Mashingoane had excelled in many fields

Snowy Msobo Mashingoane was an all-rounder: she was a mother of the community, a teacher and principal of note. A chorister at heart and an activist in church.

Snowy Msobo Mashingoane was an all-rounder: she was a mother of the community, a teacher and principal of note. A chorister at heart and an activist in church.

Her death has shocked many people.

Described as a woman of substance, Mashingoane was born in Piet Retief on September 25 1927, at a village called Cream. That name inspired her and many of her peers to go out into the world and be achievers.

She attended Qhubekani Primary Combined School and trained as a teacher at the now defunct Bochabela College of Education in Middelburg, where she completed her primary teachers course.

She went back to her alma mater, Qhubekani Primary School, which today is known as Piet Retief Combined, before joining the teaching staff at Dennilton Primary School in Mpumalanga.

She later moved to Vosloorus, where she taught at Hlabahlangene Higher Primary School. Always in search of new challenges when the opportunity presented itself, she moved to the neighbouring township of Wattville, where she joined Ekukhanyeni Combined School.

Mashingoane never stopped her quest for further education. She enrolled with Vista University to improve her qualifications as a teacher. She later enrolled for a senior secondary teachers diploma, which landed her the principal's job at Mighty Bhekimfundo Primary School in Daveyton in 1979, a post she held until her retirement in 1997.

She was a member of the famous Daveyton Adult Choir under the tutelage of Abia Mahlase, a former schools inspector, and together they toured the world.

Mashingoane will be buried tomorrow at Rynssoore Cemetery. The service, at the Word Alive Church in Sehoko Street, starts at 8am.

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