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Segooa's illustrious life was full of gaiety

By unknown | Jul 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Tsokotla Segooa and Caiphus Rampheri

When Tsokotla told me of the passing of Maaka Obed Segooa, a community leader, teacher and a senior manager in the Limpopo government, I had mixed feelings. Should we all cover our heads and cry? Or should we celebrate the good life that Segooa had? We chose the latter.

I knew this man we affectionately called "Makampa" through Tsokotla. We used to meet at various family gatherings and official functions.

Though he was much older than me, we communicated about various aspects of life. He was full of energy and life.

My memories are still fresh of when I, Tsokotla, and other family members drove with him to Swaziland for a wedding. He kept us in stitches with his jokes.

Segooa was an entrepreneur of note, even after he had retired from the public service. He wanted to empower his contemporaries to access business opportunities in the province.

Born on October 6 1934 at Bethesda Training College where his father was a teacher, he was the youngest of five siblings.

He attended Mothapo, Phuti and Subiaco primary schools until standard six. He went on to Geldenhuys School where he obtained a junior certificate. Following in his father's footsteps he enrolled at the Bethesda Teachers' Training College.

He had an illustrious career, including working as a court interpreter and marriage officer. He later worked for the Department of Health. At the time of his retirement he was a deputy director in the department.

Segooa was a staunch member of the Uniting Reform Church. He also served in various community leadership positions including as a councillor in Seshego.

He will be buried tomorrow at Silicon Cemetery in Polokwane. The service will be at the Uniting Reform Church in Seshego at 7am.


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