell ill on Friday, June 12, 2015 and was admitted to hospital on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.Mr Watkins had been employed with Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality for 39 years. He began his career as a fireman on May 19, 1976 and moved to the traffic section when the department became Protection Service.On December 1, 1978 he graduated from Traffic Training College as a traffic officer and was promoted to the rank of assistant superintendent on September 1, 1981.On November 9, 1979 he passed the examination for junior fireman and fireman in 1989. He obtained his final diploma from the Institute of Traffic Officers on March 5, 1984 and promoted to superintendent. He was later promoted to Assistant Manager: Traffic, a post he held until his passing away. Mr Watkins was a loyal employee and executed his duties with distinction. Although a man of few words, he was respected and commanded discipline. He was well versed in all facets within his profession. He regarded his profession as a fireman and traffic officer as a calling.He sacrificed life and limb for the safety of others. Mr Watkins was renowned as the “go to man”. His education is unquestionable and he availed himself day and night to respond to any emergency that arouse. He reported for duty whilst sick.He attended to many dangerous emergencies and saved many lives, be it at fire, extrication or saving victims during floods. Ladysmith has indeed lost a hero.Mr Watkins will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He was a humble man and committed to his faith. He was a man of honour, never shirked his responsibilities and kept us together when the sea was rough. He would show us light in times of darkness. Above all, he was a true gentleman and a loyal servant who will be forever missed.To his family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. WE SALUTE YOU! May his soul rest in peace.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.