Happy birthday, and farewell

2015-05-07 06:00

QHAWEKAZI, (heroine) was what every speaker called 60-year-old Thandiwe Dlamini whose life was celebrated on Friday night at Ilawu Hotel.

Her colleagues, who planned the surprise birthday party, praised Dlamini for her passion during the 35 years she spent at Siyanda High in Sweetwaters.

Dlamini said teaching is her life, however, she said she will be downing tools as a teacher in June, but that would not kill the teaching genes in her.

“Apart from that, in our times teaching was almost our first choice, but I always wanted to be a teacher. Everyone starts from a teacher’s hand and that should mean something about the teaching profession.

“I have never been bored as a teacher. Standing in front of my pupils is something that is not a mistake. I started teaching history and other subjects and then the focus shifted to Zulu for my matric pupils.

“From then until now I have been a Zulu language teacher. I love teaching the language and as a result I have produced pupils with As. When one deals with pupils it should sink in that children are not the same. Once that is in the mind of the teacher the rest will follow. Things sort themselves out without any hassles, but with an understanding.”

She is called “gogo” at school, but her looks don’t show her age. When asked what her secret for looking young is, she laughed.

“I get that comment a lot and I take it as a compliment. I am 60, I am blessed with two children and two grandchildren, so I am a gogo. I feel like a queen and I thank each individual for their effort [for this party]. I know they did this from their deepest heart and love,” she said.

Dlamini and other teachers who excelled in their subjects last year were honoured with certificates. Staff, including the principal, attended the party singing happy birthday and saying farewell to Dlamini

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