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By unknown | Jun 27, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Len Maseko

Len Maseko

From time immemorial, women have always relied on men to do the more macho and technical chores at home.

But the free-spirited Happy Pertunia Moabelo, 28, teacher at Soweto's Kelokitso Comprehensive School, was never one to be intimidated by technophobia that invariably scared away women from the male-dominated technical fields of work and study.

When other girls looked to "women-friendly" studies such as home economics, Moabelo showed a rare keenness for the technological stuff and opted to study industrial electronics instead.

The technical bug bit her soon after she had completed a teacher's diploma at the East Rand College of Education in 2001.

She completed matric at JG Stride Hoër Skool, south of Johannesburg. She later studied industrial electronics part-time and obtained an N6 certificate.

At the time of her death, Moabelo was a mathematics and technology, electronics and electrical engineering teacher at Kelokitso. She died after a long illness at her home in Dobsonville, Soweto, last weekend. Her colleagues will surely remember her for her unwavering commitment to her work, her genial nature and radiance.

She will be buried in Mokopane (Potgietersrus) tomorrow. She is survived by her son Neo, parents, two sisters and a brother.


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