Meet Nontisikelelo Qwelane, Mzansi and Africa’s oldest teacher at 99


– Nontisikelelo Qwelane started working as a teacher in 1940

– The South African educator is now the oldest teacher in Africa

– The 99-year-old still teaches at the Metropolitan International College White River in Mpumalanga

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Mark Twain once said, “Find a job you enjoy doing and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

His words could not have been more true for an elderly lady identified as Nontisikelelo Qwelane. The 99-year-old started teaching in 1940 and she has not yet retired.

Briefly.co.za learned the woman, who teaches at the Metropolitan International College White River in Mpumalanga, is reportedly the oldest teacher in both South Africa and Africa as a whole.

Meet Nontisikelelo Qwelane, Mzansi and Africa’s oldest teacher at 99
Photo: Left – Blessings Ramoba/Twitter, right – Wikimedia Commons
Source: UGC

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Her inspiring story was shared on Twitter by social media user Blessings Ramoba last week.

His post was captioned:

“South Africa’s 99-year-old Nontisikelelo Qwelane is Africa’s oldest teacher.She started teaching in 1940. She teaches at the Metropolitan International College White River in Mpumalanga. She received a national honour, Order of the Baobab, in 2013. Let’s celebrate her.”

Take a look at the post below:

Ramoba also shared her story on Facebook and the post gathered over a thousand likes.

Another tweep, @Mfundoyakhe_S, shed more light on the award the gogo received in 2013.

He wrote:

“Nontsikelelo Qwelane received the Order of Ikhamanga in bronze for her outstanding contribution to education in SA and for being an inspiration and role model to both young and old people. At the age of 92 in 2013 Qwelane has earned the title of the oldest known teacher in SA.”

Social media users applauded the elderly lady for still living out her dream as a teacher despite almost being 100 years old.

Twitter user, @Chanaaz786, commented:

“Thank you Madam Qwelane, good teachers are my favourite people.”

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