The SJS Moseneke Educational Foundation was incorporated in 2012, and was officially launched on the 22nd February 2014 in Atteridgeville, where it was embraced by all the high school principals in that township. It is aimed at assisting and uplifting educators in Atteridgeville. The Foundation is focused on supporting the profession of teaching, promoting excellence in teaching by empowering educators to be the best that they can be. The Foundation is named after the late Samuel John Sedise Moseneke who dedicated over 45 years of his life as an educator.

Samuel John Sedise Moseneke, 18 February 1922 – 31 October 1999

 

 

He attended the Methodist Primary School under Headmaster Kuzwayo and was awarded a bursary to Kilnerton. He qualified as a teacher when he was barely 21 years old and assumed his first posting in Marabastad, Pretoria. He then went on to teach at Mathabathe Primary School in Atteridgeville, after the relocation of residents of Marabastad to Atteridgeville. He studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree through the University of South Africa with majors in History and Psychology. He graduated in 1954 and was promoted to teach at Hofmeyr High School. His next posting was at Nchaupe Secondary School in Makapanstad. He left Nchaupe and joined the staff at Hofmeyr High School in Atteridgeville again. His stay was a precursor to his elevation to Kilnerton High School, his alma mater, where he taught History at Matric level (Grade 12) and English at Junior Certificate level (Grade 10). He left Kilnerton in 1962 when the apartheid regime shut it down.  He went on to establish Dr WF Nkomo High School and became its inaugural principal, a position he kept until his retirement.

"Even in slavery education is precious", he often said.

He helped form the Transvaal United African Teachers’ Association (TUATA) from the remnants of divided teacher organisations, where he served as Dr. Leepile Taunyane’s deputy president for a long period. He was also co-editor of the TUATA journal. Their mission was to teach African children well beyond the narrow strictures of bantu education.

He was blessed with a long healthy period of retirement in Mabopane where he formed a retired teachers’ organisation. He also built a church, John Wesley Methodist Church, in his neighbourhood. He represented the following virtues amongst many others in his career: discipline, hard work, integrity, dedication, excellence and the acquisition of knowledge through reading. He is still a role model to numerous educators in Atteridgeville schools today.

Encha Group has pledged to the Foundation a donation that will assist the Foundation to meet its mandate in empowering the educators in Atteridgeville.

The Foundation is chaired by Advocate Samuel Lebala, SC.