Sikonyela was a mother to all

Tumi Sebusi

Tumi Sebusi

Buyisiwe Sikonyela, 58, who touched the lives of many Vaal people, has died.

She died at her Sebokeng home last week after a short illness.

Born on August 1 1949 in Small Farms, Evaton, in the Vaal, "Mama" Buyisiwe, as she was popularly known, was a go-getter, a mentor and a mother to many.

Sikonyela was known for her problem-solving skills, which she used to advise her colleagues when they encountered problems.

She was a pillar of strength to those who relied on her advice.

Sikonyela was full of life and nothing was ever too much for her.

Her tenderness, kindness, passion and broad smile will always be remembered.

Sikonyela started work at the Old Mutual offices in the Vaal.

She later joined the Vaal University of Technology in Vanderbijlpark where she worked for 20 years.

She was a chef in the university's catering department.

Later she moved to the institute's administration department where she was a filing clerk - a position she held until her death.

Many students at the university regarded Sikonyela as their mother.

Apart from working at the university, Sikonyela was also recognised for her sewing and first-aid skills.

She was a devout member of the Apostolic Church of God.

Her love for God saw her preach daily to her fellow commuters on their way to and from work.

She is survived by her mother, a son, two daughters and eight grandchildren.

Sikonyela will be buried tomorrow at Vanderbjlpark Cemetery.

The service will be held at Faith Mission Church, Zone 12, Sebokeng, from 8.30am.