MARAPONG — On Saturday 17 June, teachers, SADTU members, relatives and people from far and near gathered in Marapong to pay their last tribute to the late Nelsonskop Primary School Grade 5A class teacher Mrs. Tryphosa Kgare.
Mam Kgare as she was affectionately known, had been at the school for 22 years.
During the memorial service on Tuesday Mrs. Kgare was described as a dedicated teacher who excelled at the responsibilities she was tasked with.
During the funeral proceedings one of her daughters, Emma Kgare, who was with her on her last day, delivered a very moving speech focusing on her last moments. She told mourners her mother was a strong Christian who believed in God above everything.
She said though it is going to be tough living without their mother they were grateful for the wonderful example she was in their lives.
Nelsonskop Principal Mrs. MM Kekana described the late teacher as a heroine who impressed her on day one in March 1995.
Kekana said she saw things change for the positive as soon as Mam Kgare joined the school.
She encouraged mourners to take a walk to see what Nelsonskop looks like and complimented her for the decorations at the school.
“As Nelsonskop we lost a pillar and I can tell you even her class learners feel lost.
We were very close and one thing I can tell you is that Mam Kgare was a very neat, decorative and well organised person.
With her organising trips at Nelsonskop, we managed to be the first school in Marapong to travel to Durban, she also led the Sepedi Traditional group where we obtained position one in the district” said Kekana.
Part of Mam Kgare’s previous responsibilities were Chairperson of SGB at Phegelelo, Founder of Ikageng Burial Society Marapong, Deputy Chairperson of SADTU, recently secretary of SGB at Nelsonskop, Even Organiser & Co-Ordinator.
Mam Kgare passed away early on Friday morning 9 June after complaining of chest pains.
She was buried on Saturday at Onverwacht cemetery and she is survived by five children.