‘My last gift to my dad’

2014-11-07 00:00

BANDISA Ndlovu is mourning the loss of his father last week, but takes solace in knowing that he gave his dad the best gift ever in being appointed head boy at Voortrekker High School.

“I gave my father his greatest gift when I became the head boy. It was my final gift to him,” said Ndlovu.

His father was killed in an accident on Tuesday last week, just two weeks after Ndlovu (18) made history by becoming Voortrekker’s first black head boy.

His mother, who was also in the car, survived the crash.

Despite the tragedy, Ndlovu looks forward to next year, and chooses to celebrate the little mercies and blessings in his life. Instead of being bitter over his father’s death, he praises God for sparing his mother. “It [his father’s death] is still very painful and I am struggling with it.

“Even though I lost my father, I am still very thankful to God that my mother survived. God could have taken both of them, so I am thankful that my mother survived,” he said.

“When I was announced as the head boy, I was shocked. My parents were very pleased seeing their son achieving this. My father was very pleased and this was my final gift to him.”

He said he would cherish his appointment for years to come.

“I will tell my children and my grandchildren. This is history; it will stay on even when I am gone.”

Ndlovu joined Voortrekker in 2010 in Grade 8. The school uses both English and Afrikaans as teaching languages, and over the years he has learnt to speak Afrikaans fluently.

The tall, well-built rugby player said he was attracted to the school while still in primary school when he heard of its academic achievements and exploits on the rugby field. When he joined, he was not disappointed.

Speaking on the kind of leader he would be, he said “a consistent one”. “I’ll behave the way I expect the other students to behave, in and out of school. Together with my fellow students, head girl and prefects, we will take the school to greater heights.”

Ndlovu said the education and mentoring he is receiving from the school is a stepping stone for great things to come.

“I want to study law and I want a rugby career,” he said.

Principal Jan Nel said it was “a no-brainer” appointing Ndlovu. “I coached him in the under 14s team; he had leadership potential.”

He said he expected Ndlovu to live up to his potential, lead the students and continue to uphold the school’s values.

“When I was announced as the head boy, I was shocked. My parents were very pleased seeing their son achieving this.”

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