Ebrahim Gaffoor together with his wife and grandchildren Zia addin, Mahi Nur, Aisha Habiba and Habib Ali

Southlands Secondary School recently bade an emotional farewell to long-serving educator, Ebrahim Gaffoor.

Gaffoor, who matriculated from Southlands Secondary in 1976, spent his entire 39-year teaching career at the school. The 60-year-old started his career teaching Grades 10 to12 Woodwork and taught Industrial Arts to Grade 8 and 9 learners. After the curriculum was changed, he taught Technology to students in Grade 8 and 9 and Tourism to students in Grades 10 to12. He followed in the footsteps of his father who was also a educator. I found teaching extremely satisfying and rewarding. As an educator you are involved in the teaching, motivating and moulding the lives of kids.

“Many of them become highly successful in their chosen career and leaders in their field of study. There is a pride which one feels as an educator, knowing that you were a part of their success,” Gaffoor said. With his illustrious teaching career now over, Gaffoor looks forward to relaxing and tackling the challenges which he will face during his retirement. “I need to just chill and do some travelling within our country and abroad. I will spend quality time with my grandchildren’’.
Gaffoor who is a practicing Muslim said, “I am a member of Phoenix Islamic Goorba Society, a community based welfare and Islamic burial society. I want to dedicate more time to this society during my retirement.’’
Principal of Southlands Secondary, D Pillay paid tribute to Gaffoor saying, “Gaffoor and I taught together for 39-years.”

He joined the school in 1980 and remained a level-1 educator throughout his career. He is a talented educator and a father-like figure to learners.

He is an individual who was strong on discipline but absolutely kind and gentle in nature at the same time. He was always keen to listen to learners and assist them with their problems. He was someone who was passionate about teaching and was one of the educators who always performed to his optimum and had a 100 percent pass rate in his classes for many years. “We will miss Gaffoor sincerely as educators like him are hard to find today.’’