Amakholwa founding principal dies

2015-12-16 06:00
PHOTO: supplied  Dr Jabulani Canaan  Buthelezi, the founding principal of Amakholwa High School, will be buried on Saturday   after succumbing to a brief illness last Friday.

PHOTO: supplied Dr Jabulani Canaan Buthelezi, the founding principal of Amakholwa High School, will be buried on Saturday after succumbing to a brief illness last Friday.

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AMAKHOLWA High School founding principal Dr Jabulani Canaan Buthelezi (76) will be buried on Saturday after a funeral service at the Global Outreach Christian Centre, 380 Langalibalele Street.

Buthelezi died last Friday after a brief illness.

He was born on 27 July, 1939 in Lennixton, Newcastle, to Daniel Maliwa Buthelezi and Kate Toto Buthelezi (maMwelase).

He completed secondary school at Adams College where he excelled academically. His outstanding matric results earned him admission to University of Zululand. After graduating from there, Buthelezi began his teaching career at Buhlebuyeza Secondary School in Greytown where he facilitated the building of the school.

His meritorious performance as a young teacher led to his recruitment for principalship and founder of Amakholwa High School in Pietermaritzburg.

In addition to building Amakholwa High, the most crucial role during his tenure there was teaching as well as mentoring - many of his pupils say he transformed their lives, said his family in a press statement.

Buthelezi counted esteemed political figures, notable community members and as well as a host of other silent heroes as his protégés.

In his quest to broaden his horizons, he accepted a position at the University of Zululand. Although he enjoyed the leadership and mentoring position he held there, Buthelezi answered a call to return to his love and passion of grooming and moulding young minds in a classroom setting.

This call led him a principalship to
Zibukezulu High, Mpande High and Umbumbulu College of Education.

In 1988 Buthelezi was admitted at Michigan State University (MSU), in the United States where he earned three Master’s degrees and a PhD. The rigorous academic environment at MSU aroused his then-latent passion for writing and became a fertile ground for a production and publication of award-winning books. Among them is the well-known Impi YaboMdabu Isethunjini.

1n 2005, he returned to South Africa where he continued to pursue his writing, teaching, mentorship and also served in a number of community initiatives and organisations.

Buthelezi was preceded in death in 2010 by his soulmate and friend Dr Sybil Mazo
Buthelezi. He is survived by his wife Mana Buthelezi whom he married in 2013, four children Phindile, Shenge, Sthokoziso and Mangaliso and six grandchildren.

The funeral service will take place at 10am.

For more information contact Mr MS Buthelezi on 072 825 7225 or Sthokoziso Buthelezi on 073 913 3405. – Supplied.

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