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Monica Matlakala's death has certainly robbed me and our whole community of a dedicated, reliable, loving and very caring mother and teacher.
I have known Moni (as every one called Monica) all my adult life. She was more than a friend. She was a sister, confidante and more.
She was a year ahead of me in school, but that did not stop us from becoming bosom buddies. She was born on March 3 1955 in Western Township, commonly known as Monza.
When my family relocated to Rockville from Meadowlands, she welcomed me and made me feel at home in our new neighbourhood.
After completing high school at Molapo Secondary School (now called Mafori Mphahlele High School) in Molapo, Matlakala enrolled for a teaching diploma at Jabulani Technical College.
Her first job was Motsaneng Lower Primary School. In 1977 she left to teach at Thusanang Lower Primary School, also in Molapo, where she worked until the time of her death.
In 1991 she obtained a Secondary Teachers Certificate in Education, and a Secondary Diploma in Education at Vista. In 1999 she obtained a Diploma in Remedial Education at the then Rand Afrikaans Universiteit.
She was also involved in various sporting activities, her focus being cricket.
She was awarded a merit diploma for exceptional contribution to the development of cricket in South Africa by Dr Ali Bacher.
She was a member of the cricket "A" team which toured Soweto and other townships to introduce and coach. In 1987 she qualified as a level one coach with the South African Cricket Union.
A dedicated girl guide, she was also a music teacher. She collected several certificates for winning competitions.
A favourite with pupils, teachers and parents, she was always humble and dedicated, an inspiration to the communities of Molapo and Rockville.
Matlakala was a warm, loving, caring person with a sense of humour. Her home was always full of happy people.
Matlakala is survived by two children and two sisters. She will be buried tomorrow at Avalon Cemetery.
The service for her funeral starts at 9am at the Dutch Reformed Church in Moroka.