School founder happy to be acknowledged 48 years later

JP Maswanganyi honoured by former learners

Although it took 48 years for his former learners to acknowledge the role he played in their lives, retired principal James Phahlela Maswanganyi says he is happy that finally people have been able to thank him while he is still alive.

Mr JP Maswanganyi and his wife Mrs AS Maswanganyi with founder learners of M’tititi High school who honoured him and fellow founding teachers Raphael Marivate and Gabriel Mahlale

Speaking at M’tititi High School after being honoured by his former learners, JP Maswanganyi as he is affectioonately known, said he was relieved that people have finally seen the sacrifices he has made in improving the lives of people at M’tititi.

“Forty eight years is a long time,” he said,” a child born 48 years ago is now an adult. As years went by I thought nobody saw what I did for people.”

Teachers Raphael Marivate and Gabriel Mahlale were honoured by founder learners of M’tititi high school

“Better late than never, as they say and I am happy that finally I have been appreciated.”
Speaking on behalf of fellow former learners retired magistrate Daniel Maluleke praised the elderly citizen for the role he played in their lives. “You were selfless and we are what we are because of you,” he said.
Maluleke and other former learners Ben Mecebele and Dorris Moyane presented Mr Maswanganyi with a collage, stick and some cash.

One of the M’tititi secondary school founder teachers Raphy Marivate with founder learners Benson Ntlemo

The National Education Collaboration Trust donated 400 books to each of the 9 primary schools in the circuit in the name of JP Maswanganyi in keeping with their Read to Lead campaign .
The board chairman of the National Student Finance Scheme Ernest Khosa praised the former school principal for his nation building efforts.

From left to right: Ben Mecebele, Mabel Mashaba, Benson Ntlemo, James Mabasa, Anna Mabasa, Violet Mathebula, George Maluleke and Dorris Moyane

Dr Japisa Mathonsi from the National Drug Authority talked the learners about the bad effects of drugs.
Hosi M’tititi, real names Yingwani Chauke hailed the event.

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