It has been 46 years of a successful career at Transnet and this year couldn’t have ended on a more brilliant note for Dr. Lynette Coetzee, founder of the Transnet-Phelophepa Health Care Train. Dr. Coetzee, Senior Manager: Health at the Transnet Foundation and Project Manager of Phelophepa is the first woman in Africa to receive this high accolade and among seven individuals in the world who will be awarded with the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)’s honorary 2013 membership.
The Honorary stature is presented to individuals who have contributed to the advancement of national or global health care and the honorary members will be inducted on 17 November 2013 at STTI’s 42nd Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, in the USA.
Previous honorary members include Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al Hussein of Jordan; Tore Laerdal (the managing director of Laerdal Global Health) and other men and women with superior achievements, dating back to 1939.
‘’This is a crown jewel of my career in improving primary healthcare in rural South Africa and a treasure I am taking forward to my new career as integral coach. It is a wonderful foundation to continue to plough into Transnet and the broader community,’’ an emotional Dr. Coetzee said.
She further pointed out that what will make this year’s event special to South Africa is that Professor Hester Klopper, an international academic leader with extensive international networks in public health, policy development, nursing and health care will be inaugurated as the new STTI’s President at the same STTI biennium. Apart from the position being the highest in the Society, she is also the first African to reach that level of command.
Dr. Coetzee and Transnet Foundation’s relationship with the STTI started two years ago when Phelophepa received the Honor Society of Nursing recognition for making a visible difference to the lives of people in rural areas. Dr. Lynette received the award on the Transnet-Phelophepa “Train of Hope’s” behalf and instead of giving a speech, she opted for a four minute DVD presentation on Phelophepa’ services, resulting in a standing ovation from the gathering.
Transnet Foundation would like to congratulate Dr. Lynette Coetzee with a standing ovation.