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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.

(Pics: Sicelo Maziya)

FAREWELL: For­mer pupils present their gifts to Sibongile Maz­ibuko dur­ing her farewell func­tion at SOS Her­man Gmeiner High School yes­ter­day.

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