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Bra Monk Segaole was a people's person

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

Puleng Magape

Puleng Magape

In Sophiatown, my father was simply known as Bra Monk. Born on February 7 1924 in the famous township, Pule Moses Segaole grew up in good company - the likes of the late Doc Bikitsha, Peggy Bel'air Senne and Don Mattera. He died on May 25 after a long illness.

He worked as a petrol attendant and a taxi driver, the skills that later came in handy when he went into business.

In the 1950s, he moved to Rustenburg, where he established a taxi business and was the first person to introduce a taxi association in the then Bophuthatswana.

His other love for training people how to drive flourished, leading to the opening of Pule's Driving School in Tlhabane township. He was the first driving school owner and trained the likes of boxers Norman "Pangaman" Sekgapane, Baby Jake Morake and former model Mirriam Motlhose.

Segaole was the people's person - well loved from Sophiatown, to Soweto and Rustenburg. He was also regarded as a wise man who instilled good morals in his children. He taught us how to think like business people.

Segaole used to tell his sons: "You must work hard and smart."

He also built a shopping centre at Tweelagte. An MP in the Bophuthatswana government, he contributed a lot to the community of Tlhabane and Tweelagte, where he helped with the building of a strong business environment.

He will be buried tomorrow at Tweelagte village outside Rustenburg. The service starts at 6:30am.


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