Ex-Bu­l­awayo may­oress dies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

WIFE to the late for­mer Bu­l­awayo Mayor, Jareth Ndlovu, Mrs Belinda Ndlovu has died. She was 87. She died on Sun­day after a long ill­ness. hus­band was mayor from 1988 to 1989.

Mrs Ndlovu was born in 1929 at Gwanda hos­pi­tal. She at­tended Gobadema board­ing school be­fore mov­ing to Da­daya Mis­sion and then Usher In­sti­tute where she trained as a Do­mes­tic Science teacher. She later taught at var­i­ous schools in ru­ral Mata­bele­land in­clud­ing at Ngungum­bani. She then moved to Bu­l­awayo.

Her first job in the city was at Mt­shede Pri­mary School in Njube. How­ever, she had to re­turn to ru­ral teach­ing fol­low­ing the birth of her last child.

This was ac­cord­ing to the laws of the colo­nial regime at the time that re­quired African teach­ers to reap­ply for their jobs fol­low­ing ma­ter­nity leave. More of­ten than not, this reap­pli­ca­tions would re­sult in them being re­as­signed to ru­ral schools.

After her stint at Ngungum­bani, Mrs Ndlovu worked at Mpopoma Sec­ondary School where she was among the first batch of ed­u­ca­tors to teach Do­mes­tic Science. There­after, she worked for Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil for many years as a Home Eco­nom­ics trainer at Pu­mula women’s club. She trained women in ca­ter­ing skills, in­clud­ing weav­ing, bas­ketry and bak­ing.

She worked at Esikhoveni Train­ing Cen­tre in Esigo­dini for a few years be­fore mov­ing to Hill­side Teach­ers’ Train­ing Col­lege from where she re­tired.

Mrs Ndlovu also served as project of­fi­cer for the United Con­gre­ga­tional Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA).

De­spite her con­tri­bu­tion as an ed­u­ca­tion­ist, her real pas­sion was re­served for her ac­tiv­i­ties around her church, UCCSA.

In 1991 she was or­dained as a lay pas­tor, a role she played un­til the time of her death.

She will be buried to­mor­row at Lady Stan­ley Ceme­tery. A church ser­vice, to be held at the UCCSA Church in Njube will pre­cede the burial.

Mourn­ers are gath­ered at Num­ber 2 Humphreys Road, Or­ange Groove, North­vale, Bu­l­awayo.-@ Aux­il­iaK. Her

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