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'Legod' was a real asset to society

By unknown | Nov 23, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Moatlhodi Dilotsotlhe

Distinguished scholar and head of the department of mathematics, science and technology education at Tshwane University of Technology, Professor Godfrey Sethole, died last Friday.

Sethole studied at the universities of Bophuthatswana, Cape Town, Stellenbosch and the Witwatersrand. At the time of his death, he had published 20 scientific papers and nine mathematics textbooks. He was also a co-editor of a new book on mathematics education, entitled Mathematical Tasks Around the World. The book will be launched in Mexico in July.

He joined the former Technikon North West in 1999. Prior to that, he taught at Odi High School and lectured at the Indumiso College of Education and the University of Stellenbosch.

From humble beginnings, he defied all odds to become a distinguished teacher and scholar of immense pedigree. I met "Legod" in 1999, when we were invited to become faculty members of the former Technikon North West.

A month later, we found ourselves as colleagues in the then department of education and communication studies.

An unassuming individual, Sethole set on a course as a renaissance man. He encouraged and actively participated in a series of seminars and intellectual discourses in the institutional community. These forums included other people from outside the work community. An asset to society was simply at work, and his research profile bears testimony.

Mamelodi Sundowns have also lost a dedicated supporter.

He will be buried tomorrow. The service, at the Ga-Rankuwa Campus of the Tshwane University of Technology, starts at 8am.


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