An optimist and a fighter

2008-05-23 00:00

Many people, both locally and nationally, associate the midlands town of Richmond with political conflict and violence. It reminds them of uncomfortable events from apartheid history they would rather not remember. The luxury of not remembering is seldom available to those whose names give form and content to that history, for they lived it. Often it still lives in them. One such person is Andrew Ragavaloo, speaker of the Richmond council and principal of Richmond Combined School.

Ragavaloo says growing up in a big family taught him to co-operate with others and be part of a family team, a skill which obviously stayed with him. “I learnt that everyone has a role to play, even those who just ‘stand and wait’, as Milton’s poem says. In later life, I would not have achieved the things I did without the co-operation and help of others.”

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