Darky Eugene Maduna was a well-known English teacher and choral conductor from Ekurhuleni. He leaves behind a great legacy in choral music, which he taught at school and in community choirs.
Maduna was born on August 9 1930 in Johannesburg and moved with his family to Pretoria.
He obtained a diploma in teaching from Kilnerton Training College and his JC certificate from Hofmeyer African High School. He completed his matric while teaching.
He taught many pupils in the Ekurhuleni districts, first at Ilinge High School in Vosloorus, Boksburg, then at Etwatwa High School in Wattville, and finally at Mabuya High School in Daveyton where he stayed until his retirement.
He was the founder and conductor of the Wattville Adult Choir which gained a reputation for its magnificent renditions of classical and African compositions.
He won several provincial eisteddfods with the Etwatwa and Mabuya school choirs.
His colleague Philly Masimola said Maduna was a great teacher and a gentleman.
"He was my teacher and mentor. He made me love teaching. It is not the system of education that is good. It is the people who make it good. He was one of the rare ones.
"I joined him at Mabuya where we became friends, which was an honour to me," Masimola said.
Maduna will be buried on Saturday at Lala Ngoxolo Cemetery in Crystal Park at noon.
The service will be held at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church in Phuthi Street at 8.30am.
He leaves his wife of 50 years, Agnes, three sons and eight grandchildren.