The African saying that "a good teacher is like the sun that lights even the darkest of corners for all people and for all future generations" holds true for the late Ephraim Kwena Mohetloa.
"Bra Bizzah" as Mohetloa was affectionately known in Daveyton Extension 2, Benoni, was born on December 18 1945, in Moletji in Pietersburg, now Polokwane, in Limpopo.
He retired six years ago and fell ill in 2004. He died last Tuesday at Ga-Manamela village.
Mohetloa started and completed his education in Polokwane, where he qualified as a teacher in 1967. Two years later, he moved to Daveyton to start an illustrious and fulfilling teaching career at Mabuya High School.
His former student, and later a colleague, Philly Masemola, said Mohetloa was an excellent Afrikaans and agriculture teacher.
"His ability to teach Afrikaans earned him respect among students, who regarded the language as a form of servitude by the apartheid regime. He was forthright, very humble and excelled in whatever task was given to him," Masemola said.
When Benoni United, alias the Rabbits, was riding the crest of the wave in the NPSL, it was Mohetloa who produced and trained the likes of Aaron "Pancho" Nkosi, Happycow Nkomo, Nhlanhla Kubheka, Veli Mzimela and many other soccer players.
He was also responsible for Mabuya High annexing the 1975 Coca-Cola Cup and the National Milk Cup competition in 1986. Some of his charges also went on to join prominent national clubs such as Kaizer Chiefs.
Mohetloa, who is survived by three daughters, will be buried tomorrow in Ga-Manamela.