Freddie was born on the 10th June 1966 in Daveyton into a family of 9 children, and he was the last-born child. He’s married to Ngingi, and they are blessed with two handsome young men, Boitumelo and Kabelo, as well as a granddaughter named Paballo.
He underwent schooling at Moshoeshoe and Baikagetse primary schools, then proceeded to Nyathi and Mabuya secondary schools. His tertiary education commenced at Rhodes University where he studied journalism, but was cut short by financial constraints, upon which he returned to Daveyton, and took up a temporary teaching job at Mabuya secondary school, teaching English and History. With the seed of teaching now planted in him, thereafter he proceeded to the University of the Witwatersrand to study B.A. Education. He has also acquired various diplomas including Adult Basic Education and Training, as well as Project Management.
Freddie worked at Phuting Nest from 1992, before proceeding to Unity secondary school. In 1995 he became a district official of the department of education responsible for ABET. In 1996 he took over the responsibility of School Governance and Education Management, and later worked in the Policy and Planning Sub-directorate, which he eventually headed as a Chief Education Specialist. At the time of his passing, he was the Chief Education Specialist managing the Education Operations & Support sub-directorate of the Ekurhuleni North District of Gauteng Department of Education.
Throughout his life, Freddie has demonstrated to be a motivated initiative taker, a team player, a firm yet friendly manager, a critical thinker, a visionary leader, and a committed community builder. He was also an avid reader, thus able to quote various authors in most of his interaction with other people. And he liked to laugh aloud a lot.
At high school he was part of student protests against bantu education, having to flee home to evade the police during his matric year. He survived shooting and poisoning incidents during this period. He would often remind his peers that he is a proud product of Caiphus Nyoka, the youth activist who was brutally shot and killed by the apartheid police at his parents’ home in Daveyton in 1987. He was also active in student politics at tertiary level, occupying various leadership positions.
As a district official, he interacted with a wide range of stakeholders, including SGBs, RCLs, Teacher Unions, NGOs and business partners. He was instrumental in the establishment of ERSA, recruiting both staff and learners, publicised and marketed the institution, and also participated in fundraising programmes for the school. He even twinned the school with international institutions such as Cheshire Country in Britain. He was also instrumental in the opening of many other new schools in the district. He executed his duties with great enthusiasm. When Bekekayo was changed from a combined school to an ordinary primary school, Freddie used his own car to ferry learners to go and register at the new schools around Etwatwa area, he literally chased after a few learners, put them in his car, and transported them to schools nearer to their homes. Freddie had an amazing amount of energy, and refused to allow obstacles to stand in his way during the course of executing his duties. He was at the forefront of establishing non-racialism in school sports, which led to the formation of Benoni Schools Sports Committee, of which he was part. He was also part of the Gauteng Department of Education Mission to Canada to exchange views on educational matters with the provincial education department of Toronto and Quebec.
Freddie was a community builder and leader, having served as the secretary of Daveyton Community Development Forum in 1995; the forum‘s many achievements include the building of the Daveyton Mall and Etwatwa cemetery. He also participated in the CPF, whose duty is to assist the police to fight crime. He has also served as an official of the Independent Electoral Commission.
Freddie was part of teachers who were active in NEUSA, and was a founding member of Benoni Teachers Union (BETU). He was part of the team that actively prevented the apartheid inspired school inspections and stopped the police from invading schools and harassing learners. He was also a founder member and leader of SADTU, serving as an organizer, whose main task was to recruit and mobilize teachers in the Daveyton / Watville area. True to his strong character, he was adamant that every school is a SADTU base. Freddie was nicknamed “COSATU “within SADTU circles because he tirelessly campaigned for SADTU to affiliate to COSATU, and indeed that mission was accomplished.
He actively participated in re-building strong ANC/SACP structures, following the unbanning of political organizations in 1990. He also actively participated in the ANC programmes in Crystal Park / Chief Luthuli area, serving as the branch chairperson from 2010 – 2012. During this period, he energetically ensured that community needs are attended to, and refused to be confined to petty squabbles. His loyalty was to the movement, not individuals. The organization, under his leadership, remained intact and implemented its programmes, ensuring that community needs are attended to by those in authority. He participated in the election campaigns of the ANC, to ensure that his party wins decisively in both national/provincial & local government elections. He clearly understood what it means to lead and to be led.
He leaves behind a rich history of fighting for a better schooling system for our learners, and a better life for our communities. He will forever occupy a special place in our hearts.
MAY HIS SELFLESS SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE!! GO WELL CHIEF!!!!