Beloved principal retires

The retiring principal of Rexile Primary School, Maria Mihloti Tandi (middle) is being congratulated by Soutpansberg North Circuit Manager, Dr Ntavhanyeni Phaswana (left) and Cllr Prince Sakala during her farewell at Musina ShowgroundThe retiring principal of Rexile Primary School, Maria Mihloti Tandi (middle) is being congratulated by Soutpansberg North Circuit Manager, Dr Ntavhanyeni Phaswana (left) and Cllr Prince Sakala during her farewell at Musina Showground 

Cllr Prince Sakala from Musina Municipality said Maria Mihloti Tandi’s 39 years of unbroken service in the teaching profession clearly demonstrates that she is one in a million. Sakala was speaking on behalf of Mayor Mihloti Muhlope during the occasion to bid farewell to Tandi, the principal of Rexile Primary School who retired lately. The event was held at Musina Showground.

Sakala said Tandi is one of the most responsible teachers he ever knew who followed all the responsibilities as a good teacher with full commitment. “I feel very sorry that today we are losing one of the most beloved teachers in Musina. Her work would be always in our hearts forever. We can never forget her valuable and effective contributions in the education of our children. With her vast experience and dedication, she was a guide as well as icon to many teachers. She really deserves to hear the praiseworthy words from our voices.”

He said Tandi’s dedicated years of service would always be live in everyone’s memories. “Her disciplined and committed work makes her different from others. We can proudly classify her as one of the most professional teachers with qualities of a good communicator, trainer and proficient administrator. One thing I like about her is that she is highly skilled and always kept herself updated with new changes in the education field. She is a woman with a combination of energy, honesty, love, discipline, and inspiration for all.”

Soutpansberg North Circuit Manager, Dr Ntavhanyeni Phaswana said Tandi has left an indelible mark in the teaching profession fraternity. “All the learners that have been privileged to have passed through her school over the past years are better individuals, better educated people and feel better about themselves because of her influence.   Her vision was to create a school that provided quality education for all. I am delighted but slightly saddened to have this task of officially saying goodbye to her but I can assure her that she will never be forgotten. If she put as much effort into enjoying her retirement as she did to her work all the years she spent in the teaching profession, surely her retirement will be enjoyable.”

In response, Tandi said she has worked hard and it was time for her to rest. “It was an enjoyable venture for all the 39 years because of team work. I would like to thank my colleagues, family, the Department of Education and everyone who supported me until today.” 

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