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'Slender' was a great walker

By unknown | Jun 20, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Danny Magudulela

Danny Magudulela

Mapule Mavis Mahlasela was fit as a fiddle. At least that's what most people thought, until she died suddenly.

Mahlasela, who died last Friday, used to walk to the Benoni central business district almost every day.

She was never sickly and encouraged others to follow suit as the spiralling costs of taxis became unaffordable

.She was born in Wattville on April 4 1959 and started school at Magalegase Primary before attending Lesabe Higher Primary.

Her Grade 8 geography teacher, Sobhuza Magudulela, this week paid tribute to one of his brightest students. He remembered how Mahlasela got a 100percent in a monthly test and she wasover the moon.

She later attended Etwatwa High School, where she completed her matric and excelled in netball, which earned her the nickname "slender".

After leaving school she was employed at Spes Bona, where she worked for the next 16 years. At the time of her death she was working for the Springbok Hair Salon in Benoni.

Her sister-in-law Ntombi Mahlasela said she was like a sister to her.

Neighbour Charlote Moreosele said: "Mahlasela was like a child to me and I will miss her uncomplaining nature and easygoing attitude and riveting smile."

Mahlasela will be buried at Van Dyck Cemetery in Boksburg tomorrow. The service, at the 12th Apostolic Faith Mission church, starts at 8.30am.


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