ZODWA Cynthia Nxumalo of 686 Dlamini 1 died last Saturday at Lesedi Clinic in Soweto after a short illness.
Nxumalo, pictured, was the redeployed to head of the notorious Kwadedangendlale High School that was plagued by hooliganism and a culture of absenteeism.
She turned the school around in one year and achieved an 80 percent matric pass rate. She surpassed this the next year when her matric class posted a 100 percent pass rate.
She was born in Moroka, Soweto on May 27 1950, the second daughter of Johannes and Elizabeth Nxumalo.
She was educated in Soweto and at Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal. She had a BA degree from the University of Zululand, a BA Honours in History from University ofDurban-Westville, a Higher Education Diploma from Unisa, BEd from the University of Johannesburg, and diplomas in computer education and human resource development.
She was among the pioneering staff under Mr Mamabolo who established Molapo Secondary School in 1978. Mamabolo was the mentor whose teachings she followed in her career.
She moved to Aurora Girls High School, where she was promoted to deputy head under Mrs Mophiring and later promoted to head at Kwadedangendlale, where she rapidly made a reputation for herself as an inspiring d leader.
Nxumalo did not believe in the myth that township schools, no matter how poorly resourced, could not produce useful and accomplished citizens.
She is survived by her sisters Sibongile and Nokuthula, her son Lwazi and two grandsons.
She will always be remembered by her pupils, teachers and the community of Zola, where she played a critical role in the upliftment of her people.
She will be buried at Lenasia Cemetery at 11.30am after a service at 8.30am at Regina Mundi Church in Rockville, Soweto.