A teacher in a million
Sydney Thandukwazi Nkosi's sudden death last Saturday saddened all those of us who had hoped he would pull through.
When he slipped into a coma we prayed that Nkosi would come out of it and nurse himself back to health.
But it was not to be.
Born in Katlehong on January 4 1971, Nkosi attended Phumelela Primary, then matriculated at Fumana High School. He enrolled at the University of Cape Town and later attended North West University.
At the time of his death Nkosi worked for the Minerals and Energy Department and taught maths and physical science at the Aaron Moeti Adult Education Centre in Katlehong.
I met Nkosi in 2004 at our adult education centre. Armed with a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Physics, we welcomed him.
Nkosi became an instant hit with the students because he had an amazing approach that made his lessons exciting and interesting.
His class was always lively and he was loved by his students throughout the nine satellites of our centre.
He remained humble and modest about his academic achievements.
Nkosi did everything in his power to prevent people from being intimidated by his academic achievements.
His colleague Bantu Gabuza said: "When an educator attends to his teaching duties on weekends and during school holidays, you should know that he means business. Such was Sydney."
Our education centre has lost a teacher who understood the value of education, especially the importance of maths and science.
Nkosi discharged his duties with passion. He always put his students first and did everything in his power to educate them about the importance of education.
The dedicated Nkosi was selfless in empowering his students with maths and science.
Nkosi, who is survived by his mother, two brothers, two sisters and four children, will be buried tomorrow at South Park Cemetery.
The service, at Lethukuthula High School in Katlehong, will start at 8am.