Tribute to caring Greytonian

2015-09-30 06:00

ONE of Greytown’s highly respected citizens, Mrs Idephonsa Zikalala, died two weeks ago at the age of 91. She had spent most of her life caring for others as a professional nurse and was a loving individual.

Much loved by young and old she enjoyed VIP treatment at all government offices while taxi drivers would always give her the front seat.

After training at Benedictine Hospital, Idephonsa left Zululand and worked in a Pietermaritzburg Hospital for infectious disease.

This was followed by a spell of private nursing after which she nursed retired Anglican nuns at St Cross Convent private hospital - now known as St Anne’s.

When Edendale Hospital opened in 1954, Idephonsa was one of the first medical personnel to work there. She trained in district midwifery and specialised in training midwives.

In 1965, on her arrival in Greytown, she began her long and committed association with Greytown Hospital where she worked until retiring. But being such a dedicated nurse she continued after retirement at Montebe- llo Hospital where she was in charge of the nurses home.

After this she returned to Greytown to work at Pine Street Clinic from where she really did retired for good.

She was a devoted member of the Roman Catholic Church and up until the time of her death was an active member of the congregation.

Married in 1964 to Umvoti teacher, Madla Zikalala, the couple had three children. She is survived by her daughter Mbali, son-in-law Lind Dladla, her daughter-in-law Bathabile Dlamini (national Minister of Social Development) and grandchildren Mpho, Skhumbuzo, Fezeka and Nqubeko.

The funeral service will take place on Saturday 3 October at 11am at Nkosikazi Yoxolo Catholic Church Enhlalakahle

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