Chatsworth resident, Florence Pillay, was recently recognised for an impressive twenty-five years of dedicated service by the KZN Super Tyres Management team.
Florence joined Super Tyres in the November of 1995 and was the first person of colour to be employed into the administration department by founders, Bob and Joslyn Horn. Her duties included banking, weekly payroll and bookkeeping. “I can still recall my very first day. Mrs Horn personally took me to all the stores and introduced me to every single staff member. After three months I was promoted and given the responsibility of reconciling the cash banking for Super Tyres. Back then there were 12 retail stores and I remember physically counting every single rand that needed to be banked. Nine months later I was promoted to the Bookkeeper at Super Tyres head office and took on the responsibility of the total payroll, salaries and wages, human resources and the bookkeeping of the Super Tyres Group,” says Florence.
Working in a predominantly male industry has never bothered Florence and she prides herself on her honesty, reliability and strong work ethic. “In 2019 I was awarded the coveted Administrative Excellence Award in recognition of my expertise, knowledge, values, passionate dedication to the cause and purpose of our company, my commitment in excellent servicing of our internal and external customers and suppliers, and for being the dedicated heart for employee advocacy,” adds Florence.
Florence has enjoyed being a part of the company’s growth, with Super Tyres expanding to 31 retail and in-house branches over the years.
“Florence is hardworking, dedicated and a true asset to our team,” says Dean Horn – Super Tyres Managing Director.
Florence has a very loving and supportive husband of 28 years, Manuel Pillay, and their pride and joy is their 20 year old daughter, Elyona Angel Pillay, who is currently in her third year of studies to become a Veterinary Surgeon.
In her spare time, Florence enjoys singing, socialising, reading, watching movies and is very involved at her local church. “I am also a Lecturer at the Bible School in the evenings and love to write articles for evangelism and give biblical advice on matters of the heart in my “Ask Flo” column currently featuring in a Christian magazine.”
Her advice to others is to first love God, then yourself and to spread love to others who need encouragement and hope. Florence is a firm believer in the importance of taking pride in yourself, your work and to always be consistently reliable, honest and loyal.
“I am very grateful to be a part of the Super Tyres team who are like family to me. I love the challenges, the variety and the opportunities that come my way every day. I am committed to mentoring, inspiring and sharing my years of knowledge to up-and-coming members in my department. I am passionate about serving others and developing people to be the best they can be in all spheres of their lives,” concludes Florence.