Mo­ha­jane es­poused fit­ness, higher learn­ing

Crude ac­ci­dent put paid to vi­brant for­mer teacher

Sowetan - - Obituaries - By Mon­gadi Mafata

Born: De­cem­ber 15 1927 Died: Novem­ber 5 Fu­neral: To­mor­row at Holy Cross Angli­can Church, Or­lando West, Soweto; from 6am Burial: West­park Ceme­tery, Jo­han­nes­burg

Through­out his life, Sam­son Ram­mebe Mo­ha­jane ex­tolled the virtues of higher ed­u­ca­tion.

His ex­cite­ment knew no bounds when he heard the news that one of his grand­chil­dren had passed her board ex­ams and could now proudly write char­tered ac­coun­tant next to her name.

Al­though he walked away from teach­ing af­ter a nasty run­ning-in with an un­ruly pupil at Ge­orge Khoza High School in Dob­sonville, Soweto, Mo­ha­jane, of­ten called “Tichere” around Mead­ow­lands Zone 3, al­ways preached the won­ders of con­tin­u­ous self­im­prove­ment.

The Kil­ner­ton Teacher Train­ing Col­lege grad­u­ate was a firm favourite at grad­u­a­tion par­ties in then un­paved streets of Soweto.

Dur­ing his speeches, where all his or­a­tory skills would come to the fore, he’d re­gale guests on how he balanced be­ing a hus­band, fa­ther of four, teacher, un­cle and still found the time to earn two de­grees from Univer­sity of SA – a bach­e­lor of arts and a bach­e­lor of ed­u­ca­tion (BEd).

He was also a strict sports ad­min­is­tra­tor and co-founded the Happy Boys Foot­ball Club in Mead­ow­lands with the late Rre Tlapu.

Mo­ha­jane also prac­tised the mar­tial art form of judo. Even dur­ing re­tire­ment, he still main­tained a daily reg­i­men of ex­er­cise and long walks around the neigh­bour­hood and was among the fittest pen­sion­ers around.

For­mer pres­i­dent Kgalema Mot­lanthe was one of his pupils. Mo­ha­jane ruled the chalk­board as as math­e­mat­ics and Afrikaans mas­ter at Mmusi High, Mead­ow­lands High, Lofentse Girls High, Kelok­itso Se­condary and Ge­orge Khoza High, where he took early re­tire­ment.

Fol­low­ing his de­par­ture from teach­ing, the sa­fari suit-lov­ing Mo­ha­jane shifted his fo­cus to busi­ness and would of­ten co-opt young rel­a­tives and boys in the neigh­bour­hood to help him sell live chicken ev­ery week­end all over Soweto.

He sur­vived a prostate cancer scare only to suf­fer a brain in­jury a cou­ple of years ago af­ter be­ing in­volved in a car ac­ci­dent. There­after, his health took a turn for the worse.

Mo­ha­jane was born in He­bron, North West, in 1927. He is sur­vived by his wife, Grace, whom he mar­ried 63 years ago, two sons, two daugh­ters, 11 grand­chil­dren and three great-grand­chil­dren. He died on Mon­day and will be buried to­mor­row.

Robala ka kgotso Kgomo!

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For­mer ed­u­ca­tion­ist Sam­son Mo­ha­jane.

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