Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

Mathibela Godfrey Aphane interpreted the vision of "a better life for all" as demanding on him to assume direct responsibility for contributing to the upliftment of his fellowmen.

At the time of his death, after a car accident on August 14, Aphane was working as manager in the office of Limpopo's MEC for health and social development.

He was fully committed to providing both materially and psychologically to help those he cared for.

He also constantly reminded them of their responsibility to help bring about a caring society.

Magod, as Aphane was fondly known, loved life and had a taste for the good things. Few could match his flair for fashion.

He had the rare ability to appreciate both the arts and sport. Over and above being a fitness fanatic, not only would he find time to take part in marathons but was also once awarded the prize for "the fittest male member of the Virgin Active Club in Polokwane".

He swam and played soccer. Magod was an ardent jazz collector with a great admiration for avantgarde jazz.

He loved sport and the arts so much that he would attend the Zion Christian Church in Seshego for its midweek services just so he could get a chance to take part in the mkhukhu dance.

He was a traditionalist at heart, uncompromising in his belief in upholding African religion and cultural practices. He was a mentor to many people throughout their lives and all who were privileged to meet him were touched profoundly.

Aphane was born on August 8 1963 in Magatle, Zebediela. He lived the better part of his life with his grandparents. He went to school at Magatle Primary, Tubake Secondary, Ribane Laka High School and attended the University of the North (Limpopo) where he graduated in 1993.

He married Ntombenhle Mkhwanazi in 2000 and the couple has four children. He also leaves behind his mother, sister and two brothers.

He will be buried at his home in Moloto near KwaMhlanga tomorrow. The service starts at his home at 7am.