Who is Reginald Khulekani Myeza?

Khulekani Reginald Myeza was born on the 6th of May 1932 at Itshehlophe, a dispersed village located between Lower Nungwane and Lower Lovu Rivers not far from the Sugar Mill Village of Illovo Sugar Estates. His schooling started at the age of 10 at Nungwane School. In those years Adams Mission established an outstation in the Nungwane Valley, with a church which was used on Sundays for services, and as a school during the week. So on the 2nd of February 1942 the young Myeza boy started his first school year in the overcrowded church-cum-school of St. Raphael’s – the Arch Angel at Nungwane.

By 1944, when he was in Standard I, a big Boy Scouts Camp was held at Nungwane School. Young Myeza joined the Nungwane Wolf Cubs and became the leader of the first pack. He qualified as a scout in 1947. As a scout he attended the memorial service of the late Dr JL Dube who died on the 11th of February, 1946, held at Nungwane School. In 1947, during the Royal visit of King George V of England, the Boy Scouts of Natal and Zululand had the opportunity to attend the occasion of the King’s visit to Greyville Race Course. On that day they saw prominent people such as Dr. B.W. Vilakazi, Senior Lecturer in African Languages at the University of Witwatersrand, and Anton Lembede, the founder of ANC Youth League in 1944. Both Dr Vilakazi and Anton Lembede died in 1947. 1948 was his last year at Nungwane.

In 1949 he proceeded to St. Magdalene’s, a small mission station near the mouth of Ezimbokodweni River, to start a new life in boarding school. At the end of 1950 he passed Standard 7 with a second class, at the time an external examination of the Native Education Department in Pietermaritzburg.

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