By Theodorah Mawasha
KGAPANE-As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc in some parts of the country, this means that teachers must put in extra effort to ensure that learning is not disrupted and learners forge ahead with their studies while studying at home.
Daniel Mabulana is doing extraordinary things in the classroom and outside. He was born and raised in Botshabelo village, but currently residing in Kgapane, in the Greater Letaba Municipality. In an interview with Tzaneen Voice, he reflected on his 28 years teaching journey, which began in 1993 at Mogodumo Primary School in Lebowakgomo.
“I completed my teaching Diploma at the then Thabamoopo College of Education. I then moved to Bolobedu for a permanent teaching post at Leakhale Primary School because of my mother’s weak health. I am still serving there. Teaching was instilled in me by my former teachers who are now in the ministry as pastors. They would allow me to teach my classmates when they had other work commitments and I inevitably fell in love with the profession. Otherwise, I aspired to be a soldier “He recollected.
The educator wears many hats. He is the chairperson of Bolobedu Athletics Club and has admirably completed 90 km of ultra-marathon and two oceans marathon to mention but a few. He won a trophy and a merit award certificate for his drama called “every drop count” which was motivated by the Cape Town water shortages. The play was to encourage people to save water. Furthermore, he was recognized by his school as the best teacher in the year 2017 and was awarded a trophy.
Daniel Mabulana completed two oceans marathon.
The athlete said that world teachers’ day to him means, reflecting on his school days and acknowledging the great lessons his teachers imparted on him.
“We must all celebrate this day. Journalists, Doctors, Nurses, etc. No matter how far you have gone in your schooling” he said
Mabulana concluded by encouraging parents to step in and help their children with school work and those who will be sitting for final year examinations to focus on their school work.
“My late mentor Paul Rapetsoa once wrote
“The best preparation for tomorrow is the better use of today” I wish them nothing short of the best”. He concluded.