50 year service for Kloof teacher

2015-10-20 06:00
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Isaac Mduli (74) recently celebrated his long service award working  at Kloof High School.

Photo: supplied Isaac Mduli (74) recently celebrated his long service award working at Kloof High School.

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KWANGCOLOSI reserve resident Isaac Mduli (74) had reason to celebrate recently when he received the long service award working as a laboratory assistant for the physical science department at Kloof High School.

“I am very pleased and very happy about my long service award. Half a century of service is a very significant achievement. I have the [honour] of being the first person to serve Kloof High School for 50 years. Above all, I thank God for enabling me to do it,” said Mduli.

He completed his primary education in KwaNgcolosi. Owing to religious obligations he had to attend Standard 6 and 7 at St Wendolins School as this is a Catholic school.

“In 1957 and 1958 I received my junior certificate from St Francis College, Mariannhill. When I passed in 1958, I was compelled to leave school because of financial inability to further my education.”

Mduli said his experience at Kloof High school ha s taught him a lot about everyday life.

“When I joined Kloof High School I enjoyed working in isolation in the laboratories. I was interested in reading science books, learning more facts about living things in biology and learning about the behaviour of matter.

“Experiments taught me more about things that we use in our everyday lives.

Mduli loves his job and spoke about the sacrifices he had to make in order to get to work everyday

“Since Kloof High School is so far from the highway, I had to walk a long distance every morning to school. In the afternoon I had to walk from the school to Pinetown. The reason for walking to Pinetown was the lack of transport.

“Most of the domestic workers and gardeners were staying in the area, and so there was no public transport during the daytime. The well-known Kloof heavy rains used to pour down upon me when I was making my way to Pinetown.

“Since I had been told that this was a permanent job I vowed to myself that I will stick to it through thick and thin.”

“As a laboratory assistant I was under the supervision of a conscientious science teacher, Mr Bishton.

“When I arrived he taught me the laboratory rules, precautions in the lab and gave me various science books and catalogues to read.”

His duties were to keep the lab tidy, set up some experiments, dismantle the experiments at the end of lessons, make some solutions for experiments, clean the apparatus after experiments, keep the records of broken equipment for stock-taking at the end of the year and other minor duties within the laboratory.

His message to the youth is: “Self trust is the first secret of success. You must always trust yourself even when you are alone. Try by all means not to rely upon somebody else.

“Avoid having too many friends because some of them will distract you from your successful aims and ambitions.

“You must always have an aim. Donand#039;t rely on people to get things done for yourself, but rely upon God.”

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