Ekurhuleni West TVET College pays tribute to four students from the Alberton campus, tragically lost in September
On 29 September 2020, a memorial service was held at Ekurhuleni West TVET College's Alberton Campus for Tebogo
Motloung, Kgotso Molaba and Kamogelo Motloung who were involved in an accident whilst travelling together in Alberton
on Monday, 21 September 2020.
The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, issued a statement on the passing of
the three students and sent his heartfelt condolences to their families, friends, and the EWC community. "This crash
has robbed South Africa of the young, talented and dedicated students who were determined to change their lives and
those of their families and indeed, our country, by investing in their education," said Minister Nzimande.
In the same vein, the campus was also mourning the death of Sihle Mashiqa who passed on as a result of natural
causes a week before the passing of the trio.
Ms Hellen Ntlatleng, Regional Manager for Gauteng and Free State Region, in her tribute message said, "My heart
goes to the parents. Your loss is our loss. Not only Alberton campus lost, but EWC, the community and the entire country
as a whole lost. I cannot say I feel your pain because I was not in that pain." She concluded her tribute by saying,
"It is well."
The Acting Principal of EWC, Mr Peter Mudau, said that the college had been with the families of the
deceased ever since the tragedy struck. In comforting the grieving families, he extracted some few words from the
Serenity Prayer written by the American theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr, which says, "God, grant me the serenity to accept
the things I cannot change." He said that it is in situations like this that we need to accept what we cannot change.
He concluded by saying, "I believe that we will meet these students again as we meet the Lord." His statement was
in reference to the biblical verse, 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
The memorial service was held in adherence to the COVID-19 measures and lock down Level 1 Regulations.
Some of the keynote speakers at the service - click on the thumbnails to open the gallery.