Obituary: educationalist Zandile Mbeje

2010-02-18 00:00

CITY educationist Zandile Mbeje, who made her mark on the national education scene, died last week after a long illness.

Mbeje (45), who was born and grew up in Pietermaritzburg, was the fourth child of Moses and Euphemia Kunene. She studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and while doing her Masters in Education, worked in the university’s Curriculum Development Unit. Mbeje went on to join Oxford University Press and later the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) as a trainer and materials developer.

At the time of her death she was the executive director of the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance, an agency of the Gauteng Education Department. In 2008 Mbeje was nominated one of South Africa’s most influential women in business and government by her peers. She was also a finalist in the 2006 Outstanding Women in the Public Sector and State-Owned Enterprises Awards. Mbeje belonged to several international organisations working in the education sector and was recently elected president of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management.

She had enrolled at the Institute of Education at the University of London for her Masters in Business administration. In September 2009 she was in London when she took ill and was admitted to Charing Cross Hospital. After three months she was transferred to the Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg where she died on Thursday, February 11.

Mbeje leaves her husband Thamsanqa, three daughters, her mother, three sisters and a brother.

Her funeral will take place in Pietermaritzburg this Saturday, February 20, at the uMgungundlovu FET College, Plessislaer campus in F.J. Sithole Road starting at 9 am.





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