Small tribute to a man with bigger dreams

2017-10-26 06:00
Mondli Kweyiya

Mondli Kweyiya

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I wish to pass on words of condolence to the family of the late Mondli Kweyiya.

I have worked closely with him in Khayelitsha.

Kweyiya was a fierce lobbyist within the business arena in Khayelitsha.

As he was involved in the construction sector, advocating change for the benefit of black constructors, he became noted for his hard work and dedication to that cause.

He threw himself at the task even though he had a young wife and children during those times.

Kweyiya was extremely strong and was passionate about getting the business going.

I dealt with him during my years as secretary at the Khayelitsha Business Forum.

He was in charge of the construction sector.

When he was awarded a contract as a painter at the Khayelitsha Hospital, he called us together so we can share in the project, as, he said, the job was too big for one contractor.

It turned out the project was in complete disarray, which caused us to go our separate ways, and I retreated to my home to reflect, heal and to renew my energy.

Mondli will be remembered for the dotting parent he was to his children.

I respected him a great deal for that. He generally liked the good times too. He enjoyed listening to his jazz collection.

He was also involved in the church, even becoming an elder to the flock.

He always dreamt of running a big business and being successful.

Since I had left Khayelitsha many moons ago, I was not privy to some of the events that engulfed his life.

I understand there were many changes in his life.

He once paid me a visit in Queenstown, and that was the last I heard of him.

We probably sat for about two hours. He shared with me the latest developments in his life and what was happening with other friends. Unfortunately I had to rush to church. He went to the direction of Umtata, with the said purpose of searching for new opportunities.

Epaph Mbesi Pletternberg Bay

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