Tributes pour in f or district direc­tor

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TRIBUTES pour ed in f or uM gun­gundlovu district Education direc­tor Jen­nifer Baiju af­ter her sud­den death was an­nounced yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

KwaZu­luNatal E duca­tion MEC Mthandeni Dlung wana r eleased a state­ment yes­ter­day af­ter­noon about the “com­mit­ted” district direc­tor’s death, with tribut es pour­ing in f or Baiju on so­cial me­dia platf orms.

Face­book user Ziningi Mbele said in a post on so­cial me­dia that Baiju’s death was “a gr eat los s in­deed f or Um­gun­gundlovu Dis trict. M ay her soul rest in peac e.”

In an­other Face­book post user Nozipho Mkhize said Baiju had died too soon.

Dlung­wana’s said B aiju w as an out­stand­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor and leader and that she had died y es­ter­day morn­ing af­ter a “short illne ss”.

“She serv ed the K waZu­luNatal Depart­ment of Education in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties f or mor e than t wo decades,” said Dlung wana.

“She was in­stru­men­tal in pro­mot­ing the trans­for­ma­tion of education sys­tem.

“Over the past few years the Depart­ment of E duca­tion ben­e­fit ed from her vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship which por­trayed her phi­los­o­phy that teach­ing should make a dif­fer­ence in so­ci­ety,” he said.

“Her con­tri­bu­tions and ex­per­tise in the field of education ha ve been widely ac­knowl­edged by col­leagues in the dep art­ment.

“As we mourn her p ass­ing away, the depart­ment ap­pre­ci­ates her in valu­able c on­tri­bu­tion, and she will be re­mem­bered as one of the mos t ded­i­cated leader s the dep art­ment has pro­duced.”

“We take this op­por­tu­nity to con­vey our sinc ere con­do­lences to the friends and mem­bers of the be­reaved fam­ily. May her soul r est in et er­nal peace,” he said.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held for Baiju to­mor­row, at Mar­itzburg Col­lege, at noon.

Her fu­neral will be held on Friday with the time and v enue still to be con­firmed. — Wit­ness Re­porter.

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Tributes ha ve pour ed in f or uM­gun­gundlovu dis trict Education dir ec­tor Jenny Baiju.

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