Maru­bini lived for ed­u­ca­tion

Death lands blow to char­ity work

Sowetan - - Obituaries - By Roy Tshiv­hase

Born: Feb­ru­ary 12 1933 Died: May 12 Fu­neral: To­mor­row at Tho­hoyan­dou In­door Sport Com­plex, from 8am Burial: Mbaleni Ceme­tery in Tho­hoyan­dou

My mother Vi­o­let Maru­bini was born at Dzw­erani vil­lage in Venda on Feb­ru­ary 12 1933.

She was the daugh­ter of the late Maria Madima and Mr Nyan­dane.

She died on Satur­day at Mid­stream Health Cen­tre in Cen­tu­rion, Pre­to­ria af­ter a long ill­ness.

She started school at Lwa­mondo Pi­mary in 1941.

In 1945, Vi­o­let moved to Tshi­fudi vil­lage with my grand­mother where she at­tended Tshi­fudi Pri­mary School, and later started her high school stud­ies at Tshidim­bini Ju­nior Secmil­lions ondary. She moved to the Ven­da­land In­sti­tute in 1949 and com­pleted her teach­ers diploma in 1954.

In May 1954, she was ap­pointed to teach at Tshi­fudi Pri­mary be­fore mov­ing on to teach at Gooldville Mis­sion School in Tshitereke the fol­low­ing year.

In the same year she got mar­ried to now late BT Tshiv­hase and they were blessed with a daugh­ter Tshikanuko.

In 1982, Maru­bini en­rolled for a BA de­gree at the Univer­sity of Venda and com­pleted her stud­ies in 1985.

On April 23 1986, Maru­bini was ap­pointed the de­part­men­tal head teacher at Tshilu­vhi Pri­mary School in Tho­hoyan­dou.

She com­pleted her Univer­sity Ed­u­ca­tion Diploma in 1987, fol­lowed by a BEd hon­ours in 1990.

Two years later Maru­bini re­tired and moved to Berea, Jo­han­nes­burg, where she set­tled.

She was known for her char­ity work, warmth and her beau­ti­ful smile.

She opened doors of her home in Jo­han­nes­burg to Church of Christ con­gre­gants when they didn’t have a place to worship and was one of the found­ing mem­bers of Church of Christ Hill­top in Auck­land Park.

Last month Maru­bini suf­fered a stroke, re­sult­ing in her be­ing in a semi-co­matose state for 40 days.

Her Cre­ator called her on May 12 while still un­der the care of the nurses at the Mid­stream Health Cen­tre in Cen­tu­rion.

Her fu­neral ser­vice will take place to­mor­row at the Tho­hoyan­dou In­door Sport Com­plex from 8am.

The fu­neral pro­ces­sion will then head to Mbaleni Ceme­tery at noon where she will be laid to rest.

Maru­bini is sur­vived by 10 chil­dren, 36 grand­chil­dren and nine great-grand­chil­dren.

Vha edele nga mu­lalo.

Vi­o­let Maru­bini

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