Ousie Kgoadi loved children

Danny Magudulela

Magdeline "Ousie" Kgoadi was regarded as the mother of her community.

Her death this week has left a void that will be difficult to fill, specially for the poor she helped feed and clothe. Kgoadi had a soft spot for children.

"All the children of Wattville are my children," she used to say.

Born at Old Etwatwa location on January 1 1947, Kgoadi attended Lesetja Primary School and completed matric at Etwatwa High.

She joined the workforce at President Knitting Mills, and when the company moved she joined Farrameer until her retirement in the 1980s.

After retirement she decided to help children. She set up a soup kitchen with other members of her community and ended up feeding even adults.

With government support she was able to reach even more people, including supplying food to Lethabong Clinic in Wattville.

She was also involved in feeding schemes for HIV-Aids and TB patients in their homes.

She was treasurer of the Lesetja Primary governing body and an executive member of the Ratanang Women's Club.

"We will continue where she left off, otherwise we would be failing the people of Wattville," her grandson Tebogo Kgoadi said.

She is survived by five children. She will be buried tomorrow at Ekurhuleni East Metropolitan Cemetery in Boksburg.

The service starts at 9am at her home in PP Makhubo Street, Masoueu View.