Gratitude Lunch

“Teachers teach for the outcome and not the income”.

23 years ago, I had passed matric with an average of 57% and couldn’t get into the course that I wanted to study. The odds were against me. Not only was I already 20 years old, I was penniless and schools did not accept matriculants who had already written their exams to repeat. I was desperate. 
But one Peter Ross took a chance and allowed me to repeat matric at Jeppe Boys High School. Of course he later had to discuss this unusual move with then principal Kevin Tate, who not only accepted the decision but arranged a scholarship to fund my studies. Together, these two gentlemen changed the trajectory of my life. 
Yesterday Motheo and I had the honour of hosting them and their spouses Margie and Elize together with the current school principal of Jeppe Girls High School Ms Dina Goncalves. They were also joined by my former classmate in matric Gabriel and his family. 
It was wonderful to reconnect and engage in stimulating conversation about the education system in SA. A wealth of knowledge and experience at one table.
Thank you to Chef Matlhomola of TM Innovations for a delectable meal and excellent service. You literally brought the restaurant to our home.

1 Comment

  • Edward Mzwandile Ngubane, May 12, 2021 @ 7:29 pm Reply

    Your story never ceases to inspire me Dr Taban. I was one of your Covid patients in January 2021 at Midstream Clinic. You saved my life. I have endless respect for you. And I think this lunch is a great gesture from you, to go back and thank people who had created a turning point in your life. Well done. We often forget to go back and say thank you.

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