Committed to family, country

Arthur Mngomezulu

Arthur Mngomezulu

Skhala Shadrack Dlamini has been described as a multi-talented man.

Apart from his commitment to his wife, children and work, Dlamini loved the communities he served.

His death on October 14 brought to an end the life of a man whose commitment to serving his country and his people was unquestionable.

Born in Bethal, Mpumalanga, on August 14 1956, Dlamini was the 13th of the late John and Sophy Dlamini's children.

His family moved to Boekenhoutfontein in 1964, where he started his formal education at the Zibuthe Primary School. He then proceeded to Walmansthal Secondary School and later matriculated at the Mamelodi High School.

Dlamini's first job was at Siemens. He later worked for the Malatji Bakery as a driver, before joining the Simba Snack Company, where he joined the Food and Allied Workers' Union.

At this stage he left work in the early 1990s to became chairman of the Winterveldt Development Association.

In the early years of South Africa's democratic dispensation, Dlamini was elected a councillor. He was one of the first members of the Transitional Representative Council of Winterveldt from 1995 to 2000.

Dlamini later became mayor of Winterveldt.

An activist of note, he also served on the ANC's regional executive committee in the former eastern region of North West.

In 2000 Dlamini became part of the newly established City of Tshwane metropolitan municipality. His leadership qualities were recognised immediately and he became a member of the mayoral committee for housing, city development and environmental management.

Dlamini contributed immensely to other worthy causes in his community. He established several community-based organisations, among them the Winterveldt Football Association.

A committed soccer player, he was nicknamed Wonder. Dlamini was a deadly striker in his youth.

His soccer skills saw him playing for the legendary Witbank Black Aces in the 1970s.

He also went for trials at Mamelodi Sundowns at the time.

In 2004 Dlamini formed the Winterveldt Queens Football Club to promote women's football.

He was a passionate and good golf player.

Dlamini is survived by his wife Jane, five children, three grandchildren and his four siblings.

Dlamini will be buried tomorrow after a service at the Winterveld Community Centre, which starts at 7.30am.