SIBONGILE CALLS FOR SNAT, SWAPA MERGER
Retired Deputy Headteacher at SOS Hermann Gmeiner High school Sibongile Mazibuko has called for SNAT and SWAPA to merge.
Speaking during her farewell function held at her former school yesterday, Mazibuko said what made her succeed as SNAT President during the toughest times of Waya Waya was that principals were also on board on the issues of the salary review.
Mazibuko was described as a believer, achiever and ambassador of education by both teachers and pupils.
The former Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) President was showered with these praises during her farewell function held at the school yesterday.
Mazibuko’s rich teaching history started from humble beginnings spanning 38 years, having started her teaching profession at Malutha proceeding to Mbabane Central, St Marks and then decided to pursue her degree at UNISWA until 1994 after which she joined SOS Hermann Gmeiner High school till her retirement last year.
Pupils’ representative Arkos Arkofua, a Form Five pupil, described her former deputy headteacher as affectionate and always supportive to all pupils.
Arkofua who is also the head-girl at the school said pupils will forever remember her for her uplifting spirit and famous scripture Psalms 1 verse
1 “blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful”.
The former deputy was further praised by the head-girl “as a person who believed and always insisted on second chances, she stood up for herself as well of others. She attracted even international and local media such as the Kuwait Television News Network, Aljazeera when she led a successful teachers strike in 2012 called ‘Waya Waya’.
All speakers praised the former SNAT president even the director of the programs praised and informed Mazibuko that students still look at her as a mentor and educator and said the reason they prepared the day is for them to say ‘thank you.’ The farewell function was attended by government officials, SNAT members, parents and past and present pupils of SOS.
The event was also graced by the newly appointed Swazi Mobile Chief Customer Executive Gciniwe Fakudze.
The retiring former SNAT president with the Head teacher Welcome Dlamini described Gciniwe as a role model for all girls in the country on the role they can play. Sibongile Mazibuko, as known in the mainstream media, has so many names that were not known in the media. Teachers at the school said they were used to calling her Comrade Sbu, some would call her Nsukwansukwa, Ngucungucu or Phunyuka bamphethe, and all this names described the character not known in her public life as an activists and union leader of SNAT.
She was described by the teacher’s representative Mrs. Hlatswako as a born leader and a humble leader quoting William Shakespeare and said “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them”.
Hlatshwako described her as vibrate, energetic and cheerful and personified individual, she said one thing many people didn’t know about Mazibuko is that she is a God-fearing women. The outspoken former deputy head teacher was also described by students in a well choreographed poem by two students entitled mother of success they described her as the hero of education, recalling the history of the struggle for teachers.
FAREWELL: Former pupils present their gifts to Sibongile Mazibuko during her farewell function at SOS Herman Gmeiner High School yesterday.