Reginald Myeza

Photograph by Val Adamson

For over 50 years, through the hardships of apartheid, Reginald Myeza has relentlessly pursued his passion for the improvement of black education.

Being politically active in the 1950s meant Myeza was forced to suspend his teaching career in South Africa. He sought posts in Basutholand and later, Swaziland. He furthered his teaching qualifications receiving various University diplomas, and later enabled by scholarships and fellowships he achieved two more education degrees in England. Myeza returned to South Africa in 1980 and took various teaching positions in Natal. Later that year he rose to the post of Manager of Educational Development in the Transvaal. In 1983 Myeza was appointed headmaster of Sibusiswe High School. Here he made full use of his fund-raising skills, utilising the contacts he had developed over the years. With the likes of Toyota and Anglo American, to name a few, he was able to undertake substantial improvements, not only to the school infrastructure but also to the upgrading of teachers education and the curriculum. After seven successful years at Sibusiswe, Myeza held two more principal posts. He also lectured at the University of Durban-Westville and the Ndebele College of Education until his retirement in 1998.

Mr Myeza has set a shining example in the struggle for educational freedom, showing that through conviction and perseverance, one can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.

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