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Qaphela Dlamini

How do you choose between a career as a professional basketball player and a teacher? You do as Qaphela Dlamini has done – become an excellent teacher and a brilliant sports coach! When Qaphela was four years old, he lost the use of his legs. Undeterred, he crawled around the mealie fields helping his mother…

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Senzakahle

As often happens in small towns, one major manufacturer employs a lot of people, and when this business relocates or closes, many are left desperate.  The women who lead Senzakahle Co-Op in Mooi River, Zodwa Khoza and Sylvia Ntuli, had been employed at Mooi River Textiles since 1981 and 1974 respectively.  Both women excelled at,…

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Sandile Sikhosana

Sandile Sikhosana eats, sleeps and breaths mathematics. Actually, he dreams maths too.  “Often interesting questions for exam papers come to me in my dreams and then all I have to do in the morning is write them down,” he recounts.   Sandile is absolutely determined to improve the quality of maths teaching in South Africa and…

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Terrence Khawula

Cycling 15kms to school each morning along country roads in Underberg gave Terrence Khawula plenty of time to think.  His parents were farm workers and he needed to supplement their income as soon as he was able. Along with other boys on the farm, he became a caddie at the Underberg Country Club on weekends.…

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Babanetse

Clearly, Elsie Madlala is an accomplished seamstress and astute businesswoman.  Neat uniforms, flamboyant African dresses and promotional t-shirts are stacked high in the storeroom of Babanentse headquarters in Bruntville, Mooi River.  At the top of the hill at the Siqalo creche that her sister, Aletta Mpangase runs, learners are dressed in blue uniforms that Aletta…

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Zandile Sikhakane

A chance encounter in the Impendle Library changed a few lives. That’s the sort of thing that happens in small country towns. Keen reader Zandile Sihakane was delighted when a library opened in the main street of Impendle where she has lived all her life.  Before that, there were just no books around and accessing…

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Themba Mamela

When Themba Memela first heard about Funda Nenja, he couldn’t believe his luck. “Dogs are my favourite animals in the whole world,” he recalls, “so I decided to take my old dog Xoki and have a look.”  They were hooked from day one, with Themba pleased to find like-minded animal lovers in his neighbourhood and…

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Thami Sokhela

Most teachers in their fifties are feeling weary and starting to think about retirement. Not Thami Sokhela. After 27 years at Shea O’Connor School in Nottingham Road (18 years as principal), he chose to move to crowded Bruntville Primary, in the heart of the township. “Many of the farming families were moved to the township,…

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Ayesha Kazi

You wouldn’t expect a school principal to turn half a dozen loaves of bread into sandwiches before bed each night. However, Ayesha Kazi is not your run of the mill principal. “I couldn’t believe it during a lesson on healthy eating, when I mentioned the importance of a good breakfast and one little girl told…

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Nosisa Sosibo

Nosisa Sosibo was born with Mathematics in her bones. “It must be genetic because I have loved numbers as long as I can remember,” she asserts.  Enrolling for Grade One at a deep rural uMzimkhulu school with the ability to count and add certainly surprised her teachers!  As is common for children who grow up…

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