POLOKWANE – Thokozane Mhlongo was acknowledged for her selflessness, hard work and dedication towards ensuring the smooth running of the school.
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“I was the acting principal at the school from 2009 to 2012 before I was appointed as principal. In my 39 years in teaching, working at Nirvana Primary School has definitely been the most challenging as I had to lead people from a variety of cultures compared to my teaching days. I managed this all through the grace of God. Managing to remain fair across the board, ensuring the school’s policies were always respected and implemented, helped me stand out. This united the staff, including the SGB and the community. I believe the school is in good hands and the development of teachers will continue to be a priority to ensure the smooth running of the school,” Thokozane said.
One of her colleagues, Ellen Mojapelo, is currently the acting principal of the school. She said she has learnt a lot from Thokozane the past year about how to run the school flawlessly.
“She is a loving person, God-fearing and emotionally stable. These are all aspects which made her stand out, both here at work and at home. I aspire to follow in her footsteps and take up where she left off to ensure the school remains running smoothly,” Ellen said.
SGB Chairperson, Joey Williams, applauded Thokozane on her hard work and dedication towards the interest of the school.
“I especially applaud her for her dedication towards the school, being professional and time-conscious as well as diligent and straight forward, always respecting deadlines. I wish her the best of luck with her future endeavours,” Joey said.
Thokozane’s advice for the school and community is to continue working together for the betterment and upliftment of both the school and the community.