THE Marburg community is saddened by the death of Thangavaloo Kisten Govender, fondly known as “TK”. Govender died in the early hours of Saturday morning on 23 July. His death has come as a shock to Marburg Primary School, the Department of Education and the community. He was well known and liked by the stakeholders he served. Govender took ill a few years ago and had many health challenges, but showed professionalism, commitment and a love for his work.He qualified as a teacher at Transvaal College of Education in 1983 and was active in the sporting field and someone who had a zest for life. He taught at Singh’s Primary School in Germiston in 1984 for three years before making his way to Braemar Primary in 1987.The newly built Marburg Primary School became his new place of employment on 15 January, 1990. Govender was very serious and passionate about his teaching. He carried out his work in a business-like fashion and his record books indicated a high level of preparation and planning. He gave his attention to the development of all pupils and always showed empathy towards them and had their welfare at heart. One of the additional duties, which stood out clearly, was his involvement in the welfare committee, which took care of the needs of disadvantaged children. Govender worked closely with Bread of Heaven for the delivery of sandwiches to pupils. One thing that touched everyone’s heart, was his caring attitude to ensure that hungry pupils would receive a sandwich at break. At times he would also go the extra mile to obtain uniforms and shoes for pupils. He served Marburg Primary for 25 years and the Department of Education for 32 years. Govender was a gentle and jovial person with respect and good personality. He was a firm, but sympathetic teacher who worked hard in the intermediate phase. He was noted for being meticulous in every task he completed. He was a seasoned teacher and the wealth of experience he acquired over the years cannot be easily replaced. His absence will be sorely missed by the pupils, staff and parents of Marburg.