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'Paki' was man of service

By unknown | Apr 30, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Penwell Dlamini

Penwell Dlamini

Teacher and businessman Mordecai "Paki" Magudulela will be remembered by those close to him as a person who loved helping other people.

Magudulela, 77, of Meadowlands died on Thursday after collapsing at his daughter's house in Vanderbijlpark in the Vaal.

He was born in Bergville, KwaZulu-Nata,l and completed his teaching diploma at St Chad's Training College in northern KwaZulu-Natal in 1957.

Magudulela started his teaching profession in KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal. After 10 years of teaching he came to Gauteng to specialise in mathematics and English.

Paki, as he was affectionately known, taught at Mzimvubu Primary School and Thutolore High School in Meadowlands, Soweto, where he was highly respected for his maths teaching methods.

After 41 years in the profession, Magudulela retired in 1998 when he was principal at Dube Finishing School, in Soweto and ventured into business, operating a petrol service station in Meadowlands.

"He liked helping other people. He was a disciplinarian in his leadership roles," said his son, Mandla Magudulela.

Mandla said his father would give free meals to needy children in his neighbourhood after school.

Magudulela is survived by six children and eight grandchildren.

He will be buried at the Avalon Cemetery today. The service will be held at the Holy Cross Anglican Church, opposite the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West, starting at 9am.


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