Glowing Eulogies For Late Ex-Tongwe High School Head Sunduzani

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The late Themba Sunduzani

The former headmaster of Tongwe High School in Beitbridge, Themba Sunduzani (54) has died. A veteran English Literature teacher, Sunduzani taught at Zezane High School in Gwanda and later at Manama High School (also in Gwanda) where he ended up being deputy headmaster before being appointed head at Tongwe.

Most of his former students took to the social media to mourn the veteran educationist who died on February 03 after being unwell for some time.

Dumisani Muleya (Editor NewsHawks): In life there are teachers and mentors. For me, he was a teacher, mentor and friend until his sad death last night.

A teacher who insisted to me as a young high school boy, you are either going to be a lawyer or journalist, that’s where you should be. He then paved the pathway.

To encourage me and others, he archived one of my English essays in the school library and insisted other students should read it.

Such was Thembinkosi Sunduzani; a great and decorated English teacher I can safely say mostly influenced my high school years.

He was just a literature encyclopaedia; he liked African literature – Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Wole Soyinka, Ben Okri, Dambudzo Marechera and Ayi Kwei Armah, among others – and certainly respected Shakespeare, that famous English playwright, with his life.

Sunduzani also mostly loved African music: Hugh Masekela, Soul Brothers, Oliver Mtukudzi, Fela Kuti, Salif Keita, Lovemore Majaivana, Miriam Makeba and Angelique Kidjo were among his top favourites.

Of course, there were other good teachers too and credit remains due to them.

Education is the single most important job or profession of the human race. For teaching creates all other professions – it doesn’t matter what one goes on to become in life. The truth is that ultimately the teacher was the cornerstone of your foundation.

Teachers touch, shape and influence human lives and affect eternity; yet they can never tell where their influence, mentorship and legacy stop. RIP – eternally – Themba Sunduzani.

Another journalist Mlondolozi Ndlovu added, “Teachers are considered to be the light givers to the society. When they render their services with dedication in the making of a nation, it is certain, the younger generation would become better human beings; the behaviours of the citizens would be reasonable and polished. This is the contribution that my late Manama High School A level Literature teacher Themba Sunduzani had in my life and sadly he has rested.

“He wanted to produce complete students who would make impact in the world and used to check on the progress by his best students post-high school. May his soul rest in peace. Lala ngokuthula mdala Sunduzani.”

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