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Tomorrow I am taking a long trip home to bid farewell to my brother Phetole Solomon Ramatapa, who died last week after a short illness.
I will join thousands of people in bidding farewell to a man who made us all proud, whose value for education saw him dedicate his life to the teaching profession.
My brother was the family joker. When he was around, there was never a dull moment.
He would have celebrated his 56th birthday on Tuesday, February 12.
We grew up poor, but that did not discourage him from pursuing education. He knew that that was the only way out of poverty. Apart from being a skilful footballer in his youth, he was a respected sangoma. He called himself Sabawa because he was among the youngest healers in our family and community.
He always talked about education and was keen to see black children go to school and make a success of their lives. A very popular man, he never got angry and was always willing to lend a helping hand.
Ceaser, as he was affectionately called, was born in Sephukubje, GaMamaila in Limpopo.
He knew his pupils well and could spot them from a mile away. He was passionate about eradicating crime and donated soccer kits to keep the children off the streets.
Ramatapa attended the local primary school and then enrolled at Mankweng High School near Turfloop before matriculating at Mokomene in Botlokwa in 1972.
In 1974 he obtained a diploma at Setotolwane College of Education. His first teaching job was at Maruatona High School at Senwamokgope, where he was later promoted to vice principal. Under his guidance, the school produced many leaders.
He studied further at the University of the North and thereafter became principal at Pelo ya Kgomo in 1992, the position he held until his death.
Ramatapa is survived by his wife Maria and three children. He will be buried at the local cemetery in Sephukubje tomorrow. The service starts at his home at 6am.